Birdie from Arkansas [Uncle Mike's Rocket Shack]

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  1. Jan 18, 2019 #1

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    While looking at some other kits, I found this: a badminton birdie (shuttlecock) turned into a rocket.

    Oh, yeah...….

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  2. Jan 18, 2019 #2

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    Had one back in the day.... Late 60's I think. It flew and came down somewhere.............
     
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  5. Jan 22, 2019 #5

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    OK, the instructions aren't long, but well done.

    Start by gluing the balsa disc in the tube. The disc requires sanding.

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    By the way, the lazer-cut parts require a little sanding to knock off residual (burnt) balsa. This makes for a better glue joint.

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    OK, next the centering disc is placed over the motor tube.

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    And then you align everything inside the birdie. Once you have parts where you want them, glue (CA) the centering disc to the motor tube.

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    The instructions are very detailed with all this. Epoxy time.

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    Note that I was careful to align the small hole in the centering disc with an open slot on the birdie.

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    Its a fun flyer!
     
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    Adding the launch lug. Taped up, like the instructions.

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    Now its time for an upscale! Found a 5in diameter at 5below, had to buy the rackets with it. IMG_20181224_161229285.jpg IMG_20181224_161255915.jpg
     
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    Bravo! :):cool:;)
     
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    Had one of those back when Estes first came out with it. Built a cone back then as well. I've made several cones of different sizes over the past twenty yearsor so, and have looked at an upscale Birdie. I guess it's time to stop "thinking" and start "working".
     
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    Okay, let’s see you make a Rocket with the Racquets.

    That would be a RacquetRocket.
     
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    Hope the flight doesn’t go astray due tomorrow shuttle cocking.
     
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    There was a little shuttlecocking, but the shuttlecock performed ok, if not a little too soon......:oops:
     
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    Had a successful launch of my Birdie. The flight was no problem......finding the Birdie after the flight was a problem.

    I didn't think about this beforehand, but when the Birdie returns, it is nose down.

    Duh. :rolleyes:

    This means the white nose is covered in grass/mud/etc., and the red skirt and wooden centering ring are what is visible.

    The good news is that I found the Birdie in some grass.
     
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    So, to help find the Birdie on the ground, and see it when it launches, I painted the skirt and base orange.

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    By the way, this thing goes up FAST. I had forgotten how fast the small rockets move.
     
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    Soooo.... the shuttlecock had a premature ejection?:D
     
  23. Jan 28, 2019 #23

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    Not "premature", but certainly a "wham-bam-thankyou-mam" event. ;)
     
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    This thread is on a narrowing downward spiral
     
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    Cool, is that thunderchief orange?
     
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    No, just some other fluorescent orange that I had laying around (from hardware store). This is the paint that eats foam.:eek:
     
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    No, that is my Sparrow rocket glider thread. ["Narrowing downward spiral" is the initial flight performance. :oops:]
     

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