Does everything looks like rocket parts?

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Michael L

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A coworker walked into the breakroom today with two heavy cardboard tubes. One was about 2' long and the other was about 3' long. Same diameter. They were originally what the plotter paper was spooled on. I wasn't sure why he was giving them to me until he said "rocket tubes, I got them from my plotter paper roll". Then he left 🤣 I took them home and measured them... 50mm ID, 55.3-ish mm OD. I'm thinking about 3D printing a nose cone and adding fins...maybe try to fly it on some of the G motors I have stocked up. Or an I :oops::oops:🤣 nah... 🧐
 

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I've made rockets out of tubes I got in the mail. One was a launch rod and the other was what a 10-10 rail. I made another that was a USPS triangular box. I've used funnels for nose cones as well as a large [6"] plastic Christmas light bulb. I have also used paper mache cones as nose cones and boat tails. I have used styrafoam balls as nose cones and for making body tubes look like they have tanks. Another thing I've used are halves of plastic fillable ornaments. I've turned those into clear nose cones on things like a Sidewinder or other missiles that have seekers in the nose.
 

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Yes, everything does look like rocket parts. Non-standard tube are such a pain, everything has to be built. Couplers, centering rings, nose cones. They're just not worth it.

...yet there are 5 of those things sitting within reach of me right now that I just will not throw away, because they look like rocket parts.
 

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2" - 4" tubes not so much, as I have plenty of 'real' Loc / PML tubing of that size, but if I come across something bigger, say 6" - 10" mailing tube, as I occasionally do in my line of work, it always gets me day dreaming.
I have a couple of 6" x 4' tubes (might be 8" now that I think about it) in the garage :D
 

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Based on some of the (awesome) builds here on TRF, eventually even things like traffic cones, porta-johns, telephone booths, syringes, spiders, and trains start to look like rocket parts. So you've got a ways to go.
 

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I've got a mailing tube a fly rod was shipped in. It's right at BT80 size (about 2.6") and 5' long. Right now it has a cow wrapped around it.
 
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