Kit review: Neubauer Micro Juno 1
I just saw these at Discount Rocketry on Monday, and so decided
to try the online ordering, which worked great, and I had the kit
on Friday. I have all of the other micro kits, from when they
were Boyce Aerospace, and knew this would make a great addition.
The kit is 8.5" long, and 18mm diameter, and uses 13mm motors.
It has plastic fins, and resin cast nose cone pieces, and a streamer
for recovery. The kit comes with a full length body wrapper for
the markings, so the only painting is on the nose cone, and the black
for the appropriate fins.
The kit went together in about 3 hours including painting, and looks great.
There were a few minor things that needed fixing. The nose cone sections
needed some sanding to get rid of some mold marks on the ends, and a small
void had to be filled. The most annoying thing was that the hole that is molded
into both nose sections for the dowell that connects the main cone and the sattelite
booster, and also acts as the sattelite, was molded off center and took some
appropriate drilling to make them line up correctly. The body tube was poorly
trimmed, and I had to re-cut it.
The body wrapper went on fine, although one antenna marking was on the side that is
supposed to be overlapped, and would have been covered, so I had to trim the other side
so it could be seen. The nose was glued together with thin CA after it was assembled.
The thin CA just wicks in to the joint. The clear launch lug is attached with epoxy
after drilling small holes in it along the glue joint so that the epoxy will form
little rivets and hold it in place.
The motor mount went together fine and was installed. The fins were pre-cut from a much
thinner material than the Boyce kits, and needed minor scoring to come free. They needed
just a touch of sand paper. They should make the kit more stable since they are adding
less weight than the thicker Boyce fins on the Redstone kit, but they are too thin
to get any angles on the edges like in the real thing. They epoxy on, and then you paint
the appropriate sides black to match the roll pattern. The instructions are very clear, and
easily show you how to paint the right fins. I painted the nose, and added the black paint
stripes, and gave it a shot of krylon clear coat to protect the body wrapper.
In conclusion, I think that this is one of the better micro kits, and really looks great
when finished. I have no worries about stability, since the boyce redstone is slightly
more tail heavy, and flies straight with the stock fins. Try one!