Hunt the squirrel

I’ll say this about today’s weather: It wasn’t as windy as the September 2014 launch. Wind there was, though, hovering around the 15 MPH mark most of the day. Some rain came in, too: a few minutes of fairly hard rain, and then lingering sprinkles. Nothing bad enough to close the range down, though people…

Repair time

Before proceeding with the Xarconian Cruiser I decided to take care of some repairs. The Retro Rebel is retired, but has a future as a display model. It draws attention. Needed the broken fin reglued, though. The shock cord’s broken, too, but I haven’t bothered with that. The Downscale Patriot just needed a new streamer.…

Building the Glencoe Jupiter C (PMC) (part 7)

I’ve been proving to myself how little knowledge and skill I have regarding painting plastic models. I put on primer and gloss white (Testor’s rattle can enamel), then masked and painted the fins gloss black (Testor’s brush enamel). Actually I did the decals before the fins, for reasons that made sense at the time. There…

Building the Glencoe Jupiter C (PMC) (part 6)

From this Rocksim file linked from M. C. Fischer’s build page the center of pressure should be about a caliber behind the join between the two tank sections, so I loaded up the rocket with parachute and C6 motor and found (by putting Silly Putty on the nose) it’d need about 28 g nose weight to balance…

Building the Glencoe Jupiter C (PMC) (part 5)

Why the heck is there a launch lug taped to the side of this rocket? I’m sure there must have been a reason. Hm, well, why don’t I glue it on and maybe it’ll come to me. And that pretty much is it for assembly, except for nose weight and shock cord. Needs painting, I suppose. I…

Building the Glencoe Jupiter C (PMC) (part 4)

Last night’s club presentation was good, and it gave me confidence that for the most part what I’ve been planning is reasonable. Quality of execution, that’s another matter, but at least I have the general idea. Looks like using the rear hole as a motor centering ring is fine, though I’ll plan on adding an epoxy…

Building the Glencoe Jupiter C (PMC) (part 3)

Not shown here, but I glued the fins together. I omitted the pieces that are too close to the motor, and I immobilized the parts that were designed to pivot. I kind of wanted to leave them free to pivot (though I’d have to be careful to make sure they were aligned for launch) but…

Building the Glencoe Jupiter C (PMC) (part 2)

So when those online writeups refer to warped parts in the Glencoe kit? I guess this is what they mean. The lower tank section is just a little out of round, huh? Yikes. Well, I did my best gluing the halves of the two tank sections and the fin can and the nose cone with…

Building the Glencoe Jupiter C (PMC) (part 1)

All right, I can’t make much further progress on anything else I’ve started until weather and opportunity become conducive to painting, and it’s high time I got started on this plastic model conversion I’m intending to fly at our next launch on the 20th. Given that I have never done a PMC and haven’t even…