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I thought I was done with paper rockets for a while after doing three recently. But my curiosity got the better of me and so I built the first one:
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This is the 1904 rocket. Some observations:
1. Instructions are in Japanese, but if you've done cardstock rockets or models before, you can just follow the illustrations and figure it out.
2. Print in landscape mode, actual size, and use A4 or legal cardstock. I used letter sized cardstock, fit to paper and it seems to print slightly underscale. So I subbed a bt-20 tube for the paper engine tube and enlarged the hole in the centering rings using a circle cutter.
3. The instructions include making an engine hook out of wire. I just subbed one from my parts stash.
4. The interlocking glue tabs are interesting. Haven't seen that before.
5. The fins are open on the bottom, and I'm concerned about landing damage. So I used a generic "choose your size" chute kit and chose 24". the largest size. Slowest descent, but the most wind drift. Will fly on calm days only.
6. No mention of nose weight, but my mindsim tells me that it might need some. Will see where the CG is after finishing.

Haven't decided yet whether to print the Camui on letter cardstock or look for some legal sized sheets. I may also redo the 1904 on legal paper. Hey, for a few cents of paper I can afford a redo, right?
The C75B rocket however is big. The actual size printout won't even fit on legal paper. You need ledger size (11X17). 24mm motor mount. Don't know if I'm gonna do that one.
There is also a .pdf for a paper launch controller. Interesting. Laters.
 
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Going to have to try these...
 

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Very cool “airfoiled” fins on the camui. Also has a neat graphical instructions on how to cut a parachute from a grocery bag, very clever. Thank you for sharing these designs.

The body tube patterns are in landscape mode, so you have to curl the paper across the natural grain, which may crease unless you steam the paper. I usually make body tube patterns in portrait layout on cardstock paper, but this limits the max dia you can get from a single sheet to 8.5/pi or about 2.7”
 

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OK, here's the Camui:
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It's big! So big that it can hide the 1904 behind it:

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Even though I printed it underscale with letter size instead of legal cardstock.
Approx. 2.25" dia. and about 36" tall.

I might check if Office Depot can print the C75B... rocket on 11x17 cardstock. I think I may have some 11x17 poster board paper but my printers can only go 8.5" max wide.

We have a launch scheduled for tomorrow. These two are going up, weather permitting. Laters.
 

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OK, here's the Camui:
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It's big! So big that it can hide the 1904 behind it:

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Even though I printed it underscale with letter size instead of legal cardstock.
Approx. 2.25" dia. and about 36" tall.

I might check if Office Depot can print the C75B... rocket on 11x17 cardstock. I think I may have some 11x17 poster board paper but my printers can only go 8.5" max wide.

We have a launch scheduled for tomorrow. These two are going up, weather permitting. Laters.
Impressive and very very cool!
 

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I really like the fins on that one, will have to give it a try. That is bigger than the Estes Mercury Redstone, for relative comparison, but is probably much lighter and would totally scream on a C6-5
 

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Since I've never tried cardstock rocketry, I'm still amazed that a single unlaminated layer of paper can withstand the acceleration and windforce of an 18mm motor, even if it is 100lb cardstock.
 

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Portions of it are more than a single layer, the seams have a layer of glue that dries like hard plastic laminated in between two layers of paper. And additional glue can be spread on the inside for reinforcement. Those nose cones can be pretty rigid when built properly, and the body tube seams can be as well. Still have to handle it carefully if holding the tube in between couplers, but just a thin layer of white glue spread around the inside of the paper gives it a little bit of extra support.
 

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Portions of it are more than a single layer, the seams have a layer of glue that dries like hard plastic laminated in between two layers of paper. And additional glue can be spread on the inside for reinforcement. Those nose cones can be pretty rigid when built properly, and the body tube seams can be as well. Still have to handle it carefully if holding the tube in between couplers, but just a thin layer of white glue spread around the inside of the paper gives it a little bit of extra support.
Thanks for clarifying. Knowing those details, it makes a whole lot more sense.
 

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How heavy are those? I' certainly interested
The 1904 is .95 oz.
The Camui is 2.5 oz.
Both w/o motor. Also these were printed slightly underscale.
Was unable to send these up yesterday due to breezy conditions. Lost two other rockets.
 

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again for comparison with a more familiar rocket, while slightly smaller in dia and length the Estes Mercury Redstone is slightly heavier at 3.7 oz, per Estes estimate, as built mine is 4 oz.
 

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The Camui went up today on a B6-4. Nice flight and surprisingly, no damage at landing.
Sorry, no video cuz my launch controller needs two hands to operate it.
Pre and post launch photos:

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Flew the 1907 (not 1904) today on an A8-3. Nice flight and recovery.
And flew the Camui again on a B6-4. Nice straight flight. Got a launch shot this time.
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Really Nice Shot! One for the ages, I'd say. I love the balance of the clouds and the tree, and the lift-off itself is very dramatic. Kudos!
 

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