Building the NewWay Too Square (part 6)

I gave the nose cone an Elmer’s treatment, then primed and started sanding. Discovered a problem. The sides weren’t as flat as I thought. This side had an especially low spot in the center, but really all the sides were higher on the edges. I did a lot of sanding to get the sides flat (or…

Building the Semroc Blue Bird Zero (part 1)

This is the last of the kits I bought at NARCON last year to be started. I’ve always liked the Blue Bird Zero’s looks and decided, standing there in eRockets, I should have one. I’ve since thought of a couple possible kitbash ideas, so maybe I should have several, but I don’t and I’ll build…

NSL 2018

It’s been announced that next Memorial Day Weekend, instead of their usual NYPower event, the Monroe Astronautical Rocket Society (MARS) will be hosting the NAR’s National Sport Launch in Geneseo, NY at the site of the National Warplane Museum. Well, add that to my list of future events I’ll need to go to Monroe County for! (Also…

Two giveaway rockets

These are two of three rockets I won in yesterday’s raffle… actually they’re two of three I traded with Mark Riffle for the one I won, which he promptly gave to a couple kids who’d been lusting after it. I did the minimal assembly work required — tying the chute and shock cord to the…

SRC launch: Spared by the Angel of Death (part 2)

I wanted to fly the Ventris but when I went to pack it I remembered it had been damaged the last time and I haven’t repaired it yet. So I brought the Scion instead, and flew it on a CTI 108G68 with an 8 second delay. Yet another good launch and deployment right after apogee.…

SRC launch: Spared by the Angel of Death (part 1)

The Syracuse Rocket Club’s annual Family Picnic Launch was no picnic for several major rocket flights, unfortunately. There was a lot of hard work that didn’t pay off, about which I feel bad. Undeservedly, my not so hard work generally produced good results. I’ve flown fewer rockets this year than in the past, but today…

Building the LOC Norad (part 7)

NORAD’s done. I shot it with Dull Coat, put on rail buttons and an Estes retainer (I should’ve left more motor tube sticking out, but I think it’ll be okay; it’s epoxied to both the tube and the centering ring), and rigged the shock cord. I overdid the clear coat on the decals and they…

Building the NewWay Too Square (part 5)

I put the fins on, and the (square) launch lugs, and I discovered the v-notches in my Saranac carton may be good for supporting round rockets, but they’re even better for square ones. Square is relative, though. You can see the body tube isn’t quite square; the sides bow out just a little, and the…

Building the NewWay Too Square (part 4)

I was willing to accept the spiral filling job on the section of the tube with the holes because, holes, but for the forward end of the tube, it wasn’t good enough. So I went to the art department at the universitiy bookstore and look what I found:Six for about $2.50. And look at the…

Building the Semroc Point (part 3)

Here’s the nose cone. The fins are very rough especially at the back, but they won’t be seen and drag is not exactly a prime concern here. The cone itself I treated with Elmer’s white glue and sanded before doing the painting. Gordon Agnello’s an advocate of this technique and having tried using CA to…