- Feb 20, 2009
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Well, the time has come. I will be building my Level 3 certification rocket. I will use this thread as a prompt and reminder to document the build process. Similar to my Level 2 build (unfortunately it looks like the rocketeer that hosted my L2 pictures took his site down), I will provide pictures (hosted on a major site like Flickr or Google), brief commentary and answer questions as I go. A couple of ground rules though before I begin:
- I do welcome your commentary and input, but I do want to acknowledge the only real direction I feel obligated to respond to is from my Tripoli Level 3 TAP advisors, Rev. Brad Wilson and Bob Justus, both of which have reviewed the design for the past 30+ days.
- Generally I take criticism well, but keep in mind, there are a million ways to build a rocket, and the path I have chose here is based on my collective experience. Let's all share and have fun--it's a hobby.
- This is a working man's build. What do I mean by that? Not the "blue collar" connotation of working man, but the high time demand, fast paced, multi-tasking, executive. With the demands of my job and my family the posts will come in short bursts, be patient.
- A corollary to #3 is that although I got straight-A's in Engineering and Physics, it has been 20+ years since I used any of it regularly. I still retain enough to be dangerous and play around for entertainment. I don't have the time to back everything up by pages of equations so I won't do so.
- Another corollary to #3 is that this will be an extended thread. Given my time schedule, I expect this build to take 3+ months. Again, be patient, I will try to post consistently and be semi-efficient (I promise not to do a multi-page, open-the-package thread, ala Art Upton).
- Finally, although I have a spacious workshop, I am not a craftsman. And even though, I do plan things out pretty well, I'm sure you will see a bit of trial and error along with a few gotcha's along the way. If you want to see a craftsman's build search "leegscott1" on this same forum.