My 7 year old wants approached me last week and asked if she could come with me to the desert next time i went camping. I told her that would be an excellent idea, but it would mean that she would be coming with me to launch rockets. To my complete surprise she then informed me that she loved the idea, and could I please make her a pink rocket out of her pink crayon, like I made mine.
We sat down in front of Rocksim on Sunday and came up with a few ideas. After plugging some of them through the software, she said that she liked tube fins, and liked the way I had cut some of mine at an angle, so could she have that too. She also said that she would be unhappy if I had to cut any more of her or her sisters crayon banks, and could I do it just with her pink crayon and whatever I had around. Challenge set.
She opted for 3 fins, cut out of MY other yellow crayon body. We then wrapped the tube fins inside and out with thick colored craft card and gave them a pearlescent glitter finish. You cant really see it in these pics because of the clouds, but when the suns out, these glow!
Hope she is happy with it. Fins are now attached with epoxy and have 'fillets' as best as I could give them. Now on to the motor mount. I am going to make the complete 'mount' fit with 3 centering rings, one at the rear of the bottom 'tailcone', one inside the shoulder, and one with slightly less diameter thats going to be fixed to the front of the lip that slides inside the main body tube. This is then going to be fixed to the airframe with 6 removable plastic rivets, so that I can swap the motor mount with others. I am making a single 38mm mount at the mo, which i can used with adapter and 29mm motors, I also want to make a cluster of 29's and one of 24's.
Now that its getting 'finished' there is something familiar looking about it. Daughter has named it "Pink Power", I have named it "Cray-ken".
Just tucked her in bed, and she now informs me that she has 'sharing' tomorrow, and can she please take the rocket. I now have 3 hours to finish it!!
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