Surfacing — Doctroidal dissertations

Sunday would have been a good day to continue working on my LOC Precision NORAD. But it was an even better day to take care of some overdue tasks, like lawn mowing, and doing this:You see that? You know what it is? It’s (part of) my workbench. The surface of my workbench. A surface which…

Small Sounding Rockets

Richard Morrow writes; Please let your scale model and history buffs know that Small Sounding Rockets c2000 is now back in print. The companion CD has many color photos and enlargeable drawings of the vehicles in the book. New to the Small Sounding Rockets companion CD is an exhaustive library of blueprints of the Cooper Development Corporation…

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.…

Building a giveaway rocket (part 1)

At the last club meeting we were given opaque plastic bags each containing parts for a rocket. Not actual kits, but parts, mostly salvaged from kits. Our job is to put something together with those parts, to replenish our giveaway stock. (You know those eight giveaways I finished up last month? Gone.) Here’s what was…

Building the LOC Norad (part 4)

The instructions tell you to fill the exposed slots with ‘1/8″ x 1/8″ fin/slot filler’; whatever that is, it wasn’t present in my opened kit. I’m guessing it was just 1/8″ x 1/8″ spruce or basswood. I had some basswood, and I used that. It was a snug fit in the slots. I held it in…

Rocketry goals review for August 2016

Not so much building and painting this month; little action since the launch. Dual deployment: (Again:) Nothing. Will not be doing this in 2016. Enter at least three club contests, putting some effort into improving my knowledge and skills in those three rocketry areas: Flew the B3S2a again for the B Streamer Spot Landing. Won, I think. DQd…

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…

Building the LOC Norad (part 3)

This is from a good while ago, but I haven’t gotten around to writing it up until now. Or haven’t worked up the will to write it up given how bad it is, or something. The Norad has through the wall fins. But unlike most such kits I’ve seen, where the fins have rectangular tabs…