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Mercury Redstone Capsule Escape Tower

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I came across in my old rocket box an unopened Estes Mercury Redstone model from the 70's... you can tell it's old because of the price!I I also recalled reading more than once that the capsule escape tower was a bear to build because of all the small wooden parts required to make the structure look like the real thing.

Seemed to me that a 3D printed tower might be a 3D file in which model builders would be interested. I created the CAD file from an image I found in a Google image search. I saved it out as an .STL file and pulled it into my Cura slicer.

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The first print was a disaster because the complete hollow tower volume became filled with support material that is literally impossible to remove. So I gave up on the first try and reprinted the model with the rocket side down and received a very usable result with a little support to help the horizontal structures in the frame of the tower.

I hope Mercury Redstone fans find this useful for increasing the realism of their model.

  • 3D file format: STL
  • 3D model size: X 22.2 × Y 99.9 × Z 23.3 mm
  • Publication date: 2021/03/02 at 22:03

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Freelance Solidworks CAD designer with some childhood experience building and flying Estes rockets. Welcome suggestions about rocket theme suggestions for 3D printer files you'd like me to post here.

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