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…

Building the ASP V-2 (part 2)

At the rate I’m starting here I’m going to need all those months before May, but start I have. I haven’t argued with the instructions much. I did file a notch in the larger centering ring used to anchor the shock cord leader, to ease clearance for that leader. I’m sure it wasn’t necessary but…

Building the ASP V-2 (part 1)

Back in 2013 I bought a Semroc V-2 kit. This was one of their “X Kits”: a bag of parts intended to replicate as closely as possible a classic kit, in this case the Estes K-22 V-2, with no instructions. Instead they told you how to find the instructions for the original kit online. (I’m…

Building the Excelsior Nike-G (part 4)

Yuck. The decals were pretty fragile. I should’ve put a clear coat on them before applying. The wraps fell apart on me and I pushed them back together as best I could, but the upper one especially got pretty badly messed up.You can see some of my sloppy gluing there too. I used some brush…

Building the Excelsior Nike-G (part 3)

I’m hurrying to finish this rocket. Partly because finishing it this year is one of my goals, and we’re almost at the end of good painting weather for the year. Partly because Apogee Components wants me to finish it by the 30th. I’m even putting the Norad aside in its favor for now. So of…

Building the Excelsior Nike-G (part 1)

The Nike-G was the last of the pre-2016 build pile rockets, dating in fact to 2013 when I bought the decals and plans from Excelsior. I’ve finally started on it. Ready for all the gory build details? Tough. It’s a Baby Bertha with different fins and decals, big whoop. Well, okay, it’s a little different.…

Building a giveaway rocket (part 2)

The fins, as I said, were pretty huge for this rocket. And then there were the fin slots which I could try to fill, or cover… or use… I cut the tips from the roots and cut tabs. Sorry about that, whoever put all the work into gluing those two fins together at an angle.…