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Rocketry goals review for August 2016

Not so much building and painting this month; little action since the launch. Dual deployment: (Again:) Nothing. Will not be doing this in 2016. Enter at least three club contests, putting some effort into improving my knowledge and skills in those three rocketry areas: Flew the B3S2a again for the B Streamer Spot Landing. Won, I think. DQd…

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Building the Lindberg Mars Probe (Part 1)

Change of PMC plan. The September club launch is earlier than usual. Instead of the third Saturday (the 17th) it’ll be the second Sunday (the 11th). That’s in less than two weeks. What are the odds of building and painting the F-100 by then? Slim to none, and “slim” only if I work fast enough…

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Building the LOC Norad (part 3)

This is from a good while ago, but I haven’t gotten around to writing it up until now. Or haven’t worked up the will to write it up given how bad it is, or something. The Norad has through the wall fins. But unlike most such kits I’ve seen, where the fins have rectangular tabs…

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SRC launch: Fire in the hole

Seems I haven’t entirely shaken my launch jinx. Saturday was the Syracuse Rocket Club’s annual Family Picnic Launch, our big launch event. My flights started off well enough with the Bohica’s Dead Ringer on a B6-4. It flew as it always does on that motor, straight up, down under a streamer. Camera problems resulted in…

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Converting the Monogram Thunderbirds F-100 (part 1)

Next month’s launch contest is plastic model conversion, and I haven’t even started on it. Yeah. Earlier this year I bought a Lindberg Mars Probe kit; I can’t find much of anything online about converting it, but I figured how hard could it be? A while ago I finally took a close look and decided…

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Building the (scratch) R13 (part 10)

I have a cheap metal ligature to go with the cheap mouthpiece, but a strict reading of the NAR Model Rocket Safety Code would prohibit using it. I might get away with it but why get into it? Instead I invented the electrical tape ligature for which future generations of clarinetists will thank me. Yes,…

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Building the (scratch) Flat Boy (part 3)

Well… that was a bit of a struggle. My original intention for the white-on-red letters on top was to print a disk to cover the full top surface on label paper and use that. But then I found that I was having a lot of trouble getting a red anywhere close to the paint color…

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Rocketry goals review for July 2016

Quite a lot of building and painting, and some flying too. Dual deployment: (Again:) Nothing so far. It’s looking unlikely for this year, too much else going on. Enter at least three club contests, putting some effort into improving my knowledge and skills in those three rocketry areas: Flew the B3S2a again for the B Streamer Spot Landing.…

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Building the (scratch) R13 (part 9)

Hey, what’s this? My rocket has holes in it!Question is, though: Does it play? Sort of. Badly. But it plays. I neglected to try out the cheapo mouthpiece on a real clarinet before gluing it to the rocket, so I don’t know how much blame to assign to it. I thought the tone holes would…