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  1. #31
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    You can use toothpaste as an adhesive in a pinch.

    ​Tony

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    Kerbal Space Program is the best and most realistic launch simulator.

    ​Tony

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    Since launch deflectors are dry and won't burn, dry grass, which is also dry, won't burn either.
    ​Tony

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  4. #34
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    you can buy out Estes sale rockets they will become rare.
    L2

    2018 Plan on burning lvl 3 NS :)

  5. #35
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    If you're in a hurry to launch, just leave out the shear pins.

    People liked to be talked to while they are prepping their rockets.

    Ah, those trees are far enough away....

    Forget safety codes! Just have fun!

    The Aerotech Mantis pad is perfectly safe in high winds.
    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

  6. #36
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    Hot glue is an excellent rocketry adhesive.
    Chris M.
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    L1 - Optima 3" - CTI H133 - 1189ft. - Geneseo, NY, May 28, 2016
    My YouTube channel

  7. #37
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    Add weight to keep the expected altitudes under X feet..

    The home heating furnace exhaust makes a good 'fume extractor' for a spray paint booth..

    Spray paint dries faster on a hot humid day. Also on icy cold days..

    Add grease for a tight nose cone..

    Fancy chute folding techniques don't open any faster / quicker, with more / less force, to allow more / less drift...

    Launching after a very rainy day is perfectly OK..
    -paul

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  8. #38
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    Launch lungs only need to be aligned for looks, they'll fly fine either way.

    Shaking a rattle can is a waste of time. Spray paint will come out if you don't shake it at all and look great.

    Don't worry how much your wife complains about the mess if you build on the kitchen table, she'll love you regardless.
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    All I want is a kind word, a warm bed, and unlimited power.
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  9. #39
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    Rocket kits are a good investment / retirement plan. Even when built.

    The motor letter denotes the altitude expression:
    A= Awww, that's not high
    B= Bravo, high enough
    C= Cawabunga baby!
    D= Daaamn!!
    E= EEE gad!
    F= F*** ing high!
    G= GEEEEE wiz!
    H= Holley S**
    I= Incredible..
    J=Jeeezus!
    K= kraptastic!
    L= loads!
    M= Money burn!
    -paul

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    I don't know the same things you don't know..

  10. #40
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    Follow all TRF bogus tips in case a couple aren't bogus.
    Dick Stafford
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    Quote Originally Posted by dr wogz View Post
    Rocket kits are a good investment / retirement plan. Even when built.

    The motor letter denotes the altitude expression:
    A= Awww, that's not high
    B= Bravo, high enough
    C= Cawabunga baby!
    D= Daaamn!!
    E= EEE gad!
    F= F*** ing high!
    G= GEEEEE wiz!
    H= Holley S**
    I= Incredible..
    J=Jeeezus!
    K= kraptastic!
    L= loads!
    M= Money burn!
    You forgot N: No way am I gonna spend that much on one flight again.

    And O: OMG! I have to take out a second mortgage!
    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

  12. #42
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    Quote Originally Posted by Incongruent View Post
    You can use toothpaste as an adhesive in a pinch.
    and for filling spirals!!!


    tie the shock cord and chute to the nose cone.

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    Electrical Tape makes for good centering rings in a pinch. I actually scored a Sizzler from Ebay that someone had actually tried this with. Fortunately for me, they didn't glue the fins on, nor use the decals, so I was able to build a clean rocket (after replacing the motor tube, and body tube) from my purchase.
    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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    "Sure, that launch controller is safe for continuity testing with your flashbulb ignitors."

    "That Estes D12 that has been in the trunk of your black car for 5 years will work just fine."
    Tom Blakeney
    NAR 52002 L1, AMA 28682
    2016 launches so far: 36: 2 HP, 7 MP, 6 LP, 21 R/C RG. R/C Chute Sled: 8 for 8!

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    You can ignore the LCO. He just likes running his mouth.
    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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    The empty space inside a booster motor should be filled with wadding or dog barf. This protects the front stage from accidentally igniting.
    ​Tony

    Never listen to a constipated person! They're full of crap!

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    To quickly build your rocket, hot melt glue works great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cerving View Post
    To quickly build your rocket, hot melt glue works great.
    I actually have used it a few times on oddrocs. Held up well to skywriting and unintended meetings with Mother Earth.
    Dick Stafford
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    Estes solar starters are one of the most reliable starters ever. They are great for clusters and can even be wired in series! The new clear tip is incredibly effective and one of the most innovative designs in model rocketry.


    Excuse me, I have to go rinse my mouth now.
    ​Tony

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    Wrap your rocket motors in aluminium foil, and your head too for good measure, then put them alternatingly in the freezer and under the heat lamp in 30 minute sessions for at least 1 month to make them burn faster.
    ​Tony

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  21. #51
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    Use Super Glue/CA for "shear-pins".

    Always have at least 1 extra part left over when assembling motors.

    Paper parachutes.

    Stability is a non-sensical theory, cooked up by leprechauns in La-La Land, just sprinkle fairy dust on your rocket & all is "good"

    When a motor won't fit......break glass ...retrieve sledge hammer, and make it fit.

    Save your batteries....don't turn on electronics!

    To save money, re-use igniters. [same for e-matches]

    Always tape your chute burritos closed....so they stay neat looking.
    Jim Hendricksen
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    Rocketry...........an exact science.......but not exactly !!!

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    Build your Big Daddy in a stock configuration. That huge ramp on the side of the nosecone's shoulder helps create a memorable flight, and the whistle it makes is COOL!
    Last edited by K'Tesh; 31st October 2016 at 11:16 AM.
    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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    Always make sure your chute deploys by leaving it outside of the rocket.
    Last edited by Kallahan11; 31st October 2016 at 11:15 PM.

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    Make sure to dimple ( like a golfball!) the NC of your mach+ rockets for maximum altitude.

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    Trouble igniting your motor?? Use a Copperhead.
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    Vigorously clean paper body tubes with a soaked cloth to remove the slick layer of factory residue.

    Centering rings also make good wedding rings.

    Titlebond is great for gluing deep inside the rocket as long as you push the parts slowly.
    Last edited by Incongruent; 1st November 2016 at 01:08 AM. Reason: Fixing spelling
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    I"D FLY THAT IF I WAS YOU!!!!

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    I like your #2, CJ!
    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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    metric & imperial measurements are interchangeable.. Inches, millimeters, Newtons per seconds, lbs per centimeter.. it all works out.. just as long as you have one (metric or imperial) on either side and the other on the opposite to properly balance the equation..
    -paul

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    I don't know the same things you don't know..

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    Measure once, cut twice.

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