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post #1 of 29 Old 11-20-2011, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
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Building Model Rockets

Me and my daugter are build a rocket. Here is some of the progress. The first two pics are of our last rocket. Estes rocket kit with C6 motor. The one we are building is copletley scratch built and we are going to fly it on a G motor to start and maybe go up to an I motor if it certifies on a H motor. It has a 29mm motor mount. We are shooting for 1400ft with a G motor and we will be launching an egg in it.


This is at a little under 600ft


We have made some changes to the fins since this first design. We are using Rocksim9 to design and test the design.



Here is my daughter rolling the body tube on 2" PVC pipe(makes tube about 2.5" dia)




Rolling the engine tube


Engine tube finished


Centering rings finished



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Cool...It is great to get kids into hands on projects.
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Reminds me of the time I was the president of the Hurst Jr High Model Rocket Club way back in 1969! We did not fly anything that large but built a few 3 stage rockets that Estes sold. We even had one go high enough to float down wind to Bell Helicopter a few miles away. An official MP from Bell Helicopter returned it to us in a Military vehicle and made the front page news. Those were the days.


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I was also part of the model rocket scene in Jr. High... for me it was back in the late 70's

Excellent activity with your kid, my son and I did the rocketeering thing for a couple summers a while back. We never attempted anything that ambitious, but we had a lot fun.

Good luck with the project.

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Model Rockets are great. Still have mine (the ones that survived). I must have wiped out 4 of the Estes A1 or A2, can't remember. This was back in the 80's. But one of the ones I still have is: Not sure of the model No.. But it about 24 inches tall with 2 inch diameter. Fins were made out of wood. Used an C type engine. I few that one a bunch times. Lost it once, but was able to recover it. Bye far the most successful one in the group that I made. Very basic design but worked great. Still have it along with one that uses D type engine.

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Yeah its lots of fun and we will be going to a local club launch when they start back up for the year. That should be fun. We are going to try to build a couple models to take with us.

We want to take pics or video from the edge of space (where you can see the curve of the earth and the sky is black in the day.) Not sure how this will go but we are just in the planning stage of this right now. I know its been done many times and by amateurs so hopefully its something we can do, but even if we don't suceed it will be a good experience trying. So far what I know is we will need a weather balloon with either hydrogen(flamable) or Helium. We will need a camera then can withstand the temperture, we will need to have insullation such as a foam cooler and insullation, maybe some of those things for keeping animals warm during shipping in a package, a parachute, keep it under 4lbs, Some kind of GPS to track it, and to notify the FAA I think a month in advance but not sure how much advance is needed yet.
Something I don't understand is how to deploy the chute when the ballon bursts. If any of you have any useful links that would be great.

We are also building a rocket out of a fluorescent tube cover. We almost have it finished. We used the big tube for the body and a smaller tube for the engine tube. The engine tube size is 29mm and this one is light wieght. I will probley adapt it down to a 18mm to start out and fly it with a C6 and then move up from there. We used foam board for the fins and the nose is made from paper with a foam core. Also foamboard for the centering rings.
Here is a pic from rocksim9 where we designed it first:


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Here is an update pic on both:


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Nice! rockets were where i started lol, i've done a few from scratch, met with good and bad results lmao, but building them is always fun!

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