Hanger Queen? What would be the point of building a rocket and to NOT fly it?
So far it's been launched 3 times. Its maiden flight was on A10-3T, and jumped off the pad nicely.
This is my first 13mm build, and it seems heavy at 21grams. It simd at 516ft on OpenRocket, but that seems a bit optimistic. Rex, Chad, any estimations?
I am using a mylar streamer, which deployed perfectly on its first launch. But, of course, at our last Woosh launch, it was a bit shy and didn't want to unroll the streamer. I guess it was a nose blow/tumble recovery. Like Rex said, no damage.
I'm just guessing, but wouldn't a real carbon fiber be heavier than this? I would like to try a single layer CF wrap over a cardboard tube. Would that work? How many layers of just CF would it take to make a tube this small?
I've seen small diameter CF tube, but it is too thick walled to be practical.
Yes, Jim, matching up the seams was difficult, as I knew it was a one shot deal. This was my first attempt at a wrap, and it was pretty nerve racking.
The fins were sorta hard, but to line up the long strips straight on the BT was a bear. I drew a full length line for reference to lay it evenly. The seam is not overlapped, they are butt seamed. I didn't want the 'bulge' of an overlap.
The nose cone took a looong time. I first attempted to use my hand drill as a makeshift lathe, but didn't work so well.
The hole was drilled, and filled with a short piece of dowel to chuck up to the drill. I didn't drill the hole straight enough, and it had too much wobble to work. I ended up hand carving, whittling and sanding to finish it. To make sure it was not crooked, I slid it into a BT and rolled it, and sanded down the high side. This is also my first home-made balsa NC, and I learned on the fly!
I'm pretty happy on how it turned out, other than the spots where the decal lifted, which have since been repaired.
I appreciate all the compliments. I am planning an 18mm version, too, maybe I'll do a build thread on that if you are interested...?