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High quality eye bolt in the top of the motor!!! Easy to inspect, install and change the shock cord. Interesting idea, Using shorter motors;)
Yeah, I am not too fond of an entire new bulkhead, but I am also not a fan of just having it attached to the top of the motor. The rotation might loosen the bolt, I could put a swivel on it but it could jam. I think I will just wrap some 1/2" tubular kevlar around the motor mount and epoxy it to create a Y harness, and hook that into the motor as a backup. I am feeling very indecisive about this attachment for some reason. This is by far the heaviest rocket I will have built, the previous was a Mac Performance VTS-6 which came in at 13.5 pounds, so I am second guessing. The 4" Frenzy I built will be about the same weight and I didn't feel the same way about it.
 

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On the 'eyebolt in the top of the motor' front, it can be done successfully. I used loctite, a lock washer, and a swivel for my L3, and it worked great, though I will caution that once you go that route, that forward closure is basically permanently attached to the eyebolt.
 

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Just a FWIW: my original Wildman was built in 2004, has 112flights on it. 2 Catoes and the Y-harness is still intact. That's 15 years of very abusive flying.

My L-3 rocket 6in diameter also has Y-harness glued to MM tube weighs 52-68lbs with big M-N's in it. no issues. 1in flat Kevlar

my 4in uses 3/8 tubular K. You have L-3 jitters and are way overthinking this.
 

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Just a FWIW: my original Wildman was built in 2004, has 112flights on it. 2 Catoes and the Y-harness is still intact. That's 15 years of very abusive flying.

My L-3 rocket 6in diameter also has Y-harness glued to MM tube weighs 52-68lbs with big M-N's in it. no issues. 1in flat Kevlar

my 4in uses 3/8 tubular K. You have L-3 jitters and are way overthinking this.
Your right, these L3 jitters are getting to me man!
 

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Okay, I went for 2 clove hitches on either end of my 1" kevlar strap and then epoxied that to me the motor mount. I can attach a quick link to the loop it creates.
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This is not coming off any time soon. I will still attach an eyebolt to the motor bulkhead and have a backup that way as it only takes the cost of the eyebolt to do so.
 

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Well okay then. I would have thought PVC to be too brittle.
Wall thickness of PVC pipe is also a big factor . . . Compare SCH 20, SCH 40, & SCH 80. ( Thicker as the number increases )

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Your right, these L3 jitters are getting to me man!
Take a couple of days off from the project, "Cold Turkey" . . . Don't think about it, or even look at it . . . Give yourself some time to "decompress" !

Dave F.
 

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Um, I, uh, hope it's just the angle in the picture. From where I'm sitting it looks like the strap-over-strap buildup just under the notch in the ring in the second picture sticks out proud of the ring's OD. Which would be a problem.
 

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Um, I, uh, hope it's just the angle in the picture. From where I'm sitting it looks like the strap-over-strap buildup just under the notch in the ring in the second picture sticks out proud of the ring's OD. Which would be a problem.
He's got enough stress as i tis...Let Him build and figure it out...
 

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Take a couple of days off from the project, "Cold Turkey" . . . Don't think about it, or even look at it . . . Give yourself some time to "decompress" !

Dave F.
Trust me . . . Take the time off !

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Um, I, uh, hope it's just the angle in the picture. From where I'm sitting it looks like the strap-over-strap buildup just under the notch in the ring in the second picture sticks out proud of the ring's OD. Which would be a problem.
Just the angle. It definitely fits, I have tested it.
 

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Nice job proofing. I am attempting my Level III at Midwest Power November 15, 2019. I always welcome an extra set of eyes proof my "Stuff."o_O
 

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On the 'eyebolt in the top of the motor' front, it can be done successfully. I used loctite, a lock washer, and a swivel for my L3, and it worked great, though I will caution that once you go that route, that forward closure is basically permanently attached to the eyebolt.
How does it make it permanent? I just loosen the jam nut and back the eye bolt from the bulkhead. I suppose if you used some form of permanent thread locker or JB weld it would be hard to remove.
 

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How does it make it permanent? I just loosen the jam nut and back the eye bolt from the bulkhead. I suppose if you used some form of permanent thread locker or JB weld it would be hard to remove.
He probably used RED Loctite . . .
 

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How does it make it permanent? I just loosen the jam nut and back the eye bolt from the bulkhead. I suppose if you used some form of permanent thread locker or JB weld it would be hard to remove.
Combination of two things - I did use red loctite, plus I messed up and didn't put a washer between the lock washer and the forward closure, so the lock washer is digging into the aluminum of the closure.
 

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I fly with an eyebolt in my forward closure all the time. I use a jam nut to lock the eyebolt in place. I’ve never used loctite or a lock washer but I have nothing against either.
I do know of a guy who lost a rocket when his eyebolt unscrewed from the forward closure. I don’t know if he used a jam nut.
 

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So, 3 months until launch, and I have tons of time, so an update on this build is due.

I had to put this project on hold because of college, but I am back at home and can work on the rocket.

I got the rail button mounts installed with some plywood and weld nuts epoxied to the wall of the tube:
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Fins are all tacked on and drilled for injecting fillets:
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I check all the fins and they are within my standard tolerance of +-1/2 degree perpendicular to the tube.

