Dr. Zooch Return To Flight Space Shuttle build thread- #2
Since the crash of TRF wiped out all the great info on the Zooch Shuttle build, and since I bought one of these kits last October, and since I figured I could use some more 'conventional' glider experience before diving into my Zooch Lifting Body rocket, and since it's great fun to do build threads, I offer the Zooch Space Shuttle build thread #2...
I wanted to start this last week but was 'unavoidably detained' by work and home issues which lasted on into this week, including missing work yesterday morning to take my sister to the ER after she passed out in her bathroom from dehydration brought on by stomach flu. 3 IV bags later she was much better and sent home just in time for me to make my afternoon bus route.
Anyway, I'm starting from scratch and there's a lot going on around here still, and this is a lot longer build than I've undertaken lately, so the build part of this thread is going to be an ongoing effort for awhile. I hope you guys will pitch in with your experiences, tips, and ideas as we go along, and maybe we can reformulate a lot of the good information that was in the original thread, now lost.
First off, I've been reading the instructions and checking over the parts list. Everything looks to be there and in good order. The instructions seem to be fairly involved but this is a fairly complicated kit, so that's to be expected. The parts and stuff look to be the usual high quality yet no frills Zooch stuff I've come to expect.
One thing I've had to learn is, to just trust Wes's instructions and go about building the kit pretty much as he describes, though sometimes I DO switch the order around a bit, working on something three steps ahead while waiting on the glue or paint to dry on something else, just to shorten build time. Sorta 'parallel development' in ant scale... The reason I mention this 'trusting the instructions' is that I've gotten rather used to having to 'second guess' the instructions that come with a lot of rockets made by the largest model rocket manufacturer who shall remain nameless... I've found that some of the materials they use and procedures they recommend are 'less than ideal' or rather shaky, and leave some DEFINITE room for improvement. I've even learned not to trust all their motor recommendations, through bitter experience of late. Having developed this 'healthy skepticism' of the kit instructions, transferring that over to Zooch kits became habit, but I've learned that, "Hey, whaddya know, Wes really DID do his homework and wrote instructions that work, what a refreshing idea"... I hear Master Yoda's voice behind me telling me, "You must UNLEARN, what you have LEARNED". While I have a few tricks that make things easier, I haven't found any obvious "gotcha's" in the Zooch kits or instructions, unlike some of my recent experiences with the big "E".
So, let me return to my reading and get organized and we'll get started. More later! OL JR
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