|Time to pick a build for #Rocketober. I have so many Estes rockets|
I'm going with something else. Here's my non-Estes build pile.
I've been posting a ton of photos to Twitter for #Rocketober. Here's what I've done so far today.
|From the selection pile - the Apogee Components Avion.|
I've built 4 of these and have one to paint, so I'll save this one.
|Quest Astra, a leftover kit from rocket camp. Will build another time.|
|The Quest Magnum Sport Loader. I bought after my 1st had some minor flight damage.|
|Definitely out of production - the Red River Rocketry Blue Shift!|
I think I got the last one in the world a couple years ago.
|A limited edition, designed by Crazy Jim of SkyPyrates - the Sky Wolf. This is a National Sport Launch 2015 commemorative rocket. Small but powerful with a 29mm motor mount, it can fly on anything from D to H motors.|
|The FlisKits Tres - a three-motor cluster rocket. I bought this from Jim Flis at|
a launch after chatting with him about airbrushes.
|The Quest SuperBird - a low and slow rocket. I think this one is out of production as well.|
|This is a big one - the Mad Cow Rocketry Aerobee 150A. It's a scale model of a sounding rocket, and has a 38mm mount.|
|I'll also soon finish a scratch-built copy of the Estes Hi Flier XL with a payload section.|
I'm building the original Estes kit at the same time.
|Decided on the Sky Wolf|
|Checking the parts. That's a 12-foot Kevlar shock chord.|
|The Sky Wolf comes with some nice vinyl decals.|
|I'll measure and weigh all the parts to build a simulation in OpenRocket. Here, I'm measuring the nose cone.|
|It's an 8-inch long (spherically-blunted) tangent ogive.|
|The nose cone is hefty, and has some nose weight added to the tip. I had to find the real CG for the simulation.|
|The NC alone weighs 91.4 grams.|
|Careful notes on the sizes, masses and placement of all the parts will help me make an accurate sim.|
|The aft centering ring is glued on. The instructions say to use epoxy, but wood glue will work fine for|
this rocket. It's also less messy and lighter in weight than epoxy, so I don't have to mix anything.
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