Building the Delta 7 Mercury-Redstone 8 (part 1)

The July launch theme for our club isn’t just Apollo 11 or Saturn V but US Manned [sic] Space Flight, so I decided to put together something that’s been in my build pile for quite some time. Delta 7 Studios, evidently the nom de commerce of one D. H. T. Shippey, has been in business…

Trying to stabilize the Dr Zooch Saturn V

I claimed I would not fly the Saturn V again after its unstable flight in May, but maybe I will, with some modification. I built it pretty much according to the instructions, the biggest change (and potentially quite significant, I guess) being substitution of epoxy putty for funky glue putty in the engines. And perhaps…

Estes Star Orbiter

No build thread here, just the finished product. I won this kit in a club raffle. Probably not one I ever would have bought, but I had no objection to building it once I had it. Other than rail buttons it’s pretty much stock.

Building the ASP V-2 (part 6)

So that took a while. I bought the Semroc 18mm V-2 kit in August 2013. Bought decals for the White Sands No. 3 from Excelsior in September 2013. I started building in January 2014. I did a bad job of it and abandoned the build in July 2014. I learned in February 2016 that Semroc…

NYPower 2019 (Sunday)

I spent today at the NYPower launch in Geneseo. I wanted to limit myself to one day there, and opted not to go Saturday because of weather. A couple of storms went through during that day, and the evening’s night launch was rescheduled for tonight; then around 9 pm or so an especially severe line…

Secret Santa 2018

Today was the Saturday before Thanksgiving, which meant Walt’s HobbyTown’s Secret Santa Sale and Open House, which meant Syracuse Rocket Club on display. Last year I made stands to display model rocket motors, but this year I decided to remake them. On the black powder stand I’d unaccountably left out a hole for a 29…

Syracuse Rocket Club launch: Lean in

The forecast for today was showers and wind. The wind part was right. So was the showers part, eventually. It was maybe warmer than you have a right to expect in Syracuse in mid October, if you were out of the wind, but we weren’t. We didn’t expect a large turnout for the last club…

Building the Dr Zooch Saturn V (part 4)

At a later step, the instructions tell you to fill in the black roll pattern between the two lowest wraps by brush painting. I decided not to do that. Instead I chose to use black vinyl, AKA blackboard contact paper, and it seemed best to do it now before putting the next wrap on. I…