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Blast it Tom!

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Ah, would that I had one to support.
And isn’t that sad? I was talking with an older fellow at said hobby shop (possibly the owner), and commented on how hard it must be – he has a tremendous and expensive inventory of everything RC (planes/heli’s/drones, cars/trucks), trains, die-cast; plastic model kits, science kits and good toys/educational stuff for kids – and ROCKETS!!! – Estes, Fliskits and others (I found a Der Red Max kit in the back of a hangar, that was really tempting!), even parts like body tubes, engine mounts, centering rings, nose cones; and plenty of A-E engines from Estes and some Aerotech/Quest. He has a great inventory for the scratch builder of anything, lots of balsa and basswood and hobby ply; brass, steel and aluminum shapes, plast-struct shapes, and so on – tools, too, and plenty of finishing products for modelers, like weathering compounds and the like. You can buy decal paper there, for instance. And then the cost of a retail outparcel and store operation to boot – unlike an e-business, his inventory has to be kept looking nice, and so on. I don’t know what an e-store’s loss rate is, but in retail stuff can grow legs and walk out the door, stuff gets dropped and broken, etc… He has trains set up, a small slot car track, and so on – and now coronavirus restrictions; he was closed for a while, of course, and had to retain his employees, who are also enthusiasts and know how to do repairs, what parts you need, and so on. And then like he says, his suppliers are his competitors! It’s so rare these days to have such a resource where you can browse, put your hands on something and turn it over, etc. I’m not bashing the e-stores, I’ve ordered from them when he doesn’t have stuff, but man, when it comes to “retail therapy” you can’t beat that place. The only reason I’m not broke from going in there is I’m not retired yet and know danged well I don’t have time to pursue all the fun stuff I peruse!
 
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Gee, Pittsburgh is only about a 4 hour drive from my home. Might be worth it.
 

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Well, it's a little closer than that coming from NY - right off I-79 in Cranberry Twp. But yeah, that's a haul! Pittsburgh Space Command guys go there...
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Did some work last night on the Fliskits Espresso clone.
Dry fitted the TTW slotted and tabbed cardboard fins.
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and dry fitted the full stack.
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Just need to assemble the 13mm pop pod and streamer, seal the BT-20 tube with a bulkhead, and glue everything together.
Next: Espresso XL. ;)
 

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Almost finished MR. Little decals that go above the fins will finish the build. Roll pattern decal was challenging. Because of its size, air tends to get trapped under it. I was warned about this in a different thread - thank you. Patient careful bubble removal. Slowly squeegee the water away until the last pass is almost dry. Took about 30 minutes. The mask for the fins turned out satisfactory. There are some nice crisp lines and some less so, also a little overspray. Looks good at nearly any distance.

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Did a bit of painting and glueing up a stuffer tube for a 3” build

wondering why the duplicolor always dries kind of matte/satin never glossy lol
 

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Painted a second red coating on the Smurfs’ rocket fins. Unlike the surface boards, they have 2 sides so they’re not done yet. No pictures yet because I avoid messing with drying paint.
 

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Finishing touches on the Spek, attached the (in my opinion excessively long) kevlar string, streamer, and nose, as well as making an extra long pop lug for using on booster flights. I set the hole so that I can use my first pop lug on single stage flights

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So we went to the LHS to buy balsa and thin CA cause this stuff's hard to order from across the ocean. When I pulled up, there was cardboard paper over the windows and signs saying temporarily closed. Arrgh! Went to the fishing store across the street that has decent prices on rifle primers and they said the LHS is not an essential business. What? Don't they realize there's a war against boredom?

Even though the trade winds are 15mph, went to the park to shoot streamers. The Mayor said yesterday that the parks are reopen for groups of 5 or less. It was open for the past 2weeks for "individual activities" such as walking, running, bicycling, etc. When we got there, a park official said the park is closed until tomorrow. I guess I thought that since the Mayor announced yesterday that it would be open today but guess not.

Anyways, if the LHS is open tomorrow, I'll swing by there then head to the park again to shoot streamers. The trade winds will end on Saturday and Sunday will be 5mph for the following week so time to get out the D engines again.
 

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I made a 3 way parallel clip whip this afternoon to launch my Trivetca 318.
Waitaminit. You've got three Trvectas, and this clip whip is on'y for the 318? You couldn't make the leads 1.1 cm longer?
 

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Finishing touches on the Spek, attached the (in my opinion excessively long) kevlar string, streamer, and nose, as well as making an extra long pop lug for using on booster flights. I set the hole so that I can use my first pop lug on single stage flights

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Have we taken the opportunity yet to give you grief about that ruler? If not, I feel like we should.
 

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Have we taken the opportunity yet to give you grief about that ruler? If not, I feel like we should.
I only wish I could. My ruler looks enough worse (despite not making any durability claims) that I am in no position to throw stones.
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Have we taken the opportunity yet to give you grief about that ruler? If not, I feel like we should.
The janky ruler and red chair are both institutions

I also have a ~5/8 yardstick and ~3/8 yardstick that was rapidly and unintentionally created from a boring 1 yardstick

(I really should get a newer ruler, but I also still have small and large measuring tapes and a digital caliper, so if fine precision or length over 11" isn't required, it still serves)
 

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I see nothing wrong with the red chair. And I guess the dinosaur gets you a pass on the ruler. (Which gets me even deeper in the doghouse, as I have dino to get me mine. You should see my cutting mat, made janky by the same substance abuse as the ruler. Strike that, no, you shouldn't.)
 

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Maybe we should have a new thread where everyone shows off their oldest, cruddiest tool...
 

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