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I put up a new section, made up, (for now, at the moment), of articles and writings I did years ago, about how/why I went with cardstock for model rockets.
The 'Tips/tutorials' section

I would like to, and will, add more articles, including videos, as my time, and budget permit me to obtain new equipment to allow me to share how and what I do with others.

If anyone is interested in learning card rocketry design, or has something they want to share 'publicly' with others; I'd be interested in helping and encouraging how, and where I can, and as there are others- I won't name who, it may be a chance for me, and others, to learn things from you! :)

Some years ago, Art Applewhite had made a group for 'carders'. It was back in my 'High Flying Cards' days. BUT-Uh, Someone else should probably be in charge, or at least co-charge though, as I tend to get hot-headed sometimes, and occasionally need a proverbial frying pan to the head, to get back in working order. :bangpan:
Anyway- FYI! and Just running it up the flagpole. :cheers:

Eric:)
 

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That sounds like a GREAT idea!!!! I'd love to see this as a section here, if nothing else... :)

I've been VERY interested in cardstock modelling but the closest I've gotten so far is the cardstock parts common in Dr. Zooch kits...

I've been SO short of time the last few months that I haven't had time to really dive into it, or much of anything else.

Looking forward to your tips/info! OL JR :)
 

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I put up a new section, made up, (for now, at the moment), of articles and writings I did years ago, about how/why I went with cardstock for model rockets.
The 'Tips/tutorials' section [Snip]
Hi Eric,

Did you mean to say you added a Tips & Tutorial section to your website?

http://axesworld.embarqspace.com/

Thanks for uploading your instructional documents and having them accessable in one place.

Could you add a link to your General Building Instructions at the Tips & Tutorials page? I saw a link to this document on another page, but it's such an important document it should be added here too.

It's nice to see your work updated and any new models you are working on. Many of the techniques of card modeling can be used in model rocket construction so this is a great resource.

Thanks for paying forward with your skills.

Regards,
Mike
 

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Hi Eric,

Did you mean to say you added a Tips & Tutorial section to your website?

http://axesworld.embarqspace.com/

Could you add a link to your General Building Instructions at the Tips & Tutorials page? I saw a link to this document on another page, but it's such an important document it should be added here too.

Regards,
Mike
Like DUH! My BAD!!! Since I considered it an instructional document for how 'I' do things, I put it at the top of the flying rocket page. I'll add the link on the tips page too- should be ready in 10 min from the posting time on this :D

and, as always..You're welcome!
 

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I love building cardstock models, flying or otherwise! :)

MarkII
 

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Hi Eric,

Good to see you around again.

As you know, I've been known to make a cardstock model or two over the years, although I haven't made anything recently.

I looked over your tip & tutorial section and it's a good start.

I too have used MS Paint to make a number of paper models and it's suprisingly good for flying paper models.
 

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BOB!

It's good to read you too!

It ought to be a god start, all of those writings are at least 5 years old, and older. :(

I've been using Paint Shop Pro-7 for the last, almost 4 years now, and love it. There's a free version available too. it may not be as good, but that's why I want to start (again) a consortium of sorts, to pass on new information and techniques. Newer programs, that I may not even be aware of.

Just for reference, right now I am using (as above), I still Metaseqoiua is the best free cad program available, and Pepakura Designer. I bought a license for that one. It's still pretty cheap for the newest version; mine is 2 years old now, but it works for me just fine.

I'm not sure what else to add here- and hence- the desire to start a card model designing school/club/forum (call it whatever)!
 

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Yep - us paper launchers gotta stick together. It would be kind of cool to create a section here for paper modeling since it does involve a few different skill sets than using the more common materials.

I have continued to design and build paper models, although most of mine have been competition models lately. I have to say, they are quite competitive - I've done very well using them in several contests. Believe it or not, I took first place in an egglofting event using a paper model. Yes, 110# paper WILL hold up when flying an egg on a D motor. I've also done well with my paper duration models and even built a helicopter model with paper rotors for 1/8A HD (it worked but there were a couple other issues that kept it from doing very well).

For design, I use Adobe Illustrator. It's expensive, but there is very little I can't do with it. It makes drawing transitions (and, as a result, nose cone segments) very easy.
 

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Excellent!
Personally I enjoy cardmodeling for flying, display or both. As I type, there is a full color, flyable Currell V2 setting on my work desk.

Hints, tips and tricks would be most welcome. Sometime back I had access to a 36" plotter, so , like any other loyal employee, I ran off numerous 200% to 300% uspacales of anything I could find:
Saturn V and 1B, Redstone IRBM, Soyuz, X-20 Dynasoar, Diamant, Juno, Jupiter C, N1, LEM, V2, Gemini Titan, Scud B, Regulus, plus many, many, many more.
So far, the only card upscale completed is this beast, a 325% upscale Currell Friede taking flight on an F40.

 

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Eric, thanks for sharing all your work and experience with us! Very, very cool stuff there!

I've forwarded on the request for a board dedicated to cardstock rockets on to the powers that be.

Where is everyone finding the most inexpensive source for cardstock these days?
 

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Eric,

Thanks for the terrific resource! I've downloaded the pdf's to read this afternoon, and I really enjoyed looking around your site!

