The man with the plan. And some duct tape.
- May 14, 2018
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- Pinellas County, Florida
I expect and I hope that the trapezoid panels will provide all the support I need. They keep the fins spaced and at the correct length, so there's no room for more than a very little movement. I hope. Also, I'll have the fins vertical, where they will have the least ability to sag. If I wind up ruining it, it'll be a learning experience.I think it's a promising idea for your Frik 'n' Frak, although there are inherent dangers that when everything is soft it'll settle into an undesirable shape unless you have a lot of splints and clamps on it. I hope you'll document how you do it and how it works out for you.
My suggestion was meant to say to lightly spray the inside in the configuration that you pictured here. Hanging it vertical, tabs down, would be a good idea.For this rocket it'd be impossible because there's no exposed balsa to apply it to. Outside is painted and inside is body tube.
The "inside" is paper body tube, which I shall not be wetting down. The balsa is all sandwiched in between.My suggestion was meant to say to lightly spray the inside in the configuration that you pictured here. Hanging it vertical, tabs down, would be a good idea.
Please explain that.Brobdingnagian
Well, how about just putting it down and taking a step back? Once the fins are on, prop the nose up on something innocuous, like a block of wood, a stray box, or whatever is handy.[W]ill need to come up with a better approach when taking finished beauty shots.
Some things, including a windshield crack filler I recently used, require UV exposure to cure. When you can get the fins back, if they're not nice and hard, you might try taking out side on a sunny day.Unfortunately there is no ETA for the fins. The Turtle Wax sealant was still not cured at last check, and so the whole fin set is carefully hanging out at work and I can't transport them. And now I'll be working from home for the next.... well who knows how long. So this rocket may not actually get finished for a while. But I'm pretty happy with where it is right now.
Well, someone here did suggest that you embed a small piece of real pencil lead right at the tip, and use it to fill out its own flight card. Too late now, I guess. Or not.It looks almost hilariously real, at least without the fins. Really wanna try writing with it.
https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/BrobdingnagianPlease explain that.
Yeah, something like that. Also need to get out my roll of commando cloth, this should look good against a black background.Well, how about just putting it down and taking a step back? Once the fins are on, prop the nose up on something innocuous, like a block of wood, a stray box, or whatever is handy.
That's worth a shot, although the instructions don't say anything about that (and Turtle Wax tech support didn't mention it either in their useless reply to my inquiry).Some things, including a windshield crack filler I recently used, require UV exposure to cure. When you can get the fins back, if they're not nice and hard, you might try taking out side on a sunny day.
Can confirm on the qualities of a night photo.Ultimate black background is a night shot.
If you can set it up on pole (preferably painted black), with nothing in the background within range of the flash. Think a back porch, angle the camera slightly up so you don't include the ground.
Usually your camera will still be able to focus on the rocket, the flash will illuminate the rocket perfectly, everything else in the background is too far away to reflect the flash.
Only downside I see is that you MIGHT get reflections off the fins.....
From an aesthetic point of view, I think having that ferrule intact, without any fin slots in it, is worth a lot. Or are you saying even behind the ferule? Or behind the eraser??I also expect to regret the decision to place the fins where I did. I've since seen so many pics of rockets with clear fins, all placed at the very rear. I'm going to wish I did that. Oh well.
That's one thing. The second is: don't ever wipe polycarbonate with paper towels. The third is: use acrylic unless you really need the strength of the polycarbonate. Or else get scratch-coated poly if you can.You've learned a ton over those fins (like keeping the protective sheet on for awhile)
That's tough, something that delicate wouldn't remain pristine at all in my house, especially when my 5 year old helps pack the car for rocket launches.The second is: don't ever wipe polycarbonate with paper towels.