SBB Nosecone and BT-80 tube, what to build??

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Came across a BT-80 sized nosecone in a random hobby store for $5 so I bought it. From the rounded shape, I'd say it's a SBB nosecone. Ordered a BT-80 tube, which should arrive Thursday. I don't want to make a SBB clone, might as well do something semi-original, but can't think of a decent fin design (except maybe a curved shape) that works with the blunt nosecone shape well.

It's getting a 24mm MM for D and E (and F) motors, and therefore, through the wall fins would probably be a good idea. Any ideas?
FYI: The BT-80 tubes are a pair, and I have a coupler, so I am thinking of having it split at the coupler on the ejection charge (which might allow the upper half to be a payload bay). Anyhow, trying to avoid the SBB shape, but looking around I can't find anything that looks "right".

Any help is appreciated!
 
Looking around on the forum, this was of interest:
https://www.rocketryforum.com/threads/swoopy-cardboard-fin-bt-60-rocket-scratch-build.173822/
If I could build these style fins out of basswood rather than balsa, that might work. I considered the "Fat Boy", as an option but, I already have a Big Daddy, which is essentially the same rocket. The trick will be figuring out how much I need to add to each fin to make them through the wall into the MM tube.

Anybody know the dimensions from a BT-80 to a 24mm tube off the top of their head? I'll likely need to do some careful measuring regardless.
 
Quest Tomahawk upscale? I plan to do a BT-80 version and already have the parts too.
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Oooh, that's not bad, although I might find the tailcone a little tricky to do correctly without adding a lot of weight, but then again, this might be an E12 motor minimum build regardless. Definitely something to consider.
 
You beat me to it! I was just going to suggest the Tomahawk as well. Aside from the Fat Boy, this is my absolute favorite design with the BB 80 nose cone. Here is a two stage version...

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Based on this version:

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Hrrrrmmmm. The fin design is easy, so I'm liking the idea of a Hellfire. Although its a bit stubby, I can see that if I cut the second BT-80 Tube in half, I can still make a (smaller) payload area by having it split right after the upper fins. I have to work out a few sketches and see what works once I get all my pieces in place. Simple paint job too -- OD green with three yellow rings and half the nosecone gets painted white or black.
 
If you go after a scale version... Just WATCH STABILITY, the Hellfire missile, as a rocket, needs some some extra help. I would start with 1) Make the main fins 25% taller. (Away from the body tube.) 2) Make the front fins 20% shorter. (Along the body tube.) 3) "try" to go easy on the glue in the aft end. 4) be prepared to add some weight up front.

Matte finish on everything, but "very high-gloss black" on the Seeker.

(This was my plan at some point, but I haven't built it yet.)
 
Every time I build from scratch, it's never been a "true scale model"... Usually, I use an idea of something I've seen in my head for inspiration and then I build what "feels right". I also noticed the tail fins of the real thing look small. There's a good amount of fin area, but it's along the length and not perpendicular to the body. I've got some pre-cut balsa pieces from a bull pup that might work as the upper fins. But again, sometimes I start a project and then it just turns into something else because that's how the creative process grabs me.
 
Looking around on the forum, this was of interest:
https://www.rocketryforum.com/threads/swoopy-cardboard-fin-bt-60-rocket-scratch-build.173822/
If I could build these style fins out of basswood rather than balsa, that might work. I considered the "Fat Boy", as an option but, I already have a Big Daddy, which is essentially the same rocket. The trick will be figuring out how much I need to add to each fin to make them through the wall into the MM tube.

Anybody know the dimensions from a BT-80 to a 24mm tube off the top of their head? I'll likely need to do some careful measuring regardless.
OpenRocket will do this for you, and generate fin templates.
 
Upscale Quest Harpoon

Upscale Estes Mosquito
 
Never seen the Maxi Streak before. Has anyone tried building that using Tongue Depressors instead of balsa fins?
 
The fins are very thick. I believe they are 3/16" so you would need to stack a lot of tongue depressors together. They are also a bit larger than they look.

A BT80 upscale would put the fins at 11.5 inches in length and probably be 1/4 inch thick. I have one planned for the near future.
 
Ok, this weekend, I started building something with the nosecone and BT-80 tubes. Wasn't planning a build beforehand, just seeing how pieces fit together and then all of a sudden, I start gluing things and it started to take a shape, kind of organically. Here's what I've got so far.....

It's going to take 24mm D, E, F motors, there's a payload bay, I opened up the plastic nosecone to add some clay weight, which I used gorilla glue to hold in place. While that ring-fin *should* be enough fin area to keep it stable, I'm going to add more pieces on the outside of the ring. I'm thinking of cutting up some of those paper drinking straws and adding to the outside of the ring, between each of the 6 balsa fins. And instead of a single launch lug, I'll put 4 around the body tube as well for additional drag/stability.

I'm making this a "low and slow" build. Don't know what it weighs yet, but it's still much lighter than my Big Daddy, so, no problem getting this off the pad.
 

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I think it needs some fins just below the payload bay, that area looks too clean given all the busy going on at the bottom.
 
Latest updates. I think this is about as far as I want to take it. Need to see if this will actually fly and not just flip over.
A quick paint job, a shock cord, a chute and a D12-5 and we'll have to try it out....
 

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Update: The Drag Queen passed the swing test, so I painted her the ugliest neon colors I could get my hands on and she'll fly at September CENJARS.
 
Update: Drag Queen died on Sunday when I had a CATO. An E12-6 blew the nose off and charred the body tube so badly I'm calling it a loss, although I may re-use the nose/payload section on a Super Big Bertha I just ordered. But check out the photo of the CATO, very impressive.
 

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