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  1. #1
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    Shia Hulud: Dune Sandworm Flying Model Rocket

    SHIA HULUD:
    Keeper of balance,
    Bless the maker and his water,
    Bless the coming and going of him,
    May his passage cleanse the world.


    A SECRET REPORT WITHIN THE GUILD: 0-0-0
    It has come to our attention that a plot is underway to build a new oddroc that could threaten AP production. The mindsim is nearly complete and materials have been collected. Send a Level Three RSO North of Estesland, past the shield wall of NORAD, beyond the danger zone of Apogee Components and into the deep desert. To the desert city not far from the garage on Ogden Street where the Maker made the first motors. Completion of such an abomination coupled with a land snake launch could jeopardize AP production. The Perchlorate MUST FLOW!

    LEVEL THREE RSO REPORT:
    We have just folded space from IX. Many machines on IX with simulation programs better than those on OR or RS. We must trust the machines to take care of us, to keep us safe. Mindsiming a clustered, canted and tractor motored rocket with telescoping body tubes and a long, metallic centerline launch lug is best left to a rogue mentat. Landsnakes and core samples are unacceptable. Body tubes are meant to stiff and strong, not oscillating in the air. Blessed is the BLUE TUBE. Motors and fins are meant to be in back and mounted straight. No thumpers allowed on the range. Minds move in strange directions. I see plans within plans. I did not say this. I am not here.

    THE JUICE OF SHAPHO:
    It is by will alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the juice of sapho that thoughts acquire speed, the lips acquire stains, the stains become a warning. It is by will alone I set my mind in motion. Daddy - GET OFF THE JUICE!
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    THE LAUNCH CONTROL BOX:
    Stick you hand in the box young animal and press the launch button. This is a TEST, ONLY A TEST.
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    So much was unclear. The Bene Gesserit witch must leave. Fear is the mind killer. Remember the tooth, THE TOOTH! Go to that place you fear the most; where you can not go. There you will find a finless, telescoping, tractor motored worm rocket looking back at you!


    GET OUT OF MY MINDSIM! Kill the abomination!
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    RSO: Do we have worm sign? Sir, we have worm sign the likes of which Vern has never seen before! If it works it will be worth three times its weight in water! What a MONSTER! Launch the atomics!
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    DADDY: Use the voice on the RSO to get your pad assignment:
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    The Oddrocs have met on the ping pong table to plan their next move. I am sending my new apprentice there to TAKE CARE OF THEM! OOPS! SORRY! WRONG MOVIE.
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    BT 80 to 70 to 60. Three E12 4 motors from Hobby Lobby. Built mostly of left over parts. Hopefully I will be able to score some Q2G2's. If not and only two motors light it most likely will arch over and a crash into the ground. It will not earn extra scale flight points, no mater what the scene in the movie looks like.
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    Just another flying worm rocket. Silly worm flying fun for the whole family.


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    I hope you fly without rhythm and this doesn't attract the worm.

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by K'Tesh View Post
    I hope you fly without rhythm and this doesn't attract the worm.
    As an old white man I don't have to worry about any sort of rhythm!

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    May thy fins neither chip nor shatter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhbarr View Post
    May thy fins neither chip nor shatter.
    No fin damage is guaranteed on this one. I just picked up the last parts and construction has begun. Holes cut in nosecones and bulk head, motor mounts attached with tiny drops of superglue. I am going to use Rusto tan stone paint and segment with a sharpie. I was thinking of coating in sand paper but the paint will be easier. The KS aluminium tubing is not quite long enough to run the entire pre-launch length but should work. In my best Full Metal Jacket hooker voice - "This one stay on launch rod long time!"

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    Parts arrive from the danger zone. I had a friend pick them up because that place is just too dangerous to my wallet. The photo glows with a weird light. Maybe they have been on Arrakis long enough to glow blue. Maybe they are blue tube!

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    Cutting the cones and building the motor mount.

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    Attach motor tubes with six small dabs of super glue. CA to attach motor tubes to motor mount? Heresy!
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    Set motor mounts in tube to mark. No marking guides needed. Again, not for those insisting on good technique.
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    Hack tube until it fits. Shove down into slots.
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    Reminds me of the scene in Dune:"Stick the pick in there Pete and turn it round, real neat!"
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    Wrap KS aluminum launch lug tube with tape to increase diameter and to accept epoxy for motor mount. How long can a launch lug be and still be in good taste?
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    Glue in motor mount with my favorite motor mount glue - CA! OMG! Will it work? What will happen when the RSO finds out motor mount attached with CA!
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    Glue in coupler with Ileen's Tacky glue. Fillet tubes as well. My Kindergarten teacher taught us only to use our pinky finger for spreading paste. That is GOOD TECHNIQUE! Thank you Mrs. Bonowitz!
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    Save those cut outs!
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    All glued up.
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    All centered on cone.
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    Front view
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    Telescoping tubes set top
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    Telescoping tubes set bottom
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    Now all I need to do is to decide on material and how to do the stops. I am thinking of a 1/4" rope, something thicker than twine, that I can soak up with CA or epoxy and attach to tube.


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