The next steps are as follows:
Inject fillets
exterior fillets
Foam the fin can and attach the aft centering ring.

I want to see how much it weighs after foaming. It will probably be heavy enough to be slowed down enough to handle the thrust these motors throw at it. I am planning on launching on a M3464 , or M3000 after I cert on the M2550. At maximum I am expecting mach 1.9 from this rocket more likely 1.7, which the fiberglass alone can handle easily. The cert flight is only expecting mach 1.45, again a very easy to withstand velocity for the fiberglass. I have talked to other rocketeers who have gone this velocity with this size of fiberglass rocket.
 

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Just a small thought. Your pic shows your rail button mounting screw sticking out from the blind nut on the inside of the tube. Also your shock cord is very close. Do not want it to snag the screw. I size mine so that they will not protrude. Good luck on your flight. Mine was going to be April 25th but looks as if it will be later this summer now.
 

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Just a small thought. Your pic shows your rail button mounting screw sticking out from the blind nut on the inside of the tube. Also your shock cord is very close. Do not want it to snag the screw. I size mine so that they will not protrude. Good luck on your flight. Mine was going to be April 25th but looks as if it will be later this summer now.
Awe, that sucks. I am planning for the first weekend of June launch here, if it isn't canceled as well.
 

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Awe, that sucks. I am planning for the first weekend of June launch here, if it isn't canceled as well.
You only have a 50/50 chance of June . . . I predict this Coronavirus situation may linger on, through the Summer.

Dave F.
 

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You only have a 50/50 chance of June . . . I predict this Coronavirus situation may linger on, through the Summer.

Dave F.
That is possible, and good to be prepared for that eventuality. No reason not to build the rocket though :)
 

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That is possible, and good to be prepared for that eventuality. No reason not to build the rocket though :)
Did I say, in any way, that the rocket should not be built ?

The answer is "no".

Dave F.
 

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Big Update to do here. The rocket is pretty much finished as I write this, I just have to test the ejection charges and it is ready to fly. I am aiming for the launch at NCR on June 5th-6th, weather permitting.
So, here is the update.

First, injected fillets with Rocketpoxy:
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After this was done the fillets were next.
The fiberglass was cleaned, sanded, then cleaned again then the masking was done.
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Freshly made fillets that are not cured:
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Rinse and repeat for all sides.
All fillets done. I did the fillets on the sub fins with my finder because they do not need big fillets.
Some gap filling on the end of the sub fins with Rocketpoxy:
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I used an orbital sander to help with the bulk of the work, all outside. Fiberglass dust is pernicious and you do not want it inside. Then I sanded it by hand to get it smoothed down the rest of the way.
Fillets all sanded:

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I do not have pictures of this, but I did fill the area around the motor tube with 2 part expanding foam, and while that was still expanding slid on the rear centering ring and held it in place while it was curing. Once that was cured I made a small Rocketpoxy fillet on the outer diameter of the rear centering ring. Then to finish up the back end I used JB weld on to attach the motor retainer. I found here I made a small error in the design of the rocket. I hadn't left enough of the motor tube out back for the retainer to fully seat on, it still has a good 1/2" out of the 3/4" on the retainer though. I am not worried about it because I will have the motor attached with an eyebolt and swivel to the shock cord, and the 1/2" on there is probably plenty strong for motor retention anyway.
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I moved up the the Av-Bay now. I used LumaDyne 4-40 hardware to hold the payload section to the Av-Bay. I love using this hardware because it works very well. I never like the idea of holding a rocket together with plastic rivets, so this hardware makes it very easy to use steel screws instead. The metal on the hardware is treated to make epoxy stick to it.

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Bulkplates with charge cups:
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I moved on the priming and painting from here, putting off the electronics until later.
This photo is after 2 coats of primer using Finish 1 FP410 primer with FH411 hardener. I am spraying with an Iwata RG3-L. I like to used this primer because it does not re-activate with solvent use and it is a high build primer, so it fills flaws nicely. After each coat it gets wet sanded with 400 grit sandpaper. After the first coat revealed some imperfections in the fillets, I used some CA glue to fill them, then sanded it down. The second coat I went heavy on the fillet area and that allowed me to smooth out the fillets nicely.

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They aren't absolutely perfect, but they are pretty dang close, and after the rest of the paint is on it you can't really see them anyway.
Ready for painting the first color.
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I am using Dimension Overall Refinish products for painting. I used the DH 656 hardener and DR733 reducer.
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This is let to cure for 24 hours to be safe, then I mask them both off.
Unfortunately I did not get a picture of the payload section masked before painting the second color.
I was painting the other rocket in the background the same color which is why it is there.
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I learned an important lesson with this paint here. When I pulled this masking tape off, the edges were ragged and the new paint pulled up. There was large section where it pulled up so I decided to fix it. I waited about 12 hours, then re-masked it all. I sanded the ragged edges and removed the ridges from the paint pulling up. Then I resprayed the blue, and pulled the tape off while the paint was wet right after spraying. This fixed the edges.

Another 24 hours later I got the decals on the rocket and then clear coated it with FC720 and FH612. I did all this so close together because once you get the first coat of paint on you have about 7 days for re-coating. After that you need to sand the surface for the paint to stick.

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Next I put together the Av-bay sled.

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