Greetings to all TRF'ers!! Here is a project that I started last month, and have since been procrastinating with starting a build thread. The next few posts will show what I have done thus far.
That aside, the rocket is a (sub)scale roc of the Viking 1 sounding rocket. In brief, the Viking program ran from the late 40s to early 50s, and was purposed with doing sub-orbital testing and high-speed experiments. a total of 14 rockets were built, with each one being different from the other.j
My rocket is based on the Viking 1. This is not my first scratch build, but it is my first attempt at a scale project, hence, the end result will not be near perfect--but it should be close!! The scale data was obtained from www.postwarv2.com. The owner of the site has loads of info on various different sounding and/or space rockets, including Viking, V-2, Hermes, etc. I emailed him a while back, and he was kind enough to send me a few scans of the Viking, and reccommended that I purchase a publication called "rockets of the world," which contains most of the scale data that he uses. I have not bought this item yet, but it is on my shopping list.
The parts were purchased from Canada's own Coast Rocketry and Apogee Components. The airframe is 54mm bluetube, and the motor mount is a short length of PML 38mm phenolic. I will be using a piston ejection system for recovery, with 15 ft of 1/8 tubular kevlar and 15ft of 9/16 tubular nylone. A nomex chute protector will be used to lengthen the life of the entire system, and a 28'' chute will bring her back down!
I will use this rocket for my Junior lv 2 cert flight. On a side note, I am the only high-power certified minor in Manitoba.