Monday, May 22, 2017

Mini Higgs build, part 2

The fin units have tabs that fit into precut slots. I put them on with the Trim and Molding glue, No fuss no muss. The standoff for the upper launch lug also mounts this way.

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The nose cone consists of eight interlocking pieces and also is easy to assemble. Once the glue is dry, the ends of both sections will be sanded flat. There is a square of balsa to cover the top and a balsa nose cone shoulder.

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I was stuck in a drying cycle so I built the parachute. I originally thought I'd use a nylon one from the ol' range box but liked the pattern on the stock canopy.  The canopy is pre-cut and has holes for shroud lines. But you don't use them. Instead, the kit uses self-adhesive strips. The middle of these are not adhesive and form an eyelet where the lines are tied. The instructions even show how to tie buntline hitch knots. I never used this knot but will in the future.

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