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    Bogus Tips & Alternate Facts

    List all the tips that don't work. You don't have to have tried them...
    These could just be rephrased mistakes or accidents.

    Last edited by Incongruent; 26th January 2017 at 03:37 AM.

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    Remember to subconsciously not screw the cap of the CA glue on all the way for a quick and easy hand warmer!

    ​Tony

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    If you really integrity, it means your price is very high!

    ~ Tom Lehrer

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    For a manly finish, heavily coat red nylon chutes with white talcum powder.
    ​Tony

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    If you really integrity, it means your price is very high!

    ~ Tom Lehrer

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    Dribble glue into a launch lug for lubrication at launch.
    ​Tony

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    If you really integrity, it means your price is very high!

    ~ Tom Lehrer

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    Pack a vintage unopened rocket kit inside a padded envelope, and expect the body tube to survive intact. Don't laugh, someone really did send me one like that. So much for it being collectible after that.
    Dreaming of making the rockets I dreamed of as a kid (and then some).


    NAR L1 Cert flight: Sheridan, Oregon, USA. Sept. 19, 2015. Flew Deep Space OFFl on an I357T-14A Blue Thunder

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    Use canned polyurethane foam.
    Dick Stafford
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    The tip of my pen isn't working right now....
    John S. ---- NAR #96911 ---- TRA #15253 ---- MDRA #067 ---- BARC #028
    L1, 3/15/14: Aerotech Sumo, CTI H133BS
    L2, 6/21/14: Giant Leap Vertical Assault, CTI J240RL
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    Altitude: 13,028', L3 flight; Speed: Mach ???, L3 flight

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    K & S Rockets and Red Arrow Hobbies are two of the best vendors. You won't be disappointed with their quality service and super fast shipping.

    ...Fudd
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    Quote Originally Posted by rstaff3 View Post
    Use canned polyurethane foam.
    Yup. Wish I had taken pics of the "fin can with mumps".
    Gary Dickinson - Prefect
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    Don't eat the yellow snow.
    ATCS(AW) Tom Keith, USN, ret. _____NAR 99781 L1_____MDRA 212
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    Itchy eye while using CA glue..

    Forgetting about '[wood] grain direction'

    Putting that pad with a glob of mixed epoxy 'close at hand' only to roll the BT into it..

    Not putting something on the X-Acto knife to stop it from rolling, and it rools off the table..

    Forgetting to double check CR placement & fin tab location and their relationship for assembly.. Shock cord placement too..
    -paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by dr wogz View Post

    Forgetting to double check CR placement & fin tab location and their relationship for assembly.. Shock cord placement too..
    THIS
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    Toilet paper works just as good as Estes wadding....
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    Prairie State Rocketry, WOOSH

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    Epoxy clay is great for fillets and filling spirals (sorry, Mr. Milligan).
    John S. ---- NAR #96911 ---- TRA #15253 ---- MDRA #067 ---- BARC #028
    L1, 3/15/14: Aerotech Sumo, CTI H133BS
    L2, 6/21/14: Giant Leap Vertical Assault, CTI J240RL
    L3, 3/12/16: MAC Performance Radial Flyer, CTI M1101WH
    Altitude: 13,028', L3 flight; Speed: Mach ???, L3 flight

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    If the weather outside is disagreeable, you can launch indoors.
    ​Tony

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    If you really integrity, it means your price is very high!

    ~ Tom Lehrer

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    If the igniter doesn't work, you can still launch the rocket by sticking a blowtorch up the nozzle.
    ​Tony

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    If you really integrity, it means your price is very high!

    ~ Tom Lehrer

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    Install rail guides on the field. Tape on lugs as needed.
    Dick Stafford
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    Use epoxy for valuable added strength on all LPR builds.
    My photo albums: fleet pics and OR Models

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    Quote Originally Posted by rstaff3 View Post
    Install rail guides on the field. Tape on lugs as needed.
    The lug is taped on my X-15; since it doesn't really blend in.
    ​Tony

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    If you really integrity, it means your price is very high!

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    Make sure to fill body tubes all the way to the top with dogbarf .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danh View Post
    Make sure to fill body tubes all the way to the top with dogbarf .
    ... and pack it in good and tight.
    My photo albums: fleet pics and OR Models

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    Don't forget to glue that knot on your Estes shock cord.
    Pack your parachute as tightly as possible to pressurize the body tube for ejection
    JB weld is a good substitute for wood clue and stronger too!
    Wire hangers make great cheep launch rods
    Make sure the heavy end of your rocket goes on the launch rod first
    You're sure to get everyone's attention if you start the countdown at 3
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuddrucker View Post
    K & S Rockets and Red Arrow Hobbies are two of the best vendors. You won't be disappointed with their quality service and super fast shipping.

    ...Fudd
    Too soon, brother,too soon....
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    Reinforce Kevlar shock cords by wicking in Superglue.
    ​Tony

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    If you really integrity, it means your price is very high!

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    Make your own nose cones by sticking a finger into the tube and cutting it off where it gets too tight.
    ​Tony

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    If you really integrity, it means your price is very high!

    ~ Tom Lehrer

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    Paint rockets by spraying real close and then from over 2 feet away for a truly smooth and glossy finish.
    ​Tony

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    If you really integrity, it means your price is very high!

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    Pre-prep engines by putting the igniter in and filling the rest with epoxy.

    Use these in your favorite rockets for maximum joy.

    If the nose cone is too loose, crush the BT so it's nice and tight.

    Feed your dogs tainted meat, then hold out your rockets to collect what is known in competitive eating circles as a "reversal of fortune".
    ​Tony

    It's so nice to have integrity, I'll tell you why:
    If you really integrity, it means your price is very high!

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    Never pat a burning dog
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    Think these tips are legit.
    ​Tony

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    Quote Originally Posted by fyrwrxz View Post
    Wire hangers make great cheep launch rods
    Actually, they do work (for small LPR uses) I was able to straighten one out and use it to launch when I discovered that my launch rod was missing from my flight kit.

    Dreaming of making the rockets I dreamed of as a kid (and then some).


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