Building the NewWay Square In the Air (part 1)

I finished off those giveaway rockets but at last week’s meeting I picked up parts for a couple more. I’m not starting them yet, though; I want to (finally) build something for me. Not good weather for painting the Norad, and there’s a problem with the V-2 I don’t feel like addressing right now, so…

SRC launch: Classics

Here it is July 22 and I still haven’t finished any new rockets, other than the giveaways. So I loaded up some oldies for today’s launch. Other than the wind gusts up to about a quarter of a mile per hour, it was pretty good weather. Overcast, and a few occasional drops fell but no…

Repairing three giveaway rockets (part 6)

All three ready to bring to tomorrow’s launch. The paint job on the blue and white one is a little sketchy but it’ll look fine from the flight line. I did a very quick and dirty swing test and I think a D in the 24 mm motor mount is too heavy; then again, a…

Repairing three giveaway rockets (part 5)

At last week’s club meeting I picked up a new (well, used) BT-5 nose cone.Nice paint job; shame it doesn’t match the rocket. I cut off the shock cord loop and carved out a larger hole.Then I made a loop of Kevlar and shoved it in along with 10 grams of BBs. Which is probably…

Repairing three giveaway rockets (part 4)

Here’s #1 and #2:#1, the Freefall, I think is good to go, unless I decide to run into a dollar store and look for a paratrooper toy to stuff inside. #2, not so much. I did a swing test and it failed utterly. It did swing nose forward with no motor installed, a test I…

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.…

NYPower 2017: Mud on the shoes

This year I went to only one day (today (Saturday)) of NYPower. The stripey Syracuse Rocket Club big tent was up and I commandeered a corner. Again, no new rockets, so everything I brought was veteran. I started off with the Lunar Eclipse Jr. on an E9-6. This one, recall, flew well on its first…