Nymphail

I overlooked something when I checked the Nymph for damage. Do you see it? The rear stop for the motor pod — it’s gone! I have a theory of what happened. The Nymph has no thrust ring. The idea is you’re supposed to trim the model by adjusting the position of the motor, then friction…

Syracuse Rocket Club Launch: Damage report, Mister Sulu

I’ve had worse launches. I think. But maybe none with as high a casualty count… July 2016 Syracuse Rocket Club launch. I was double booked in the afternoon so I got right down to the flights I felt I had to do, starting with my first entry in the ½A glider duration contest: the Uff Da,…

Building the Landis Nymph (part 5)

The last several pieces were glued on. Here’s a piece of launch lug (sloppily cut, as all my launch lug cuts tend to be) glued under the stab. There’s a piece of scrap balsa clamped to the top of the (inverted) fuselage to line it up. Some wax paper between the two is the reason…

Building the Landis Nymph (part 4)

I was a little puzzled about the stab. Landis’s 1974 Model Rocketry article shows the stab mounted on top of the fuselage boom while von Kiparski’s 2002 redrawn plan has it underneath. I would assume on top was Landis’s actual design even if it weren’t for the photos accompanying the article, which are not the world’s clearest…

Building the Landis Nymph (part 2)

I had a bunch of progress to report on the Nymph — I thought. The other day I got two packages in the mail: a nose cone (and some other stuff) from eRockets and some ⅛” by ⅛” spruce and 1/32″ balsa from Balsa Wood Shop. So I got to work, cutting and shaping and gluing the dihedrals…

Building the Landis Nymph (part 1)

We’re now two weeks away from the July launch, whose contest — ½A Glider Duration — is one of the ones I have focusing on as a goal. And I don’t have a thing to fly. Yeah, I made a flex wing glider last winter. I still haven’t made a booster for it. It’ll be…

Insomniac checkin

Sorry about the radio silence. There’s been stuff happening and stuff not happening and all that. What hasn’t been happening is actual building. I do have fins cut for the flexwing but attempts to talk myself into airfoiling them have been countered with procrastination. I’ve been messing around with figuring out how to handle the…