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  1. #91
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    I still believe that the fin alignment jig is the best thing I ever made for rocketry. It has served me very well over the years. Using it, I got the fins epoxied on. I still have to do internal and external fillets. I'll be using a different method for the canard fins. It's looking good, if I do say so myself!

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  2. #92
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    Looks great Jim. Good to see you bust out the 'ol fin jig again.

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  3. #93
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    That jig is nice! And so simple. It took me a moment to figure it out from these pics, but I like it. I assume there are more details in another thread?

  4. #94
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    Actually there are two threads, one for the small version and one for the large version:

    http://www.rocketryforum.com/showthr...lignment-Guide

    http://www.rocketryforum.com/showthr...uide-Version-2
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  5. #95
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    Thanks!

  6. #96
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    One thing to note, is be sure to use spacers the same thickness as the fins. Otherwise, it will attach the fins at an angle to the body tube.
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  7. #97
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    This build thread is tempting me buy a good band saw and lathe. But even if I had top-of-the-line tools, I doubt that I would be able to produce this level of craftsmanship.
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  8. #98
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    Quote Originally Posted by BDB View Post
    This build thread is tempting me buy a good band saw and lathe. But even if I had top-of-the-line tools, I doubt that I would be able to produce this level of craftsmanship.
    It's not as hard as you think.
    There is a couple books to get to read before you buy that will help tremendously.
    I have them both, no use to me anymore.
    For a nominal price I'll dig them out of storage.
    "THIS" is the one I have on the Band Saw.
    "THIS" (I believe) is the one I have on the Lathe.
    Last edited by Woody's Workshop; Today at 12:02 AM.

  9. #99
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    In my case, I was blessed with a father and grandfather who were both experienced woodworkers. And my father was an accomplished wood turner, although I was pretty young at the time. Most of my turning skill I picked up as an adult, learning as I went. I will say that I feel an immense sense of accomplishment when I turn a nose cone.
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  10. #100
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    Quote Originally Posted by qquake2k View Post
    In my case, I was blessed with a father and grandfather who were both experienced woodworkers. And my father was an accomplished wood turner, although I was pretty young at the time. Most of my turning skill I picked up as an adult, learning as I went. I will say that I feel an immense sense of accomplishment when I turn a nose cone.
    +1, its fun to turn nose cones. Scale cones are kind of technically more difficult than general shapes, but both are fun. Let the chips fly!

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