Repairing three giveaway rockets (part 3)

For #3, I cut six seemingly identical new fins. On closer examination one finds one of them has the grain running parallel to a different edge than the others. That became the rear part of the new complex fin while one of the remaining five became the front part. Then I started gluing the other…

Repairing three giveaway rockets (part 2)

Maybe not a decent enough start, because tonight I went back downstairs and did some more. I suppose I should have looked up the instructions for the Up Aerospace before building rocket #2. I would have learned stuff, like, there’s a reason the launch lug ring is loose. And the kit came with clay for nose…

Repairing three giveaway rockets (part 1)

I took home three rockets to repair from a club meeting several months ago. Decided it was time to work on them. First one is the body of an Estes Freefall, but with an elliptical nose cone (and no paratrooper). Said nose cone? Not so pristine. Neither was the body tube at the front end.…

Repairing giveaway rockets (part 3)

I decided to repaint the Athena but to try to save the self adhesive decals, which were in good shape. Masking them worked pretty well, though the mask on the rear stripe was a little too wide and the mask over the name was not quite cut to the right shape. Still, good enough, I…

Repairing the (scratch) B3S2a (part 3)

After a cato, a redesign and repair, and a successful flight, I’ve painted the B3S2a and am calling it done. That is, I’m moving it from the “not completed but flown” column to the “completed but subject to modification” column. I decided the nose should be a different color, just to make it a little…

Repairing the (scratch) B3S2 (part 2)

From the original motor pod I salvaged the hook. I broke into a Baby Bertha kit to appropriate the centering rings. Other parts I got out of my stash. Not sure what I was thinking when I made the original shock cord all Kevlar. I changed it over to a Kevlar leader and elastic. That’s…

Repairing giveaway rockets (part 2)

Back to fixing up giveaway rockets. On the Monarch, I’d hoped not to have to do anything about the upper body tube but that was wishful thinking. I twisted it a bit too hard trying to see if the nose cone was glued in (it was) and it collapsed. So I cut the tube loose and replaced…

Repairing the (scratch) B3S2 (part 1)

So, what was supposed to be the first of lots of flights for the B3S2 Saturday ended up being its last — in that form. As mentioned, the motor cato damaged the motor pod, the bulkhead, and the nose weight container. I decided to work on the latter first. I’d just bought two Baby Bertha…