Is there a proper Edicate for a build thread?

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  1. Sep 13, 2018 #1

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    I'm doing a couple build threads.
    I am waiting to get them along and ready for primer before posting the procedures.
    Or should I be posting progress every day?
    Thank You Kindly for our opinions.
     
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    I have seen some people post as they build and a few have posted after completion. Your choice. No set rules!
     
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    If you want to give it structure, with a table of contents and links to subsequent threads, and force the commentary to be below the content - you’ll have to post all at once after the fact so the editability window doesn’t close in the middle of your work.

    If you like the free flow and exchange all mixed together, then just do it.
     
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    Do whatever’s easiest for you. No matter what you do it will help someone.
     
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    Yes, most of the times I take pictures as I build, and then go back and do the whole write up.

    With the new forum format it won't let you go back and edit after a short time. So reserving a few post spots to keep the build together doesnt work anymore.
     
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    Some comments on the many I've read over the years:
    • Don't go off on a rant about some little thing. If there is an issue, raise it, discuss how you overcame it, and move on.
    • Use English, no need to get colourful with your words..
    • Size your pictures accordingly. No need for inserted 1920 x 1440 pics.. (I prefer when they are thumbnails at the bottom of the post..) and put them in order!
    • Focus & de-clutter the images you want to post. (This is a bit of an FB peeve: people who take pictures, then post them. Only to then share 'out-of-focus' images or the intended subject is lost on a desk with a ba-zillion other things on it, so you can't quite make out what you're looking at..)
     
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    Be nice to people who offer you alternatives, or "I would have done it this way...."
     
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    Whatever works for you Woody. There are no hard and fast rules. I suspect less get posted after completion purely because people with intentions of posting get busy or move onto other rocket projects and it takes a lower priority. Sometimes life just gets in the way too.

    Post it how you like. If we all did the same it would be a boring world to live in :)
     
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  10. Sep 14, 2018 #10

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    I like build threads that are current and following along as things progress....

    After the rocket is finished you could always do another thread that is more of a step by step without other members comments.

    Best of both worlds.
     
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    Honestly, I say just do it however you're most comfortable. I have been wanting to see your all-Titebond methods for a while, looking forward to your thread(s) and happy to see that you're doing some building.
     
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    Ummmm, It's spelled "etiquette" just to be complete. ;):p Kurt
     
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    But (thanks, Mustang; you’re correct) proper etiquette doesn’t include correcting spelling for your peers (or pointing out proper etiquette, so I’m guilty also.)
     
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    Just meant to be "lite" humor Steve nothing nasty. Am guilty of many a grammar mis"took" myself.:) Kurt
     
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    Post away. If you want, add some filler posts after your first post that you can come back and add info later.
     
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    Woody, Build and post however you please! Seems as though your corner of the world is much brighter lately. Looking forward to see what you are up to!
     
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    I can't spell, and I admit it.
    If spell check would work in the title, I would be much better off.
    I graduated on Shop Class, PE, Drafting and Teachers Assistant in all 3.
    And no, I wasn't a dump jock. I recently discovered I have stacked double vision.
    Probably had it all my life. That's why reading was so difficult for me.
    But thanks for correcting me.
     
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    It's not any brighter, but I'm trying not to let it get darker either.
    Thank You Kindly for the encouraging words!
     
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    That always amazes me when someone online gets berated for correcting spelling, grammar, etc. It's like society has gotten to the point where we're all way too sensitive and it would hurt someone's feelings for pointing out a mistake they made, and therefore we shouldn't do it.

    I, for one, welcome any and all corrections on my spelling, grammar, etc. I promise I won't get mad and my feelings won't get hurt. What I'll do instead is correct the error if I still have time, and thank the person for letting me know.

    By the way, you misspelled "But". o_O
     
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    It always amazes me when someone online gets berated for correcting spelling, grammar, etc. It's like society has gotten to the point where we're all way too sensitive and it would hurt someone's feelings for pointing out a mistake they made; therefore, we shouldn't do it.

    I, for one, welcome any and all corrections on my spelling, grammar, etc. I promise I won't get mad and my feelings won't get hurt. What I'll do instead is correct the error if I still have time, and thank the person for letting me know.
     
