In 1967 Centuri released a new kit known as the Defender Space Probe. The Defender was Centuri first rocket kit with a 3 engine cluster. Looking at the kit you can immediately see the influence of NASA and the Apollo program. The rocket incorporates many transistions that suggest staging in modern rockets. The rocket also includes a small payload bay. The description in the original Centuri kit says it can carry a payload of up to 3 ounces.
This month Semroc has released the Defender as part of it’s Retro-Repo line of new kits. The new release includes the usual improvements that Semroc is known for like the Kevlar cord and all balsa transistions. The kit is wonderful piece of nostalgia and was a pleasure to build.
One tip that I used that I’ll pass on is paint the clustered engine tubes prior to inserting into the larger tubes. You can sand the areas that will attach to the larger tubes after the paint has dried to create a good seal with the glue.
Defender in Flight – click to enlarge
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