Mars Lander - Scratch Built - 3" Nominal Diameter

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Launch Lug and Spool Modification

Notched the spool rear centering for the Kevlar shock chord. This will allow routing the Kevlar from the external lugs down into the spool.​
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Foot Pads

A new pair of shoes..... I cut these on the wood lathe and then drilled (3) 3/8" dia. Forstener bit holes in each pad for the legs / struts.​

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And that last couple of days of snowfall really filled up Mt. Princeton. That likely means some quality launch time ahead.

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Gonna be a busy day!

Do you preload your birds (wadding when needed, chutes, motors sans igniters) at home before heading to launch site?
Motors, yes. Chutes, maybe. I reuse a lot of the chutes, they're all in disconnect swivels.​
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Hadn't thought about the foot pads, I'm guessing the help out the CP a good bit. Also suspect the cost a bit of altiitude, but it's a SPORT ROCKET.
That bright wood finish could almost justify a steampunk treatment, though I'm not actually into steampunk. Will look good either way. On the next one, I suppose it would be destructive to use wood from a bonsai that's at the same scale as your model. Just to get the grain on the right scale. ;-)
High Temperature Paint

Shot some Rustoleum High Temperature Paint on the tube extension and centering ring that will get the brunt of the ejection charge.​