NYPower 2016: Sunday / Monday

I was on my own Sunday, Kenny deciding to stay back at the hotel. Having flown all black powder Saturday, I decided to lead off Sunday with some APCP purchased from AMW the day before. The Excel went up on a CTI H152 Blue Streak with the delay drilled to 10 seconds. 8 seconds might…

NYPower 2016: Saturday

Kenny and I spent Memorial Day weekend in Geneseo, NY, for the Monroe Astronautical Rocket Society’s NYPower launch. We arrived at the Geneseo Airport to find the Syracuse Rocket Club’s big tent already set up right across from registration in the middle of the flight line. So our popup stayed in the car and we set…

Building the Estes Xarconian Cruiser (part 17)

Clear coat, shock cord, done! Final weight without chute, wadding, or motor: 5.3 oz. Just a little less than two years after I bought the kit and slightly under one year since I started building it. More to the point, this completes the last of the rockets in the build pile or in progress as of…

Building the Estes Xarconian Cruiser (part 16)

I did a little paint touch up; I also painted black the front surfaces of the little bumps on the nose cone. Then decals. There’s a ton of them, and there’s a school of thought that there’s too many. Me, I’m with Mae West on this one: “Too much of a good thing can be…

Building the Estes Xarconian Cruiser (part 15)

A really quick, photo-less post to let you know neither I nor the XC is dead. I’ve been occupied with other things, but I did a little work on it today. The khaki paint came out considerably less smooth and glossy than the white and blue and black, and there are lots of decals to…

Building the Estes Xarconian Cruiser (part 14)

It got up to 69°F today. Not a record for the date (that’d be 76°F; we might break the record tomorrow though) but a good deal nicer than usual for this time of year. Windy until mid afternoon, but in late afternoon it was fine painting weather. I’d decided to try a liquid mask for…

Building the Estes Xarconian Cruiser (part 13)

Finally today, I put the second color on the Xarconian Cruiser. Again without telling you about it, I’d put the first color on… which should have been white, and the second color tan, but for some reason I failed to consult the instructions and misremembered the paint scheme as tan and black instead of tan…

Building the Estes Xarconian Cruiser (part 12)

Chris Michielssen says the CG of the Xarconian Cruiser, with a C6 motor installed in the stock 18 mm mount, is about 7½” from the rear edge of the tail cone. I put a D12 in my 24 mm mount and found I’d need about half an ounce of nose weight to bring the CG…

Building the Estes Xarconian Cruiser (part 11)

After experimenting on an uncommitted motor hook, I decided to proceed with Operation Hookbender. I used two long nose pliers to more or less straighten out the motor hook, then bend the tip over. This would’ve been a lot easier if I’d had this idea before gluing the tail cone on. I didn’t get it…

Building the Estes Xarconian Cruiser (part 10)

If you’ve been reading these posts with bated breath, waiting in dreadful anticipation of the moment when I screw up royally, you can relax now. I applied fillets where I didn’t earlier: along the outboard pod joints, under the transverse top fin thing, along the intake tubes. Then I epoxied in the motor mount. Oops.…