Building the [scratch] Pumpnik

If you’re looking for trouble, you might find it in a dollar store. I dragged a piece of ST-7 tube out of the stash. Cut off three pieces, punched a hole in each of two and two in the third. I also had a couple of 18 mm balsa blocks about an inch long in…

Two giveaway rockets

These are two of three rockets I won in yesterday’s raffle… actually they’re two of three I traded with Mark Riffle for the one I won, which he promptly gave to a couple kids who’d been lusting after it. I did the minimal assembly work required — tying the chute and shock cord to the…

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…

Welcome California

Buried on this page under “SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced that he has signed the following bills” is this line: AB 467 by Assemblymember Ling-Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar) – Pyrotechnic devices: model rockets. If you’re a CA rocketeer, this is huge. From the Legislative Council’s Digest: This bill would add to…

Building the Art Applewhite Scimitar (part 1)

While glue was drying on the Rose-a-Roc, I decided to throw together a Scimitar. This is a cardstock saucer model available for free from Art Applewhite’s site at http://www.artapplewhite.com/free.html. It wasn’t even on my list of possible builds two days ago, but that’s cardstock for you. I spent just about 30 minutes assembling this. There are three pieces:…

Reuse?

I said the other day I need a better way to attach mid power chutes to shock cords. The snap swivels I have have loops too small to feed thick shrouds through. I’ve tried thin Kevlar to connect the them but it broke; I’ve tried a small split ring and had it come back deformed.…