Syracuse Rocket Club launch: Grey picnic

I was pretty sure today’s launch was going to be canceled, or postponed to Sunday, or something, but it wasn’t. Despite a good deal of rain yesterday and sprinkles today up to about noon, the launch went on. This is August and the August launch is our family picnic launch, with raffles and a door…

Building the Semroc Blue Bird Zero (part 3)

It was early September last year when I reported I’d finished putting together the Blue Bird Zero, primed it, sanded, and then put it aside due to grumpiness over the tube spirals and a bad launch lug fillet. At the time I’d concluded my earlier optimism that the spirals were narrow and shallow enough that…

Building the Semroc Blue Bird Zero (part 2)

I finished putting the Blue Bird Zero together. I’ve forgotten, have I ever used the alternate top piece of the fin alignment tool? The one for narrower tubes? Maybe this was a first. The spirals were pretty tight, so I decided to leave them for the filler primer to deal with, but I did fill the…

Building the Semroc Blue Bird Zero (part 1)

This is the last of the kits I bought at NARCON last year to be started. I’ve always liked the Blue Bird Zero’s looks and decided, standing there in eRockets, I should have one. I’ve since thought of a couple possible kitbash ideas, so maybe I should have several, but I don’t and I’ll build…

Blue Bird Zero motor tube

On YORF, Solomoriah reports a surprise when building a new Semroc Blue Bird One: The engine tube is supposed to be a BT-50J, 2.75″ long, but the one in the kit is much longer. I forgot to measure it, but it’s either a 9″ piece or the 7″ (or so) main tube for an Alpha.…