What did you do rocket wise today?

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  1. Jan 19, 2020 #24,151

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    Excellent editing and detail of CATO in progress. 2 thumbs up. But sorry for the loss and damage to body and recovery system.
    I am sure the mess form has been filed.
     
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    I ordered 2 sets of HoJo printed fins for my newly acquired Estes kits.....
    I laid all the balsa fins out, 5 pieces per fin, then researched here on TRF for sanding/shaping techniques....there are MANY awesome ways to do it!!
    But it looks like from the postings, it took about 1 hour-ish for each fin just for the sanding/shaping.....plus the glue up for each fin.....plus the learning curve for working with this shape for the first time.....and then, when you're done, you have fragile balsa fins, so then you "super saturate" with CA...materials cost....
    So..I did the math,...8 fins-8 hours-my pay rate = $360.00
    VS. 2 sets of PETG printed fins with a fiberglass core for $24.00 shipped...from a fellow TRFer.....

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Estes-Hone...487465?hash=item23cf0b6b69:g:GucAAOSwqtRd1c1m

    Hard to ague with that math!!!

    Edit,

    Forgot to mention, I finally bought some wood glue (Titebond II) for the first time in my life for rockets...
    and may try assembling a rocket with no epoxy, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE!!!
     
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  3. Jan 20, 2020 #24,153

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    Yesterday we attended the D.A.R.T. Launch at fiesta island in San Diego with another family, it was their kids first experience with rocketry and it went awesome. And we filmed it.


     
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  4. Jan 20, 2020 #24,154

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    1. Learned how to thin CWF properly (thanks again, Chris M, aka hcmbanjo) and applied to fins of Redstone and Venus Probe.
    2. Sanded said fins to a fine finish... this definitely beats butyrate based sealers!
    3. Masked and painted Mercury capsule (Tower was already detained, hadto mask it)
    4. Worked like nuts on Venus probe leg assemblies, alien and booster, almost ready for paint
    5. Finished motor mount assembly for Redstone.
    6. CA'd the capsule end of the Redstone body tube.
    7. ... This list doesn't seem long enough to reflect ALL DAY in the shop on those two rockets (again).
    8. Came upstairs to try to verify Liberty Bell 7 capsule markings (apparently no flag under "United States").
    9. In the course of the search found someone had a MUCH NICER CAPSULE AND TOWER for this kit on Shapeways!... <sigh> should'a known, and that tower was a right bear to put together...
     
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    To paraphrase As they say on the internet, if no pictures are included, the events did not take place
     
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    Finished my cert 1 attempt rocket
     

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    Indeed it has been submitted. Thanks.

     
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    What editor are you using and on what platform??
     
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    Principle construction of my clone of a Cherokee D is complete...since I don’t have a paint booth, I’ll wait for a warmish day to go prime...top coat it with a gloss white and then try not to gaff the decals

    I have a few waiting for paint
     
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    Movie Maker on Windows 10. It has worked just fin for years and is now deciding that some of my .M2TS files from my video camera are corrupt, when other editors have no problem with them. I purchased Adobe Elements but doing what I do (lots of short clips with captions) is more complicated and frustrating with it than Movie Maker.
     
  11. Jan 21, 2020 #24,161

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    Holy smokes, if I had time to do that I'd be one happy guy! But I see your point...
     
  12. Jan 21, 2020 #24,162

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    Yesterday, sanded the body tube on the Park Flyer Magnum. That tube had a super narrow spiral groove I could barey feel with a finger nail, but it had a spiral ridge where, apparently, strips overlapped on a layer below. As I sanded those, the flassine sanding dust was forced into the grooves; WIN!

    Today, while driving from Hornell, NY to Waltham, MA for work, I stopped at the LHS in Sturbridbe, MA for some Epoxy. It's a really good one, called Hog Heaven. I nearly bought some 1/32" cherry and mahagony to make a woody rocket. But I just got the epoxy and chatted with the owner a while.
     
  13. Jan 21, 2020 #24,163

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    Slowly fitting things together
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    And I think I like the look of clusters
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    Opened the 'Rockets for Repair' box back from when I was a 1x BAR. Damage from bad storage and 5x house moves in 12 years...

    Scale Kits Apex built with a 24mm E length mount. Should be a fairly easy repair, I hope. 'Twas my first 24mm build and I'm a bit attached to it.

    Instructions and scans here:
    https://plans.rocketshoppe.com/scale/scaAPEX/scaAPEX.htm

    Video of her first flight here:
     
  15. Jan 21, 2020 #24,165

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    20200121_103316.jpg Applied wax to finish off a couple of rockets. The fleet is ready for the February launch. There's a two engine cluster in there, a D engine rocket, a few multi-stagers, once of which is an odd-ball. I like variety.
     
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    That motor cluster looks like the one from the Estes Pro Series Patriot.
     
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    Yep, see post 24148 on the last page.

    Its fitting together really well
     
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    I thought so. I know that setup by heart. 20170821_191852_compress91.jpg
     
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    Epoxied the fins to the patriot motor tube. Next up epoxy clay the centering rings and fins for extra ridgidity. 20200121_183259_compress0.jpg
     
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    Very nice, did yours require any nose weight? Initial openrocket estimates would like a couple oz for 4x E12s
     
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    I have a LPR launch tomorrow with a College Rocket Team tomorrow at Noon. We'll be launching with a Standard Estes motor. I've heard & read about the new Estes ignitors so today I "enhanced" mine. Fabri-Tac & BP.
     

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    I have no nose weight in mine. Designed mine to use E9's and up as well but haven't flown it on anything but D12's. I am not sure I trust the E12's. If I do, O guess I may need to add nose weight.
     
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    Estes SR-71

    Decided to build this little project this morning. It’s been in the shelf for many, many years.. I’d say over 18 years.. lol
     

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    Good to know, thanks!

    The E12 is only 1 gram more than the E9, so I doubt the difference will be meaningful. (I just make sure I launch E12s in warm weather)
     
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    Just finished cutting out Wing parts and wing jigs.
     

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  26. Jan 22, 2020 #24,176

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    Started working on this 1:35 Sat 1B. The bulk of it is 3d printed with cardboard tubes for the eight fuel tanks. Ply bulkheads and stringers will provide as much structural integrity as possible while trying to keep weight down. Will use 5 motors (4 for effect) and have yet to simulate to get best flight characteristics i.e. low speed and altitude. A bit of detailing and final assembly to do.

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    Whoa. What’s it weigh?
     
  28. Jan 23, 2020 #24,178

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    My only concern is catos. The E9s were known for it, E12s I hear have that problem too. I would launch it on 4 reloads but my club has a rule against that.
     
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    Just finished the epoxy clay fillets on all the centering rings and fins. My job for today is done. 20200122_202713.jpg
     
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  30. Jan 23, 2020 #24,180

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    Sweet. I have the same kit but haven't worked up the nerve to tackle it. I've never had much luck with vacuform parts.

    In other news....
    Almost finished this Goblin for my GF's son.
    Daniel's Goblin with Decals-Small.jpg
    Just need to spray back fin Black and clear coat everything. That happens tomorrow.
     
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