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Finished Photos of Evel Knievel's 1/18 Scale X-2 Skycycle Rocket

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    December 2010
Posted by Phillip1 on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 9:08 PM

Gamera-You are welcome!

modelcrazy-Do you remember when stuntman Eddie Braun did a successful jump of Snake River Canyon in 2016? He built a very near duplicate of the X-2 (named EVEL SPIRIT).  His success at least proved the engineering design of the X-2 as a stable rocket platform.  I always thought the X-2 was a great looking design and the having the eye-popping American flag paint scheme makes it a very cool modeling subject. 

Phillip1

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    July 2014
Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, December 20, 2021 4:37 PM

Yeah, I remember that one. Such a disappointment that was. His launch site is about two hours from me.

Steve

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, December 20, 2021 2:59 PM

Wow, thanks!!! As I say I sorta remember it, but not that well. Thanks for the refresher!

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by Phillip1 on Saturday, December 18, 2021 9:09 AM

Gamera/Bakster,

Thanks for the compliments!  They are appreciated.  I overlooked that most people on this forum either do not remember this event or have never heard of it.  Below are a several photos taken the day the jump was made.

Thanks

Phillip1 

 

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Monday, December 13, 2021 10:17 PM

Very cool idea and project. Nicely done! Yes

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    November 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Monday, December 13, 2021 7:54 PM

Oh wow now that's different and cool!!! I grew up in the late '70s and early '80s and sorta remember that. 

I've had 3D printed stuff that rough, musta been a pile of sanding and filling. Fantastic work on getting everything all smooth and perfect. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

  • Member since
    December 2010
Posted by Phillip1 on Sunday, December 12, 2021 9:56 AM

keavdog,

Thanks for the compliment.  The jump turned out to be a pretty big "nothing" since the recovery parachute deployed almost immediately after launch causing the wind to take the X-2 back to the original side of the river.  Knievel was initally blamed for causing this, but later analysis showed a mechanical flaw made it happen.

Phillip1

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Saturday, December 11, 2021 7:11 PM

That's really cool!  I remember watching that as a kid with great disappointment.  Nice work sanding that - turned out great.

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    December 2010
Finished Photos of Evel Knievel's 1/18 Scale X-2 Skycycle Rocket
Posted by Phillip1 on Saturday, December 11, 2021 3:09 PM

Fellow Modelers,

Below are photos of my 1/18 scale X-2 Skycycle Rocket flown by stunt performer Evel Knievel when he attempted to jump Snake River Canyon (Twin Falls, Idaho) on September 8, 1974.  The basic assembly is a 3D Printing I purchased from the Evel Knievel Museum in Topeka, Kansas last year.  Completing this project required a large amount of sanding, scratch-building and creating custom water-slide decals.  The total project time was about 136 hours.  The overall length is 15” (including nose boom and tailfin probe).  The last few photos show the 3D Printing before any work began.

I hope you enjoy the photos.
 
Phillip1
 
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