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    Join Date
    18th January 2009

    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?

    What are the parts of a model rocket and how do they work?

    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:

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

    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)

    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
    Rocketry How-To Part 2: Components of a Model Rocket
    Rocketry How-To Part 3: Construction Techniques and Supplies
    Rocketry How-To Part 4: Finishing the Rocket’s Fins
    Rocketry How-To Part 5: Assembling the Rocket
    Rocketry How-To Part 6: Painting the Completed Rocket

    What should I take to a rocket launch?

    What do those letters and numbers (B6-4, C6-5, etc) on rocket engines mean?
    Explanation: (under construction)
    Flight diagram:

    What do I need to know about safety?

    Where can I find reviews and tips on model rocket kits?

    Where can I find ideas for rocketry on a limited budget?

    Where can I find others in my area to launch with?
    National Association of Rocketry Clubs
    Youth Rocketry Clubs w/ TRF member sponsors:

    Want to learn more? Check out these lists of model rocketry links compiled by TRF members (resources, vendors, organizations, etc) :
    Member suggestions for beginners:

    Last edited by Pippen; 5th September 2012 at 02:05 AM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    18th January 2009
    Where can I find educator resources?

    Apogee Model Rocket Education Guide

    Art Applewhite Rockets (free saucer patterns)

    Boy Scout Space Exploration Merit Badge

    Low-budget Rocketry Ideas

    Estes Educator

    FlisKits Educators Page

    NASA Aerospace Activities & Lessons

    National Association of Rocketry (NAR) Educators Page

    Quest Aerospace Resource Central

    Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC)

    4-H – National Association of Rocketry partnership
    Last edited by Pippen; 21st March 2009 at 03:25 PM.

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