One small question/quibble though... I have my IE browser set up to enlarge the text as much as possible to reduce eyestrain, and for some reason, your webpage WOULD NOT allow the text to be enlarged whatsoever! That is the ONLY webpage I've seen do that! I even tried zooming in and for some reason your webpage would STILL just shrink it down to tiny letters... I could tell it WAS zooming in as the page content would shift a bit and a slider bar appeared at the bottom of the window but the contents and text would still stay the same size...

Just wondering if there was a setting or something you locked out to prevent your webpage from being zoomed in on or having the text enlarged. I leaned in close to read it but I set the text size larger so I don't have to do that all day... LOL:)

Just curious... thanks again for a great resource! OL JR :)
 

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Sorry Luke. :(

If I knew the answer, or could help I would. The website is the freebie, (through Site-maker), I get from my ISP, and it's very limited in what and how it allows me to present things. It's also a pill to work on. I also admit, I'm no -WEBMASTER- :eek:
I had to load some of my toys into the Internet Archive, through OUR-MEDIA, (a free source for hosting-btw), So I would have the room for the new page(s).
Upgrading means money, and money for that is not in my budget, unless I start charging small fees for my toys again.
I don't want to do that. :)

I'm not into competition, at all. I don't have anyone/anywhere to compete with if I wanted too. I enjoy pushing the limits of how outlandish and creative I can make a model, scale, clone, or otherwise, with a flyable airframe. ;)
I'm working on 'card-cloning' the old Centuri Buck Rogers Starfighter right now.

Cardstock lasts me a long time, so long I forgot when I bought some last. I use 110 rather sparingly, but am working it more into my 'rocket' designs, mostly because almost everyone feels it's a necessity. I get mine at Office Max, just because it's the closest available source. Nothing fancy, 67lb, 110lb- white:)

Babble typing!- need coffee! :)
 
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Eric, thanks for sharing all your work and experience with us! Very, very cool stuff there!

I've forwarded on the request for a board dedicated to cardstock rockets on to the powers that be.

Where is everyone finding the most inexpensive source for cardstock these days?
Lisa, I use Georgia Pacific 110# cardstock for most of my builds. One layer is usually sufficient for most any rocket and the GP card is nice and smooth and bright white. I've also used Hammermill (decent) and Wausau (not very good). Georgia Pacific is also the least expensive at about $4 or so at Walmart.
 

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Hey, folks, just thought I'd chime into your conversation and let you know that we will create a section for cardstock rocketry. May take a day or two (I'm on the road with limited access, right now) but we'll get it up and running as quickly as we can.

While we're at it, we'll create a few other special interest areas.

-Kevin
 

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Sorry Luke. :(

If I knew the answer, or could help I would. The website is the freebie, (through Site-maker), I get from my ISP, and it's very limited in what and how it allows me to present things. It's also a pill to work on. I also admit, I'm no -WEBMASTER- :eek:
I had to load some of my toys into the Internet Archive, through OUR-MEDIA, (a free source for hosting-btw), So I would have the room for the new page(s).
Upgrading means money, and money for that is not in my budget, unless I start charging small fees for my toys again.
I don't want to do that. :)

I'm not into competition, at all. I don't have anyone/anywhere to compete with if I wanted too. I enjoy pushing the limits of how outlandish and creative I can make a model, scale, clone, or otherwise, with a flyable airframe. ;)
I'm working on 'card-cloning' the old Centuri Buck Rogers Starfighter right now.

Cardstock lasts me a long time, so long I forgot when I bought some last. I use 110 rather sparingly, but am working it more into my 'rocket' designs, mostly because almost everyone feels it's a necessity. I get mine at Office Max, just because it's the closest available source. Nothing fancy, 67lb, 100lb- white:)

Babble typing!- need coffee! :)
No prob... it's a nice site anyway...

And I'm ONE HUNDRED AND TEN PERCENT POSITIVE you did a better job with it than I could ever do!

Later! OL JR :)

PS... I use both 67 and 110 pound card... and cereal boxes... :)
 

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PS... I use both 67 and 110 pound card... and cereal boxes... :)
Thank you for the compliment(s)!:) ...and thank you everyone else too. ;)

I use, in no particular order:
67, 110, copy paper, photo paper (usually the cheaper gloss), file folders, cereal boxes, those flat rate shipping boxes from USPS are great for high strength, and most of the time I can get them for free. Also, shampoo/shipping boxes from Val's salon. Heavier stuff means a dumpster dive behind the local Dollar General. ;)

Eric:)
 

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I have fallen inlove with cardstock rocketry. its a blast need to rebuild my scuds all three.
 

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I just have to say that you made this whole week a real blast(off) for me spaceaxe..! I¨ve downloaded and made some of the models on your website, and along with a few mates, we just might have found a new hobby. With a few succesful and offourse unsuccesful launches, the laughs just have not stopped this entire week so much fun we have had!:cheers:
So from the snow-covered fields of Norway, thank you SO much for revealing this for us! (Tusen takk skal du ha som det står, og forresten, er du norsk?):)
 

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Great to hear from a Norwegian! You're very Welcome.

..og, Nei. Jeg er 'Kielbasa-Kraut' fra Detroit! :D

I havn't had a chance to use my Norwegian in awhile... I need to read Aftenposten more... No-one to talk too, and practice though. :(

Eric:)
 
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