- Jul 13, 2017
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Hello everyone, Just wanted to share my current project after recovering from Chemo-Radiation treatments for throat cancer. Yea, I was doing this before Neil and Buzz walked on the moon. Those were the wild-west days of model rocketry. How we have grown since 1968... WOW! This is no longer your C6-5 stuffed into an Estes Big Bertha anymore. No sir! Settled on a 29mm motor so I can launch without a L1 certificate and maybe later qualify if I can get some transportation to a meet (the radiation fried my eyesight and depth perception so I don't drive anymore). Basicly I used Estes Pro Series II components (2" inch body tube coupled to their 2.5" inch body tube) with a lot of stuff from my local hardware store (yea we still have a family owned one here in my little town). Note to myself; next time use standardized body tubes so you don't have to engineer your own centering rings and ejection baffles. Found an outfit in Los Vegas that will do custom laser cutting so I had centering rings and fins cut using CAD drawings I developed on my computer. Very reasonable a super fast turnaround time for the product. Right now I have everything assembled, just a load of body prep and sanding to get everything the way I want it before applying final paint. Used a lot of super-glue to fill in seams and good old two part epoxy mix for fillets on the fins. What started out as a 53" rocket has morphed into a 74" monster. Here are some photos I took along the way. More to follow as things progress and of course a YouTube video when we launch this sucker. Reach for the stars and beyond everyone!