Repairing three giveaway rockets (part 4)

Here’s #1 and #2:#1, the Freefall, I think is good to go, unless I decide to run into a dollar store and look for a paratrooper toy to stuff inside. #2, not so much. I did a swing test and it failed utterly. It did swing nose forward with no motor installed, a test I…

Repairing three giveaway rockets (part 3)

For #3, I cut six seemingly identical new fins. On closer examination one finds one of them has the grain running parallel to a different edge than the others. That became the rear part of the new complex fin while one of the remaining five became the front part. Then I started gluing the other…

Repairing three giveaway rockets (part 2)

Maybe not a decent enough start, because tonight I went back downstairs and did some more. I suppose I should have looked up the instructions for the Up Aerospace before building rocket #2. I would have learned stuff, like, there’s a reason the launch lug ring is loose. And the kit came with clay for nose…

Repairing three giveaway rockets (part 1)

I took home three rockets to repair from a club meeting several months ago. Decided it was time to work on them. First one is the body of an Estes Freefall, but with an elliptical nose cone (and no paratrooper). Said nose cone? Not so pristine. Neither was the body tube at the front end.…

NYPower 2017: Mud on the shoes

This year I went to only one day (today (Saturday)) of NYPower. The stripey Syracuse Rocket Club big tent was up and I commandeered a corner. Again, no new rockets, so everything I brought was veteran. I started off with the Lunar Eclipse Jr. on an E9-6. This one, recall, flew well on its first…

Nothing new

Today was the first Syracuse Rocket Club launch for 2017. It was pretty much ideal flying weather, warm but not hot, sunny, and light breeze. The field was not quite so ideal, not having been mowed yet. But who’s complaining. And we had a good turnout. Me having blown off most rocketry work for several…

Building a giveaway rocket (part 3)

It’s only been, what, seven and a half months? I painted the fins to match, more or less, the nose cone; put in a screw to secure the nose cone to the payload section; tied elastic between the Kevlar leader and the payload coupler; tied an Estes chute to the elastic. Ready to give away…

Building the ASP V-2 (part 3)

So… obviously I’ve been taking a break from rocketry, mostly. I’ve been more occupied with other things. Went to a few club meetings, missed a couple. Haven’t launched since November, not in Syracuse weather. And haven’t been building aside from very occasional, very brief sessions of sanding the V-2 fins. Basswood. Much less instant gratification than sanding…