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    Big Ben rocket?

    So, I was flipping through the new Sport Rocketry magazine when an awesome rocket caught my eye. It was a rocket in the shape of Big Ben in London. The picture was taken at the 3rd annual Ljubljana Cup. The fins protruded from the edges of the clock tower and were painted like the Union Jack. Anyone else see this rocket?

    It got me thinking about other famous buildings that could be made into rockets. I'm wondering how they made it. Perhaps they used one of those 3d models or a card stock model, or perhaps they built it from scratch? The magazine didn't provide any details other than the motor it flew on (Serb Ultra E44-5).

    I've often thought it would be fun to build a rocket with an art deco look which is my favorite architectural style. The Chrysler building would be perfect! Unfortunately the bottom of the building is Much wider than the top which would make it extremely draggy. Anyone got any ideas on how to pull something like this off? Maybe the Eiffel tower would make a good rocket?

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    Oh yes.. saw that one. Really nice looking, most probably scratch built.

    The TransAmerica building in San Francisco looks like it would be a nice 'rocket'. Towers similar to that one which flare out at the bottom could be good for the rocket. People have flown pyramids, cones, etc, and look at the Russian N-1. That flare out moves the center of pressure away from the middle and towards the back, just like fins. Its all about how much flare, etc.
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    For a minute there I thought you were talking about Ben Roethlisberger!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrism View Post
    For a minute there I thought you were talking about Ben Roethlisberger!
    I dont think he would fly very well!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LAKingsGeek View Post
    I've often thought it would be fun to build a rocket with an art deco look which is my favorite architectural style. The Chrysler building would be perfect! Unfortunately the bottom of the building is Much wider than the top which would make it extremely draggy. Anyone got any ideas on how to pull something like this off? Maybe the Eiffel tower would make a good rocket?
    Yes, buildings make good rockets Back in the 90s, the Northern Illinois Rocketry Association held a fun contest for it's members called "Launch a Landmark". We had "flying" versions of lots of different buildings (e.g. the Gateway Arch, the Sears Tower, the Chicago Water Tower, etc.) Nearly all the entries were constructed from poster board.

    My entry was a 2-staged Chicago Water tower, which performed reasonably well.



    However, my poster board version of the Eiffel Tower performed far better. It stood approximately 3 feet tall and was powered by D12. It even had a spot on the "Wild Chicago" TV show.
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    Someone must have done the Washington Monument as a rocket at some point?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LAKingsGeek View Post
    So, I was flipping through the new Sport Rocketry magazine when an awesome rocket caught my eye. It was a rocket in the shape of Big Ben in London. The picture was taken at the 3rd annual Ljubljana Cup. The fins protruded from the edges of the clock tower and were painted like the Union Jack. Anyone else see this rocket?

    It got me thinking about other famous buildings that could be made into rockets. I'm wondering how they made it. Perhaps they used one of those 3d models or a card stock model, or perhaps they built it from scratch? The magazine didn't provide any details other than the motor it flew on (Serb Ultra E44-5).

    I've often thought it would be fun to build a rocket with an art deco look which is my favorite architectural style. The Chrysler building would be perfect! Unfortunately the bottom of the building is Much wider than the top which would make it extremely draggy. Anyone got any ideas on how to pull something like this off? Maybe the Eiffel tower would make a good rocket?
    With the amount of detail in that Big Ben, I would guess it's made of light ply or foamboard with printed skins. Now you've got me thinking too!
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    I'm still waiting on that issue.

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    A friend of mine converted a 3' Eiffel Tower 3D puzzle that flew on a G33 or G53. It flew great but recovery tangled a bit. I have pictures here http://www.rocketryforum.com/showthread.php?t=6920.

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    er...
    *Clock Tower*

    Big Ben is the name of the bell.

    I still have yet to get the lexan fins cut for my CN Tower. I did some preliminary drawings for the Washington Monument, but haven't done anything with 'em in a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Cheapo View Post
    A friend of mine converted a 3' Eiffel Tower 3D puzzle that flew on a G33 or G53. It flew great but recovery tangled a bit. I have pictures here http://www.rocketryforum.com/showthread.php?t=6920.
    Nice. Exactly the kind of thing I'd like to do. Where was the launch lug placement? I can't even make out a launch rod in that photo. Also, which brand 3D puzzle did you use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LW Bercini View Post
    Yes, buildings make good rockets Back in the 90s, the Northern Illinois Rocketry Association held a fun contest for it's members called "Launch a Landmark". We had "flying" versions of lots of different buildings (e.g. the Gateway Arch, the Sears Tower, the Chicago Water Tower, etc.) Nearly all the entries were constructed from poster board.

    My entry was a 2-staged Chicago Water tower, which performed reasonably well.



    However, my poster board version of the Eiffel Tower performed far better. It stood approximately 3 feet tall and was powered by D12. It even had a spot on the "Wild Chicago" TV show.
    I missed that but near the bottom on this page:
    http://www.nirarocketry.org/galleryMOM-1998.html

    You will find a picture of my John Hancock rocket which is a wooden frame covered in black monokote.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LAKingsGeek View Post
    Nice. Exactly the kind of thing I'd like to do. Where was the launch lug placement? I can't even make out a launch rod in that photo. Also, which brand 3D puzzle did you use?
    Wasn't my build but I know the launch lug ran up against the stuffer tube and out the top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cosmotiger View Post
    Someone must have done the Washington Monument as a rocket at some point?
    Saw a flying Washington Monument at a PitttCon 40 years ago - I've had that idea in the back of my mind ever since, probably time to try it.

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    Never seen a "building rocket" myself, but I thought this site might have some good candidates: http://cp.c-ij.com/en/contents/2025/list_15_1.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by ndzied1 View Post
    You will find a picture of my John Hancock rocket which is a wooden frame covered in black monokote.
    Awww....we just did miss each other. In '98 I was spending my money on competitive dance instead of rockets. But I see you carried on my tradition of Unusual Flying Objects.
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