These are embossing templates for recreating the embossed cardstock shrouds for this classic Centuri model rocket kit. It's not parts for building the rocket itself but rather tools for making the parts. Using regular cardstock and readily available embossing tools from a craft store you can make your own parts!
These tools will help you recreate the parts for the kit but you will need other things as well. You should download the original instructions from:
You will also need:
- Embossing tool(s) such as those made by McGill but any stick with a smooth 1/16" rounded end should work
- Cardstock, preferably with a smooth, shiny clay coating
- Medium weight chipboard
- Piano wire to make the landing struts
- BT20 motor tube
- BT20 engine block
- 18mm motor retainer
- 1/8" launch lug
It's also helpful if you have a craft circle cutting tool for cutting out the shrouds for accuracy.
You must refer to the original instructions for assembly but here are some tips for using the templates. The cardstock should be placed in the template face down. If you have clay finished cardstock this is the outer face. It takes paint better. Use an embossing tool to trace the outline of each feature. You need to press firmly but not too hard as to slip or tear the card stock. Practice with scraps to get the hand of it. The main shroud is in 6 pieces. Refer to the instruction drawings for the layout of each one. The same for the core tube template which has a repeated pattern. The minor shroud template is used my embossing a section, sliding the cardstock to work on the next section but overlapping a stripe to help register the pattern.
If you use unfinished cardstock or chipboard for the parts it is recommended to use a couple of coats of sanding sealer and priming prior to assembly. It will make painting easier later.
Also included are a PDF for decals and a 2D drawing of the base plate part in case you have access to a laser cutter.