Building the Dr Zooch Saturn V (part 1)

(Edited to correct moon landing date, and Dr Zooch status) Not going to be doing any spray painting this week, so I decided to start a new rocket. From sad experience I know my capacity for procrastination is near limitless so if I want to make the July 20, 2019 deadline I figured starting on…

Building the ASP V-2 (part 4)

Man, remember way back when I was working on this? About sixteen months ago? My excuse for stopping was that I’d gotten to the point of doing the pull-out plugs and turbine exhausts. ASP supplies a piece of wood to make them out of, and I lost the piece of wood. So I put the…

Syracuse Rocket Club launch: Grey picnic

I was pretty sure today’s launch was going to be canceled, or postponed to Sunday, or something, but it wasn’t. Despite a good deal of rain yesterday and sprinkles today up to about noon, the launch went on. This is August and the August launch is our family picnic launch, with raffles and a door…

Building the Semroc Blue Bird Zero (part 3)

It was early September last year when I reported I’d finished putting together the Blue Bird Zero, primed it, sanded, and then put it aside due to grumpiness over the tube spirals and a bad launch lug fillet. At the time I’d concluded my earlier optimism that the spirals were narrow and shallow enough that…

Estes Klingon Battle Cruiser

I think I have this right: there were some things donated to our neighboring club, MARS, and they chose to pass them on to the Syracuse Rocket Club, which met last night. “Things” mostly being miscellaneous rocket parts, of which our club has quite a lot.We use parts from our stash to repair or build…

Building the NewWay Too Square (part 10)

It’s done, defined as. I didn’t do a particularly great job of smoothing the old paint and of course there’s my non stellar brush technique, so the finish is pretty sub par, but it’s better than it was and I’m not gonna mess with it. If I really want a nicer Too Square someday I’ll…

Building the NewWay Too Square (part 9)

I’ve spent several months hoping a clever idea would come to me for finishing this rocket, but none has, and I guess it’s clear there’s only one, non clever, way forward. Sand the crazed black paint down, and brush paint. So I’m doing that. A little at a time. I did a first coat on…

Syracuse Rocket Club launch: Spritely

This month there was no excuse not to be out flying. It was warm, maybe even hot, but not oppressively. Winds varied from light to none. Clouds from high to gone. This was the month for our Sprites to fly, and we had, I think, one MMX (Fliskits Tumbleweed), two 18mm (both Semroc Sprites, one…

Building the [scratch] Mega Sprite (part 11)

If I were running a Skin of the Teeth competition with myself, I’d be winning. I sprayed pink paint on the Mega Sprite yesterday afternoon. First thing this morning it was still too tacky to handle. A couple hours later it was still a bit tacky but I felt with care it could be picked…