A few days ago, I mentioned that I had ordered a Falcon 9 kit from SpaceX. A mere 4 days later, it showed up at my door. This was none too soon as my interest in detailing the Harpoon has waned. One day, I'll find some vinyl tape or a sheet of Trim Monokote and my interest will re-peak.
The kit came nicely packaged in a box with the small parts being in plastic bags. I surveyed the parts and will make some observations. As expected, the thick walled body tube came with a factory installed wrap. The plastic Dragon capsule (aka nose cone) and tail sections look really great. You can see a lot of attention-to-detail in the kit. The motor tube is marked for the upper centering ring and has a laser cut slot for the Estes-style motor hook. The clear, snap-in fins are clean and hopefully will install without issue. Finally, I noted that the two 'chutes are SpaceX-branded too. Pretty cool!
Before I start building I have to make a couple of decisions. Well, only one of the decisions is needed to start building. That is, will I use the motor hook or will I try making a screw-on retainer from water bottle. I'll have to re-read Chris Michielssen's write-ups on the retainers and the of kit itself.
Also, I don't really want to use two 'chutes to I'll have to decide whether to uses a stock 12" SpaceX 'chute or a larger nylon one. Since the capsule is small and light, I guess adding it to the main 'chute shouldn't be an issue.