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  1. #17131
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    Quote Originally Posted by Woody's Workshop View Post
    Mine was worse than that. When we had the apartment heat treated, they knocked mine off the top of the tool box and behind it all wadded up. They took it to 140F for 6 hours. I found it a couple weeks later after an extensive search. I used my Porter Cable heat gun on it. It's ruined. The heating process' hardened it, it no longer self heals. I have to replace it. But, I use when I use the X-Acto or Excel saws. I did an extensive search for price comparison. Tower Hobbies has the best deals when considering quality into the equation. The one that got ruined was a cheap 12x18 Fiskars from a big box store, so the loss wasn't that great.

    Something my buddy told me after the fact, is to preheat your oven to the lowest temperature. Put it on a cookie sheet and put it in just long enough to lay flat. Might help you in this case. My heat gun can run upwards of 600F.
    I've got it laying on the desktop with a stack of binders and other work related books on it and the sunshade open so the direct sunlight can hit it. It's somewhat flatter, but it may also need to be replaced. I've got a much larger and a few smaller Hobbico ones at home. This one was bought at the local HL where I work - no big loss.

    I've got to ask... Why would someone "heat treat" their apartment/home? I've never heard of that.

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  2. #17132
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    Quote Originally Posted by TangoJuliet View Post
    I've got to ask... Why would someone "heat treat" their apartment/home? I've never heard of that.
    Raising the temperature to at least 140 degF will kill a bedbug infestation.


  3. #17133
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    Flew at WOOSh rocketry today. Got some woosh stickers, woosh sauce, and some liquid refreshment from Aeppeltreow.

    Here's my vindicator sport on a G64W:

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    L2- 11/1/2015 Wildman Darkstar 2.6- J355RL
    Woosh
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  4. #17134
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    Quote Originally Posted by djs View Post
    Flew at WOOSh rocketry today. Got some woosh stickers, woosh sauce, and some liquid refreshment from Aeppeltreow.

    Here's my vindicator sport on a G64W:

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  5. #17135
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    Yeah, yeah, I know. I'll try better next time
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    L1- 4/26/2015 Madcow Cowabunga- H123SK
    L2- 11/1/2015 Wildman Darkstar 2.6- J355RL
    Woosh
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  6. #17136
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    Back in the saddle again....

    Work on the sustainer fins went much faster after the acquisition of a new tool. The Master Airscrew Razor Plane makes balsa removal a snap, its not much good for basswood but thats ok. The razor plane I picked up at HobbyTown USA.

    Left: All twelve fins are profiled

    Center: another view of the main sustainer fins after profiles have been planed and finish sanded.

    Right: Main sustainer fins with cardstock skins on rear of fins (1 each side). Also in the photo are the tools used to do the majority of the profiling, the blue tool is the razor plane. The razor plane while made of plastic worked very well after giving it the standard woodworkers tune-up of flattening the sole.

    Next step will be fiber-glassing the transition that covers the timer av-bay and making the access covers for the timer bay.
    Rich

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  7. #17137
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    This weekends efforts...

    An Estes Mini HoJo. I tried to get a scale airfoil on the fins. I've got some repair work to do on a couple of them. I'm thinking some epoxy putty might be the right material to use.
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    And an Estes Sky Warrior. I built one of these about 7 months ago, but lost it to a tree monster on the first flight.
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    And a Custom Rockets Equinox. I made it to separate in the middle rather than the upper quarter, making it easier to transport.
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    And yesterday I received a shipment of pieces/parts from ASP for scratch building.
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    NAR # 37682

    All the weird kids are doing it!

    If at first you don't succeed... You're about average.

  8. #17138
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    Pulled the masking off my Mini Tomach this morning and weighed it for an accurate Rocksim estimation. Looking forward to flying this guy hopefully next month!

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    Kris Hull
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    L1-RIP Binder Design Excel Back in the Saddle - 5/26/2017 Mansfield WA. I245G to 1,281ft
    2017 Flights Tally to Date: 12 total; 2 crash, 2 partial failure, 8 success, ; D:3 F:2 G:4 I:3 Ns to date: 2044.7Ns

  9. #17139
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    Went to the Woosh launch and pushed buttons for 3 hours (and made bad jokes on the microphone). Brought some stuff to fly, but never got around to flying it.
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  10. #17140
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    @TangoJuliet

    I would use Elmer's wood filler as it sands at about the same consistency as balsa. To get the edges sharp and even, paper the fins and saturate in thin CA after getting the desired airfoil shape.

    Do you have a small and light (easily controlled) sanding block? If not, sandpaper glued to a popsicle stick or paint stir stick has worked for me.

    It looks like the edges are sanded sharp but the bevel doesn't extend to the center. If you color the edges (and a little on the surface to either side) with marker, it'll be easier to avoid sanding onto them.

  11. #17141
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    Sanded, shaped, papered and glued the fins on the Baby Bertha. Its on the fin alignment jig for the night. Wet sanded the Alpha and got it ready for another coat but the rain clouds have moved in.
    Instructions are just another man's opinion...

  12. #17142
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    Got back from Southern Thunder '17.

    It was a pretty good weekend.
    -Didn't get stuck in mud
    -No water damage to rockets
    -All rockets retrieved (including OpTom hung up on the sod irrigator)
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    -My original Estes Patriot (SAM) survived another flight
    -The Great Big Inductor mk. 18 behaved itself in front of a crowd ("How in the world did that tube just fly!?") That makes 8 flights total.
    -The Greystar Voyager survived its D12. I'm going to consider composite E's for it now.
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    -Vertigo II deployed its main chute perfectly!
    -Flew the L1 rocket (Big SAM) again with its reduced lead noseweight and raised its record to ~1600' according to the stratologger which went along for data collection.


    One downside is that Big SAM suffered a small piece of corner chipped off, so its time to go learn how to fix plywood fins.

  13. #17143
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    Glassed the sustainer transition on my Nike Hercules project with 2 layers of 6oz FG.


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    Rich

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  14. #17144
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    took delivery of a box
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  15. #17145
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    I fabricated parts for six small Guillotine Fin Jigs and two Body Tube Slotting Fixtures. My son's cat slept through the entire procedure and now I need a nap.

    Does this count?
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    Making Guillotines Great Again

  16. #17146
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    Received a JLCR protective pouch from DinoChutes, (properly packaged) and an smashed Estes Alpha kit that was mailed in a padded mailer.
    Terry

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    Maybe L2 soon if I can stop wrecking the rocket......

  17. #17147
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    Finally tossed my 4 year old Porsche DX3 in the trash can today. That was my first high power rocket and my level 1 cert rocket. It's been damaged and repaired multiple times, but after getting zippered again yesterday I decided its time had finally come.
    NAR Level 2 #96210

  18. #17148
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    Edited 102 of 142 clips (totalling just under 2 hours) I have from a recent rocket launch.
    Ryan Winslow
    Level 1 5/28/16 3" kitbash Patriot H128W
    Level 2 5/13/17 Polecat 4" BBIII J270W

  19. #17149
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flyfalcons View Post
    Edited 102 of 142 clips (totalling just under 2 hours) I have from a recent rocket launch.
    That's some serious clippage!

    Rich

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