Little Joe Build

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    step 1

    First I clear coated parts LJ1 and LJ9. Both were on the same area together.

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    Next I rolled them into form.

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    Next glue LJ1 using former LJ1A and make the body of the rocket. Cutout LJB and LJ2 for assembly.

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    Next glue in the LJ1B former at the top of the cylinder. Then I put some glue just behind it and pushed the LJ2 support from the bottom up and let it rest against the LJ1B former. Also clear coated the LJ3 part and added more black around the LJ4 part.

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    Thanks for the Show!

    I always have been a fan of that rocket! I have a flying version too!

    Thank You for showing Your build work.

    Carl
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    Thanks Carl, I like all the stuff you have done too. Next I glued LJ3 to LJ4 and at this point there is no way of locating the assembly at the bottom so I printed another LJ1B and glued it at the point where the dark gray fields on the outside are. I also colored the inside with a silver metalic Sharpie.

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    Lookin good buddy!
    Chris
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    Here the bottom plate is installed. The holes for the rocket nozzles should be lined up with the recessed area around the bottom, as they will point out to the sides.

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    Next come the rocket nozzels LJ5 to LJ8. The model has the lines for the angle to locate them in the body but they were just white so I colored the area that would show after assembly with siver sharpie and clear coated them.

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    Thanks Chris. I them colored the back side with a black sharpie.

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    Cardstalker,

    You're doing a great job on the Little Joe, and I wanted to thank you for the clear coat information also.

    I got to see one of the Little Joe II's close-up at the wonderful Space Museum at Alamogordo, NM. Its size is deceptive until you stand right next to it. Makes you admire the engineers and scientists of the 1960's who brought us through the Apollo program...they really thought everything through, then tested and proved so many concepts.

    Good luck with your build,

    Steve Austin
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    Thanks Steve, never got to see one myself. Next I put the nozzels together. Now these come to a point and are butt joined. Makes them tuff to rollo and keep together. So I got the bight idea to find something that would hold them together while the glue dried. Guess what I figured out to use. Washers. Went to the Hardware store and got a hole bunch of different sizes for a few penny's each. You can see the steps of the assemblely here, worked out good. Neet little trick I sure will use again.

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    OMG, this is pure genius! Washers! Got a garage full of them. This is a great idea - thanks for sharing this.

    BTW, speaking of the Little Joe, have you seen the web site that had these crazies in CA building one so large they had to truck it around on a trailer behind their car? Build of plywood and other big stuff, and they actually LAUNCHED this thing!

    Great build!
    Rick

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    Thanks Rick, no I have not seen it, can you get the web page for it and let me know, would like to see it. Next is the attatude ajusting rockets. They are a bit of a pain cause they are so small. These are parts LJ19 through LJ32. You can see the assembley sequence form left to right. The rocket cones are set at a slight angle and I left them white while I assembeled them and then colored them black at the end.

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    Here is the bottom end complete. Note all the rocket cones point outwards.

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    Next is the main fins. Here they are after Clear Coat. Parts LJ15 through LJ18.

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    Next are the fin sides. Parts LJ11 through LJ14. After clear coat I needed to scrape off the clear coat on the joiner areas. just take the end of your exacto knife and scrape it off. Takes a little time but not to bad. This way white glue will hold things together.

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    As you can see at the top left of the pic, I cut the one area out more then showen as it will overlap each other and cause a bulge on the fin. At the bottom i cut the end back a little bit too as it was to long and would not blend with the fin when assembled.

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    Here is the link I have http://www.plasterblaster.com/special_projects.html