19th February 2009, 03:51 PM
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:
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)
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)
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)
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: http://www.fliskits.com/products/acc...ds/edp-005.pdf
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 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
Last edited by Pippen; 5th September 2012 at 02:05 AM.
19th February 2009, 03:52 PM
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
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.