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    Ye, I di.
     
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    Me too, Kurt.
     
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    Well done! I expected something like that.

    I disagree with the "; therefore..." edit because that changes the meaning of the sentence. But I do appreciate the effort. I also appreciate the correction to "It" at the beginning.
     
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    Add my vote to post as you please and it's good to see you building again.

    I specialize in rambling build threads with cluttered, out of focus, and badly-lit pictures, spiced up with the occasional rant. :)

    [edited for the Oxford comma since that's how this thread is rolling... :p]
     
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    Thread derailed by spelling geeks.... :confused:
     
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    Hey Woody,

    If you do a build thread I would love to see pics and discussion about your "Tightbond the entire body tube inside and out technique." Particularly the outside of the tube which I think you then sand smooth.

    The technique you mentioned goes against my idea of common sense, which means my idea of common sense probably needs to be expanded.

    I haven't had time to try this out so would love to learn vicariously from your build.

    Looking forward to your thread,

    Marc
     
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    Time for peachtree...

    To LOCK this thread...
     
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    REALLY glad to see you are back posting, and back to building.

    Main thing..... enjoy doing the thread.

    BAD build threads are....... the ones that nobody ever created. It's not a contest.

    Photos: I like to avoid clutter in images. But even cluttered is better than no image.
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    I try to use a simple background. If it is small enough, I use poster paper (cheap at Dollar Tree) for a background (I prefer not to use white because white parts tend to blend into the background too much). I usually take multiple photos of the same angle and pick the best one later (digital image electrons are “cheap”, unlike expensive film). Also try other angles and lighting. Sometimes flash is needed, sometimes no flash closer-up is better. I add lamps sometimes, other times not. This is especially true for small details that are trickier to show well and also can be out-of-focus so again it's useful to take multiple shots and review the images real-time when practical.

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    For some this would be overkill, but at least try to avoid clutter and monitor your shots as you go along to at least be sure they are decently focused and decently lit. I also open the images in an editor and crop as needed to maximize the image of the model or its parts, reduce size %, and adjust brightness or contrast sometimes to improve the image. Again for some that would be overkill, but some “poor” images can be improved or saved that way rather than re-shooting (if possible).

    Timing: depends on the project. For something simpler, like say converting a Halloween candy bowl to fly as a flying Saucer, I usually build it first and test it to see if it works, then post a thread about it. Other things are works-in-progress with updates over time. Not "daily", but when there was some significant progress to document. Maybe several things over a longer period as multiple things were done then finally an update to catch up. Sometimes the opposite, more than one post about one particular aspect, to split things up (making a master part, then a mold, then molded copies). Whatever seems suitable.

    My Lunar Module Quadcopter thread was a mix of a lot of the above. I did NOT announce I was starting to build it. but I did take a lot of photos along the way to document it for my own reasons and also for a build thread later. I built the basic Descent Stage without legs, added the Quadcopter parts, and Test Flew it first to see if it flew worth a darn. Because there was a very real chance it would not fly well, and I do not mean some simple fixable problem but inherently it might just suck as a flying model with no viable way to solve it and I swore to myself that if it flew poorly I was going to abandon he project. And I didn’t want to have the pressure of announcing it and having a very public build thread where I’d feel like I needed to continue on with it anyway if it did suck.

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    Once I found that it worked well, then I began the build thread that announced the project and documented it to the level of progress it was at the time, then updated it every now and then as there were new developments, it was improved (Ascent Stage, Legs, colors and markings), and tested more, and so on. But again that was a unique project. If it had been an “R&D” type project, to try some new tech or new design and see if it could work or not, I’d have felt comfortable documenting it from the beginning and see where things led.

    Lunar Module thread link: https://www.rocketryforum.com/threads/flying-r-c-lunar-module-quadcopter-project.137174/

    The thread below is one that James Duffy began, about building the Estes 1/45 Little Joe-II kit. I joined into it, and later so did John Pursley. James and I documented our builds along the way (and flying), so it was mostly from the start. So, it's a good example.

    https://www.rocketryforum.com/threa...-joe-ii-tips-tricks-and-modifications.131767/

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