so I started this Pepakura build using Fierfek's files from the RPF. This isnt my first work in pepakura but it is the first one that I plan on fully completing. all the others I have made just made it to the resin stage and maybe some paint as "look at me" type thing. Here is my progress up to the resining stage:
upon completing the rocket I feared I would have to redo it because it got a bit gnarled in the mid section.... had my fingers crossed though
With a couple of options on where to start the main body I decided to go from the back out. (or would it be the front? anyways, the part that actually connects to the backplate)
I then proceeded to build outwards with the two pentagonal shafts that flank either side of the central tube.
knowing I couldn't continue the central shaft with any form structural integrity I added the base and a portion of the curved top.
I forgot to take photos around here but here it is with the caps connected and the two shafts linked by the center of the pack.
here is the pack with the main body completed. (I plan to do the thrusters at a later date)
I took two days to resin the mixture because I used very little hardener. this was done semi-intentionally as I have heard that the longer it takes to cure the smoother the final result will be. This worked great the first day but I got impatient today. (the orange piece is to keep the thruster attachment point circular as it kept wanting to collapse)
here it is after the resin had fully cured. (note the rough on the right side of pack. this is a direct outcome of my aforementioned impatience.)
That's my progress so far. I will probably be building the thrusters and rondoing the inside of the pack over the long weekend.
If you are wondering what happened to the rocket I trashed it. After the resin and rondo it got pretty messed up and I decided it wasnt worth the effort of trying to salvage it. so a new rocket is also on the agenda!
any advice or constructive input would be greatly appreciated!