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But what about the pie attack on the cat?
I dunno, isn't that what real cartoons do? A moment of suspense, and then commercials until "next week" or so? Well, at least I don't have commercials! (unless I guess I'm promoting smurfs and tools, but it's not like anyone's paying me for it, it's just my stuff and part of this crazy hobby combination I got myself into).

George Lucas said SFX are nothing without a story, so like his movies, the story here is basically just an excuse to show off cool stuff like a catapult and pies (which I guess aren't really special effects, but the most special effecty stuff my budget allows) So enjoy the special SFX! Enjoy the catapult! It took 6 months and a pandemic for it to be built!

Also, posting story stuff without progress on the rocket is beyond what the forum is for. So each post has to show progress on the rocket itself. That's like a constraint I use. Trying to keep a balance.

Anyway, after I posted that last picture, I realized I hadn't finished removing wood in the cone, so here's the finished nose cone!
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Handy:

We tried to make a door hinge out of a piano wire passing through 2 pairs of eye screws, but it turned out to be too rigid! To keep it from sliding out the top, we had to make a loop on the top end of the wire, around the upper eye screw hinge, but the steel it’s made of is so stiff even Hefty Smurf couldn’t close the loop using my best tools in the limited space of the crew cabin! So we found a cheap hanger instead. Hanger steel is much easier to work with!

Here I am with the piano wire we tested. On the top right of the picture, you can see the eye screw hinge we couldn’t bend the piano wire around:

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And here’s a close-up of the upper eye screw hinge, half in the shadow. You can see the hanger wire bent around the pair of eye screws. Now the door can open and close, but the wire won’t slide out when the ejection charge goes off!
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(Back near HQ)
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Hefty:
When Azrael saw us, he dove back in the forest Papa Smurf! We waited all day but he never showed up again!

Papa Smurf:
He probably remembered the last time we jammed his face with a load of smurfberry pies!

Greedy:
Azrael sure missed out on a HICCUP! … tasty treat!

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Brainy:
The FOREST!?! But that’s where Astro is training survival skills!
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Smurfette:
OH NO! What if Azrael finds him!?!
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Grouchy:
I HATE that Astro and Azrael are both in the Forest!

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Astro:
They say I have to practice surviving in the woods in case my rocket ship doesn’t reach the stars and I fall back to Earth! So here I am! Deep in the Forest! To keep busy, Clockwork 2 and I dug a well!

Clockwork 2:
Bort Tweek Rattle Rattle Gwink Zert Bonk!
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But the plan is that once in outer space, we’ll find an alien resort with all amenities included! Nice weather, sandy beaches, clear starry skies and … NO CATS!
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Cats are the worst! They really are! They’re a threat to all smurfkind and I think we shouldn’t even be on the same planet at all!
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STUPID CATS! There! I said it!

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Handy:
Look what Tailor Smurf did! He put together a 45” parachute and a black Nomex protector, and tied 3 Kevlar loops to a center to keep the fins attached to the airframe when they slip away during ejection! Astro had done this with polyester and hemp cords, but Kevlar is better! What are you sewing now Tailor?

Tailor:
This here is just an old sock Handy, but if I make a hole in it, Brainy says it can tell us in which direction the wind is blowing!
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ZWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE………………….!!!!
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.......EEEEEEEEYAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY.....!!!!
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………….. YYYOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUU!!!!
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Astro:
WHAT was THAT?!?
A strange flash of light!?!
Maybe it was a falling star!
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When a star falls, it can make a strange flash of light!
Come on Clockwork! Let’s go smurf for it!

Clockwork:
Tweedle Tweedle Flop Doing!
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Azrael :
… ZZZZZ … ZZZZZ … ZZZZZ…
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Handy:
Astro’s crew cabin needs a ceiling for 2 reasons:

1. To prevent ejection smoke from soiling Astro and choking him.
2. To prevent Astro from falling out if his seatbelt fails.

So the crew cabin needs a ceiling, but the ceiling needs to open outwards like a hatch, so we can lower in and remove the fake floor with the pilot seat.

But for hinges to work, we need to cut off that part of the motor tube right above my right ear that overreaches the middle wall, because that wall needs to support hinges, and hinges will only allow a ceiling-hatch to open if there’s no superfluous motor tube in the way.

So to cut off the top part of the motor tube, we used a rotary tool with a cut off disk!

First, we stuffed some paper towel in the cabin to prevent saw dust from messing up the cockpit:
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Then, we cut away with a bit like this:
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Ready for the hinges and ceiling-hatch!
 

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Handy:
For the ceiling/hatch, we sanded a leftover half-donut-disk to make sure it fit inside the crew cabin and got these smurfy hinges.
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We fitted everything manually to mark where the screws should be on the ceiling/hatch:
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And we screwed the hinges in place:
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On the backside, which is what the pilot sees, we chopped off the screw tips, and pressed pieces of balsa on the remaining tips with epoxy. Soft as a cushion!
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Next, we install this on the airframe!
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K9:
Sniff, sniff, sniff …
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Marvin:
Oh, goody goody! What a strange Earthling you have located there K9! Hmmm? You must be so glad you finally got to use your new insomnium Q-One-Zero sleeperator! HMMM!

This funny-looking creature will make such a lovely 2-state Qubit upgrade for our quantum computer back on Mars! I just can’t wait to calculate the success probability of my new peanut-butter-pumpkin cupcake recipe!

Oh! And look! It appears that the fuzzy beast has built itself a primitive ground water extraction apparatus. How very interesting! A much more intelligent species than one would expect from this planet. HMMM! Let us go back to Mars now with our catch.
 

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Mechanic:
Handy and I finally installed the hinged ceiling!

At 10:30 and 4:30 in the picture, you can see the brass hinges and the two screw-tip covers made of rectangular balsa boards we painted red.

At 5:00, you can see a welding steel rod we found that fit perfectly as an axle for the door hinges made of two pairs of 7/16” eye screws.

At 6:30, you can see another pair of eye screws. Each one is epoxied in place so they be held together with a jewelry lobster clasp to make a door lock, or, if we want to lock Astro up more safely, we can slide another steel rod going from the floor to the ceiling!

At 6:00, we’re clamping an unpainted second board above the door. This board is just the right height to hold a piece of Velcro to keep the ceiling shut! The shut ceiling will also keep the one or two door rods in place during flight! Once the glue has dried and the Velcro pieces have been applied, the top part of the rocket will be done!

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Astro:
We’ll never find that fallen star Clockwork! We’ve been looking for smurfs and smurfs now!

Clockwork 2.0:
Tweedle Tweedle Flop Dong Garble Garble Doink!

Astro:
And the sun’s too warm! Quick! Run get my smurf so I can get out here before I start cooking!

Clockwork 2.0:
Razzle Dazzle Dingle Tron! Dingle Dingle Woosh!!

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