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  1. G

    Wildman 4" 54mm Eagle Claw build

    I've liked the looks of this kit since I first saw GL's Talon years ago thinking that would be a rocket I'd love to bring to the range. Decided last year to get it done. Would have considered the GL but last year the 4 inch didn't look like it was available. Happened to see the Eagle Claw on...
  2. M

    How many times can you restore a rocket? At least 3!

    Restore thread but also discussion on what is too much to restore vs throw away and start over from scratch If you have a keen eye maybe you can tell what this started life out as, I won't spoil it other than to say it was a kit. It has been restored once as the rocket seen below. My son helped...
  3. H. Craig Miller

    ANTI-VIRUS Build Thread

    54mm Powered ANTI-VIRUS PREFACE With the onset of COVID-19 and its fallout, the interrupting supply chains and size limiting or outright cancellation of launches and other rocketry events, how can its spread be stopped? Wearing masks, social distancing, vaccines? No... with an injection... with...
  4. Gonzo

    Ridiculous, WAY over the top, 1010 launch stand. 39A

    Having recently ventured into mid power rocketry, I figured I’d get a 1010 launch stand for myself. When I saw the prices I thought, “For that price I could build a replica of Kennedy 39A!!!”...... That’s all I needed. No amount of rational thought was going to persuade me. So buckle up! Down...
  5. H. Craig Miller

    Build Thread: Mega Der Dredt Max Kit Bash

    After I posted photographs of my Mega Der Dredt Viper kit bash on the “What did you do rocket wise today?” thread, RobertH3 asked me to create a build thread because other Max fans may want to build it. Although I have never done a build thread, and did not intend to do so for this build, here...
  6. neil_w

    Build thread: Plasma Dart

    This rocket was first cooked up about three years ago and started me on my plasma-core kick. It has seen remarkably little design modification since the first unveiling (only the canard-like appendages on the strakes have been added.) The paint scheme, however, has been churned endlessly, and...
  7. M

    Apogee Maker's Dozen build/review

    Hi everybody, A quick background to this build; as covid regulations fluctuated in my state I invited sister and nieces to a small park for a launch day. She made the comment of doing a space camp with the kids since at this point they have no summer camps, and hopefully in the fall we can have...
  8. mbeels

    BOOM XB-1

    It started with neil_w's "imagination fuel" post, it got me firing on all cylinders, so to speak. I really love airplanes that look like rockets, and rockets that look like airplanes. As he observed: and that challenge makes these candidates for an even more fun scratch built project. I...
  9. mbeels

    Loc LaserLoc 163, Mach 1 on Level 1 motors (with modifications)

    I like all sorts of rockets including odd-rocs, scale rockets, unique rockets, spectacle rockets. I like jet rockets, sci-fi rockets, and I love futuristic hypersonic planes. But sometimes I just want to put a big motor in a rocket and send it. When I got my Level one last year, I had several...
  10. Wally Ferrer

    My Madcow 2.6 Bomarc build thread

    I've been wanting to do a build thread, if for no reason other than to better document my build process. Any feedback for improvements I get will be icing on the cake. I happened to be in Colorado Springs last year on my trip to launch rockets for my niece in Oklahoma who has CP (sorry, not her...
  11. Alan R

    Apogee Zephyr L1 Build

    This thread is just to document the build for L1. Nothing special about the build, but I already know I will deviate from instructions in one or two places. Nothing major. Kit arrived yesterday.. I'm excited to jump in. When I decided to L1, I wanted a 38mm and I had a couple of kits in mind...
  12. neil_w

    Build thread: Blackfish

    Normally I prefer to properly finish one build thread before starting another, but at this point the Skywriter is just sitting around waiting for paint, so it's time. I will be building this (~30", 24mm powered, BT60): Thanks to @BABAR for the name. John Boren once remarked that coming up...
  13. mbeels

    Celestial Jet

    I had a sudden urge to build a rocket (that happens to me on occasion) and I wanted it to look like a jet. I especially like designs by Shrox and borrowed some inspiration from him while perusing this thread. The result was this: For a starting point, I used the BT-80 body tube with 29mm...
  14. mbeels

    Plasma Dart II Upscale (a neil_w design)

    If you've perused the Scratch Built forum, you've probably seen one of neil_w's build threads. He has a real eye for design and his rockets are unique and interesting. His meticulous attention to detail and techniques make for quality build threads. When I saw his Plasma Dart II, I wanted...
  15. Tobor

    Madcow AGM-33 Pike

    The AGM-33 Pike is one kit I've wanted for quite some time. And now, thanks to Papa Elf & my 2019 CIJ Secret Santa, I have one. Just to start things off, here is the OR file, updated with the measured weights for all the parts and a few things that I will be adding to the mix. More to come.
  16. caveduck

    Birdie clone insta-build

    This is going to be a single-post build thread. Maybe two if the forum software won't take all 6 photos at one go. We got a tube of badminton birdies at Big 5 yesterday to replenish our supply...of course I liberated one for nefarious purposes. I actually had an ulterior motive - to check out...
  17. neil_w

    Plasma Dart II Build Thread

    I've been holding off starting this one, but now seems to be the time. Let's kick it off with this, which was a jolly good bit of fun to make:
  18. mbeels

    Skunk'd!

    I decided I'll attempt air starting motors for my next rocket. A 29mm motor in the center would be ignited on the pad, and the two outboard canted motors would be air started. Skunk by mbeels posted May 20, 2019 at 11:28 PM I also wanted to do oblique nose cones. I couldn't find any for...
  19. PeterP

    LOC 4" Black Brant X L1 Cert Build

    Hey all, this will be my first post on TRF! I decided I wanted to go for my HPR certifications after building rockets with my school’s rocketry program this past semester. So, I bought myself a LOC 4” Black Brant X to certify L1 and L2 with. I figured going with the biggest kit I could find...
  20. mbeels

    Build Thread: Pemberton Technologies King Kraken for Level 1 Cert

    After considering many options for my Level 1 rocket (Zephyr? Super DX3?) I chose the King Kraken. Besides being a really great looking rocket, I liked the tube fins and it could fly on Gs at non-HP fields. But mostly it is a great looking rocket. My plan is to do my Level 1 flight at Red...
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