The big squeeze

Last summer somehow most of the things I wanted or needed to do didn’t conflict much. This year is being more difficult. So the SoLID collaboration meeting ended up being Thursday and Friday, not Friday and Saturday, so that was good, but I still had to get back before the rest of the weekend’s activities. That…

Building the Hot Rod Habanero (part 3)

Well, this took a lot longer to finish up than expected. I suppose my insisting on a three color paint scheme accounts for part of that. So does having to paint the nose cone three times. (After the first time, I dropped it. After the second, I got spray adhesive on it.) I decided to…

Building the Hot Rod Habanero (part 2)

Not going to be painting today, not with this rain. I hadn’t taken a close look at the nose cone until now. It looks to be made of some kind of cast resin, maybe? The surface is a good smooth paraboloid. But the cone/shoulder edge… eww.I used one weird trick I’ve seen in a few…

Building the Hot Rod Habanero (part 1)

This kit’s been in my build pile since last Fall, ever since the owner of Hot Rod Rocket Shop got out of the kit business and gave away his remaining stock. He called this kit the Habenero but I’m going to go with the more conventional Habanero spelling. (One also sees Habañero, and indeed that…

Two more for the pile

David S. Mackiernan, proprietor of Hot Rod Rocket Shop, has decided to get out of the kit business and to put his rocket plans online for free. To mark the occasion, on TRF and on YORF he offered to give away a dozen of his kits to the first takers, of which I ended up…