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Joekeyo

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Having fun playing with the Semroc Orbital Transport jigs. Glued BT halves together, glued LL on. I really like the jigs. It's bound to make construction better and easier than it was 40+ years ago. Wing balsa had a gouge, but I think I can fix it with CWF.
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Not much. But I did have some modest nostalgic kicks after knocking loose 1/8" and 3/16" brazing rods that were used as launch rods from my first time around in this hobby in the middle '70s. The 3/16" one has a tip dipped in Persian Orange as an attempted safety measure. Of course, I picked this up from down at Grandpa's....
 

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My buddy asked if I could take on a project for him. Jumped on that ASAP! He had a 16’ Church Pew and wanted it cut down to fit 2 big guys.. lol aka Bench for Dude Room...
So here are pics as it came to me during the redesign and pics as I’m sending it back to him!
This has been a fun project not rocket related.. Now it’s time to finish a Rocket as I’m jonesing to Launch!!!
It's his? He's going to sit in it?

He sit in own pew.
 

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Cleaned and checked some rockets from my last launch.

Fixed up a never launched experiment from some years back. If the wind isn't to strong after work I'll give it a try tomorrow.
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Just seeing the picture makes me smile.

Might I suggest a three bladed prop?

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If this experiment goes well I will be upscaling it. And yes, there will be three blade versions. I already have a much smaller three blade prop that's slated to het MMX motors.
 

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Read the section on "Payloads" in Stine's "Handbook of Model Rocketry, 7th edition." It begins with a statement hopefully obvious to most: "In model rocketry, we don't work with explosive warheads." How many beginners have read up to the 15th chapter of this book only to have their explosive warhead dreams dashed? 😆

It does mention that the first movie camera was launched on a model rocket in 1962 using a small 8mm Bosley B-8. Not only that, it claims that the flyers still possess the footage, though I'm not sure how long ago that particular line in the book was written. I haven't been able to locate that footage anywhere yet. Does anyone know if it's available? I did find plenty of older Cineroc footage on YouTube from the 1970s, but not this first flight 1962 footage.

On biological payloads, the book just says "don't do it!" and even says that the NAR forbids it to the point of suspending membership. I also found some old Cineroc footage featuring footage of insects in rocket payloads in flight. I don't know if the NAR's guidelines extend to insects, but Estes's recent catalogs advertise the Loadstar II's clear payload for "insectronauts." It says "you can blast bugs up to 1000 ft. in the air!" Would a NAR launch allow that?

The book overall is very high-level, pretty dated in areas (the payload chapter even mentions a system that uses a VCR) and obviously meant as a 10,000 foot introduction. The exception (so far) is the chapter on gliders, which gets fairly detailed and technical. Overall, it's still a worthwhile read with information that I haven't found anywhere else, including a lot of interesting history of the hobby.
 

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I got a bottle of “Aleene’s Felt & Foam Tacky Glue” to try on Fliskits Decafeinator (a 6-foot string of styrofoam cups).

Don’t mind the pink and turquoise, I’m rather blind to marketing gimmicks and if I get good chemistry at a good price, I’ll take it.

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Would a NAR launch allow that?
Vertebrate animals are not allowed currently. Although our NAR sponsor was showing a video of days long gone by where a school team put a mouse in their payload and recovered him.

Insects and arthropods are still fair game I believe.

And Ive seen college teams put larva and reptile eggs up in high altitude payloads
 

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I got to launch today! Some HARA members went to a field near our usual low power flight area and put some in the sky.

I flew my Double ringer on a C12 (one glider glides, the other drops, reduces the walk), Quest Tomahawk on a Quest B6, and my Astron Explorer on a D15.

I also started logging my flights from the year and catxhing up my woefully behind facebook rocketry album

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Finally extracted my 98mm 6GXL case from the 8.25" Nike booster that suffered a core sample last year, nearly 18 months ago. Inertia from the impact caused the rear thrust ring to be ripped off under tension. Cut one end off that was still ok, cleaned it up and mounted it to a chair base. Makes for a great stand for large rockets. The repaired 1/2 scale Smoke will sit on it.
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Against every grain in my body, I ordered some rail guides for the Mach 1 min-diameter AI38 I'm working on. Everytime any of you see me, please tell me "it's ok, it's just a sport rocket...rail guides are ok."

