Ever have that feeling like you can't figure out a certain problem on a design you've been working on? Kinda like you just aren't getting it, so you just kind of shelve it for a while? Well, I haven't done much on the Whitestar here lately due to this feeling. For sake of comparison, we'll just call it "Rocketeer's Block" instead of Writer's Block.
I've been struggling with how to do the bridge section of the Whitestar. It's the "wishbone" looking shape in the middle;
Sometimes, you just need that little inspiration that puts you over the edge. A visit to the local Dairy Queen this week gave me my answer;
Yep, a plastic spoon. I used a little bit of heat from the candle flame to bend the plastic into the shape I wanted. A little split here, a little bending there, and I've got my bridge piece.
After solving this riddle, the other ideas started flowing. I was worried about the tails being susceptible to breaking, so I laminated them with cut-outs from a manila folder;
After mounting them, I was still worried, as they stick out pretty far with no support;
Well, a couple of scraps of balsa trimmed out and strategically placed, and the tails are set;
Up front, I used a Dremel to grind some grooves into the nose cone and added the main guns;
Here she is, mostly put together;
Close-up of the bridge section;
I still need to put supports underneath the ends of the "wishbone", but I'm getting pretty close to done. Now, the big question is.......
Am I stable?