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Alpha 3D Model Rocket

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3D model description

This is my tribute to a classic Estes kit. The Estes Alpha III was one of the first rocket kits I built as a kid. While this isn't an exact copy of that kit, it is quite similar appearance.

You can either print just the nose cone and fin canister and use standard BT-50 body tube (6" long) or you can print the body tube model using 'vase mode' (single wall spiral w/ no top or bottom).

You can use either ABS or PETG for printing. I used ESun PETG translucent orange for my 'full print' version. For ABS I've found the FoxSmart ABS to be a good and cost effective filament. The version built with a standard body tube has red FoxSmart ABS for nose cone and fin canister. The 'thick' version of the fin canister has slightly thicker fins for more durability.

Try an A8-3 for first flight, B6-4 for second flight.

Launch video:

3D printing settings

0.2mm layers, ABS or PETG

3D printer file information

  • 3D design format: STL Folder details Close
    • BT50_Alpha_3D_bodyTube_15cm.stl
    • BT50_Alpha_3D_finCan.stl
    • BT50_Alpha_3D_finCan_thick_fins.stl
    • BT50_Alpha_3D_nose_cone.stl
    • BT50_bodyTube_15cm_spiral_vase_mode.stl

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  • Last update: 2018/04/08 at 20:55
  • Publication date: 2018/04/02 at 04:08





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