Sunday, November 8, 2020

A question of supply...

Estes Yankee Clipper (Click to enlarge).

I have been making good progress finishing off builds that have languished for months. This year's 4th of July rocket, the Yankee Clipper, is finally done, and I have 4 others sitting in white primer awaiting their coats of paint. Considering they were in gray primer at the beginning of the week, that's good progress, especially when you realize that I had to sand all that primer off before applying the white. I was pretty pleased with myself as I started looking for my cans of gloss white, which I use as the base coat on all of my models.

Models in primer - from left, clone of the Estes Screaming Eagle, Estes Olympus, Jupiter-C
plastic model conversion, and the Boyce Redstone Missile (Click to enlarge).

And that's when I realized I had a problem...

I had only a couple of cans of Krylon gloss white, and those were practically empty - maybe enough for the small Screaming Eagle, but certainly not enough for the Estes Olympus and the Boyce Redstone. So I hopped onto the Internet to order a case (6 cans) of Krylon Acryli-Quik gloss white.

Only to find out no one had any...

It turns out that the manufacturer (Krylon) is suffering from a materials shortage due to the pandemic, and gloss white is backordered to the tune of 1-2 months.


Desperately looking for cans of this stuff...

I could use another paint brand like Rustoleum, but it isn't as forgiving as Krylon with regard to runs and drips; also, other folks have had poor "orange peel" or crinkled finishes. Not my thing... 

So I scoured the Internet some more, and finally located a couple of cans in a mom and pop shop up North. So I placed the order, and am keeping my fingers crossed their online inventory is accurate.

Because no one else has any.

However, things are not at a complete stop. I have a can of Testor's white to use on the Jupiter-C, so it will get moved to the front of the line while I await the arrival of more Krylon. That's probably a good thing, because it takes Testor's enamel a long, long time to dry (at least a week).

The pandemic continues to affect us in unforeseen ways...


  1. Hi, Bill,
    Is that Jupiter-C the old Hawk kit or is it another manufacturer?

  2. It's a Hawk kit I got off eBay a few years ago.

  3. That is cool! Back in the old days I had a Hawk JupiterC which was built as a static display model before I discovered flying model rockets. Sometime around 1975 the C came off the shelf and was taken apart to retro-convert into a flying model.
    It performed very well under power, just use some nose weight. Also, the nose must be rigged up so that the top stage/Explorer will not break off during landing. Mine broke off on the model's first flight, and was replaced with a wood dowel.