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    Beginning Model Rocketry FAQ's

    Welcome to TRF’s Beginner’s Forum, a place for newcomers to model rocketry. Whether you’re a student, adult, teacher, or youth leader, please feel free to ask your questions here—no matter how basic. And be sure and come back and post pictures of your completed rockets because we love pictures!

    Where can I find a glossary of model rocketry terms and acronyms?
    http://archive.rocketreviews.com/cgi...s/glossary.cgi

    http://www.rocketryforum.com/showthr...t-jargon/page1

    What are the parts of a model rocket and how do they work?
    http://www.apogeerockets.com/education/rocket_parts.asp

    Don’t know where to begin? Here’s a simple overview of model rocketry to get you started:
    (under construction)

    What supplies and equipment are needed need for a first rocket?
    Model rocket kits will have a list of needed supplies, so check the manufacturer’s recommendations! Ready-to-fly kits will need few additional supplies. A typical supply list for rocket kits that require construction might look like this:

    Building
    Model rocket kit (Skill Level 1 suggested for beginners)
    Ruler
    Pencil
    Hobby knife (ie Exacto brand)
    Scissors
    Glue (such as Elmer’s Glue-All or yellow wood glue such as Titebond II or Elmer’s Carpenter’s Glue)
    Sandpaper
    Masking Tape
    Some kits require plastic cement (Note: the non-toxic plastic cement will not hold!)

    Finishing
    Sanding sealer (inexpensive, low odor sanding sealers such as Delta Ceramcoat can be found in the craft paint section at Wal-Mart or hobby/craft stores)
    Paint brush for sanding sealer
    Masking tape (blue paint tape works better than regular masking tape)
    Spray primer
    Paints (usually spray paints, for best results use same brand as primer)

    Launching
    Engines—check the kit instructions for manufacturer’s recommendations. The lowest power (lowest letter) engines are suggested for first flights.
    Recovery wadding, igniters and igniter plugs (all typically included in engine packs)
    Launch Pad
    Launch Rod
    Launch Controller
    Batteries for the launch controller

    Where can I find “How –To” Videos?
    Rocketry How-To Part 1: How Model Rockets Work
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYh1p...e=channel_page
    Rocketry How-To Part 2: Components of a Model Rocket
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kAki...eature=related
    Rocketry How-To Part 3: Construction Techniques and Supplies
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxQ7v...eature=related
    Rocketry How-To Part 4: Finishing the Rocket’s Fins
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xS021...eature=related
    Rocketry How-To Part 5: Assembling the Rocket
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4GLu...eature=related
    Rocketry How-To Part 6: Painting the Completed Rocket
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQFx1...eature=related

    What should I take to a rocket launch?
    http://rocketryforum.com/showthread.php?t=569

    What do those letters and numbers (B6-4, C6-5, etc) on rocket engines mean?
    Explanation: (under construction)
    Flight diagram: http://www.fliskits.com/products/acc...ds/edp-005.pdf

    What do I need to know about safety?
    http://www.nar.org/NARmrsc.html

    Where can I find reviews and tips on model rocket kits?
    http://www.rocketreviews.com/cgi-bin...cList&&ArcList

    Where can I find ideas for rocketry on a limited budget?
    http://www.rocketryforum.com/showthread.php?t=1086
    http://www.rocketreviews.com/feature...atured20.shtml
    http://www.howtobuildmodelrockets.20...etryPage8.html

    Where can I find others in my area to launch with?
    National Association of Rocketry Clubs http://www.nar.org/NARseclist.php
    Youth Rocketry Clubs w/ TRF member sponsors: http://rocketryforum.com/showthread....1337#post11337

    Want to learn more? Check out these lists of model rocketry links compiled by TRF members (resources, vendors, organizations, etc) :
    Member suggestions for beginners: http://rocketryforum.com/showthread.php?t=539
    General: http://rocketryforum.com/showthread.php?t=110

    Last edited by Pippen; 5th September 2012 at 02:05 AM.
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    Where can I find educator resources?

    Apogee Model Rocket Education Guide
    http://www.apogeerockets.com/education/

    Art Applewhite Rockets (free saucer patterns)
    http://www.artapplewhite.com/

    Boy Scout Space Exploration Merit Badge
    http://www.rocketmime.com/space/space.html

    Low-budget Rocketry Ideas
    http://www.rocketreviews.com/feature...atured20.shtml

    Estes Educator
    http://www.esteseducator.com/

    FlisKits Educators Page
    http://www.fliskits.com/services/education/index.htm

    NASA Aerospace Activities & Lessons
    http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/K-12/aeroact.htm

    National Association of Rocketry (NAR) Educators Page
    http://2020vertical.com/nar_edu_cd_dev/

    Quest Aerospace Resource Central
    http://www.questaerospace.com/rcentral-edresources.asp

    Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC)
    http://www.rocketcontest.org/

    4-H – National Association of Rocketry partnership
    http://www.fourhcouncil.edu/nar.aspx
    Last edited by Pippen; 21st March 2009 at 03:25 PM.
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