Yes, we have no MLAS

I forgot to mention why the MLAS didn’t fly, again, on Saturday. I went to prep it ahead of time. I couldn’t get the nose cone off. Stuck. Wouldn’t budge. I’m hoping it’s the humidity and it’ll loosen up when it’s dryer. Taking it upstairs from the basement might help. At this point, though, I’m starting to…

Building the Quest MLAS (part 6)

The MLAS comes with a ton of decals. I put them on in four sessions. While waiting for them to set I also prepped the chutes. Normally I just toss the plastic chutes that come with kits into my stash drawer, preferring to use Nylon chutes (generally Top Flights) on snap swivels which I swap…

Building the Quest MLAS (part 5)

Pretty good painting weather today and I got more done than I’d anticipated. Most of the painting on the MLAS I’ve already done. Sorry about not keeping you up to date: I did apply thinned wood filler to the nose cone, sanded, repeated a few times, and sprayed Testors primer and gloss white, since early…

Building the Quest MLAS (part 4)

It’s a little too humid for my liking for paint this week, so I’m devoting rocket time to assembly. Having at last done the paint + foam test on the MLAS nose cone, I no longer need access to the bottom of the nose cone, so I finally could proceed with gluing on the shoulder. Here’s…

Let us spray

Oh, excellent… not only was today a holiday but it was about perfect painting weather. I shot gloss white Rusto 2X on the D Region Tomahawk (and I think it worked fine, I’ll let you know if it passes the touch test), gloss winter grey on the Sea Sting, and filler primer on the Honest Goon,…

Building the Quest MLAS (part 3)

So I filled the fins, in place, using thinned Elmer’s Carpenter’s Wood Filler, and yeah, I didn’t like it. But why not? I do usually do the CWF and sanding before gluing the fins on, but then I do the filler primer and sanding after. So what’s wrong with doing both after? Maybe the real…

Building the Quest MLAS (part 2)

Now, where was I? As far as the blog is concerned, I guess all I’d done was to fix up the badly cut end on the body tube. As far as the blog’s text is concerned, I mean. The  photos tell a different story. This one for instance. Remember it from almost a month ago? So…

Building the Quest MLAS (part 1)

I have, let me see, six rockets in progress — Saber, Yankee, Photon Disruptor, Habanero, Sea Sting, and Jupiter C — and they’re all at the point where they need spray paint, and it was raining and windy Saturday. (The Saber’s been waiting for the next coat of primer for months, but I have reasons…

One more for the build pile

At tonight’s Syracuse Rocket Club meeting I was given a Custom Rocket Company Razor as my prize for the October launch contest. Not unexpected nor unwelcome, though… you know… it means the build pile’s gotten larger, and the wish list hasn’t gotten smaller. I’m a little embarrassed about the size of my build pile, not…