SRC launch: Spared by the Angel of Death (part 1)

The Syracuse Rocket Club’s annual Family Picnic Launch was no picnic for several major rocket flights, unfortunately. There was a lot of hard work that didn’t pay off, about which I feel bad. Undeservedly, my not so hard work generally produced good results. I’ve flown fewer rockets this year than in the past, but today…

Building the LOC Norad (part 7)

NORAD’s done. I shot it with Dull Coat, put on rail buttons and an Estes retainer (I should’ve left more motor tube sticking out, but I think it’ll be okay; it’s epoxied to both the tube and the centering ring), and rigged the shock cord. I overdid the clear coat on the decals and they…

Building the LOC Norad (part 6)

I put the decals on. There were a lot. It went okay. The wraparound ones stretched surprisingly much, given how careful I tried to be not to pull too hard on them, so the carefully measured length failed to match the diameter after all. No one will ever notice. I was thinking about how to…

Building the LOC Norad (part 5)

It’s only been eleven months since I last blogged about this build. I’ve done a little in that time. First primer coat last fall, second coat earlier this year when painting weather came back; then white (I’d been thinking light grey, but then I couldn’t find my light grey paint, so I went with white,…

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…

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…

Building the LOC Norad (part 2)

  A few increments of progress on the Norad. I glued the motor mount into the lower body tube and scraped and sanded the seams on the nose and transition. Looking ahead, I decided on a modification. I have seen literally hundreds of LOC kits flown with LOC style shock cord mounts, many of them…

Building the LOC Norad (part 1)

While glue on the Nymph was drying I decided to get a start on the LOC Norad. The R13 and the Mars Probe are higher priority but they need full attention for a longer period. The Norad I can spend odd moments on. When I bought the Norad last year at a club meeting out…

Bargains

Remember me? Okay, been busy. Also been hit with various life. I’ll deal. Anyway, rocket club meeting tonight, and two vehicles came loaded with rocket stuff seeking new homes. A former club member decided a while ago to get out of the hobby and another member bought up his extra kits, motors, and other stuff…