I also picked up paint for it.
 

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Working on Orbital Transport balsa. Laser cut lines on sheet stock were masked with blue tape in an earlier installment. In this picture, the primed board is in the background, the board with the tape removed is in the center and the sanded board is in the foreground
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Yesterday actually.

Primed the Estes Panavia clone and the Estes Astron Sprint XL nosecone.

Glued the Semroc L’il Ivan fins on the fuselage, case-hardened the turned balsa nose cone with CA. The fins are the most beautiful C-grain balsa I‘ve ever seen. Look like there were match cut from the same sheet/block.

Attached the Astron Sprint launch lugs and filleted them in place. Looks like the fuselage assembly is ready for primer. I’m priming and painting the boat tail separately.

Ordered two more boost glider kits, this time from Josh Finn.

Printed out the plans to free boost glider by Estes called a Sky Slash II.

Emailed Scott Binder about the 4” Thor kit that is currently on sale. The description says the fins are 1/8” ply. Seems light for such a big bird...maybe it’s a typo. Haven’t heard back from SBR yet.

Dry fit the LOC Precision Blaster and fussed around with the motor tube, centering rings, and Estes 24mm motor retainer. I keep forgetting there are composite motors in 24mm as I don’t have any to play with....used them all up on my E-Pod.
 

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Finally got some time to get out an fly again although conditions were not the best. Got about 10 flights in the books before I wrapped it up as it was just too windy.

The Red and Silver pic is a home design. Something reminiscent of Alien Space Probe meets Asteroid Explorer. Flew well on a B6-4 but really could have used a C6-5 but I wanted to keep things low due to winds.

The second is an old Custom Rockets Oasis. Picked it up as part of a collection a couple years back and wanted to fly it before complete restoration. It's designed as a 24mm rocket but I flew it on a B6-4. Perfect flight and perfect recovery if a bit of a long walk.

Flew a few other models as well but didn't get pics. There's always next time.
 

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Finally got some time to get out an fly again although conditions were not the best. Got about 10 flights in the books before I wrapped it up as it was just too windy.

The Red and Silver pic is a home design. Something reminiscent of Alien Space Probe meets Asteroid Explorer. Flew well on a B6-4 but really could have used a C6-5 but I wanted to keep things low due to winds.

The second is an old Custom Rockets Oasis. Picked it up as part of a collection a couple years back and wanted to fly it before complete restoration. It's designed as a 24mm rocket but I flew it on a B6-4. Perfect flight and perfect recovery if a bit of a long walk.

Flew a few other models as well but didn't get pics. There's always next time.
I’d caution you about the sharpness of the legs on those sawhorses but I’m guessing you’ve already discovered that.
 

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Mrs asked what I wanted for the upcoming Bday. I told her three things, two combined were under $250. The third was about $4k.
She told me to order the lessor ones...
Placed order for PML Pterodactyl Jr, and a Tiny Ptero.
The Tiny Ptero is still available?

YEOW!!
 

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Well it is still showing on the website, plus Allison didn‘t tell me it was no longer available when I added the second nose cone.
Have seen that listing for years but assumed it was merely for historical purposes and/or replacement parts only.

oh, dang...
 

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Airframe fasteners on the Spacemonkey V-2.

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Taped the Styrene to the cutting mat, scalpel at 1mm mark, thumb over scalpel to prevent the little sods leaping to the floor.
Stab. Place. Glue. Repeat.

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Sounds much harder than it is. The end result is pretty good.

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After that, the launch lugs. In the home stretch.

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Okay, it's not @James Duffy quality work, but I'm pleased with it!

If you ever wanted a big V-2, go and buy this kit and the Apogee conversion. I didn't use it, but I can see where it would have saved me time and frustration (with my own skills).
 
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