- Sep 29, 2011
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- Howard, NY
"well enough" is in the eye of the beholder.You can eyeball them well enough. Not all of us can. A builder's got to know his limitations (and use tools to compensate).
Almost right. The flat panels are slightly offset from the center of the flange that slides into the base, so the active face is offset by 1/16" if you slide the panel in one way (for 1/8" fins) and by (I think) 3/64" if you slide it in the other way (for 3/32" fins). Or it may be the second side is for thicker, 3/16" fins, rather than thinner 3/32". The panels are marked on both sides.yeah, one caveat about the Estes style jig, is that is it calibrated for one fin thickness.
Yup. Some may not like the cosmetics. A “structural” glue fillet, meaning only the amount of glue required to improve structural integrity won’t hide it, but a thicker “cosmetic” fillet would hide them.So you keep the cheaper on and apply fillets over it?
He is ROCKET CAT.What I really wanted to comment on was your cat.
I like dogs but right now I have cats. They are my children. I have one that can be a little annoying when I'm trying to build rockets. My parents had one that looked like yours. Gone many years now.
Amazing, flew straight, no role. Really did not see the cheaters. But, I think I would have to really embellish the fillet to hide it...but it adds strength. GreatYup. Some may not like the cosmetics. A “structural” glue fillet, meaning only the amount of glue required to improve structural integrity won’t hide it, but a thicker “cosmetic” fillet would hide them.
I used them on my Tank Killer,
Again, posted before, but had a new video with a beautiful flight and was able to catch the rocket before it hit the asphalt. Note: Catching low power rockets is NOT a NAR safety code violation. Catching HIGH POWER rockets IS a NAR Safety violation, although it may earn you a Darwin award if...www.rocketryforum.com
You can see them at the base of the rocket (they were waaay too long, extending far forward of the fins, but turned out nice for demo purposes, and for that rocket “cosmetic” wasn’t an issue.)
That bird flew absolutely straight, essentially ZERO roll. Kinda like the Skelenut from @gfunk
Not that he used balsa fillets, to my knowledge
Great video, cut to 2 minutes to show the rocket (bone?) solid stability
Do you have a same-thickness piece of fin-material in the other end of the aluminum angles ?So I built one of Macklin's guillotine fin jigs to do the fins on my new LOC-lV and for some reason I can't seem to master it. I read and reread the instructions and I must be missing something. You can see in the first pic (jig2) the fin is in place and everything is set up and you can see that the body tube appears to be off. I have a small level that I can place on the fin between the BT and the bottom of the angle and the bubble is dead smack in the middle. Can't tell if it's just my eyes playing tricks or if it's really off. The second pic shows where I backed off the angle, kept the top fin in the groove and placed the remaining fins in the tube using just the MK-1 eyeball for alignment and you can see it looks a lot different. Had no problems building the jig it's true and square (really nice woodwork). Either I'm just missing something or I need new glasses. Any Ideas?
Sort of like the once a decade iced up freeways in San Antonio.it's one thing to have the tool, it's another to know how to use it!
(like, people who get a jeep, then get it stuck.. "But it has 4-wheel drive!")