Callahan’s Express

This rocket was created from the 4-inch Basic Blue kit with the avionics bay from Always Ready Rocketry.  Being a big Tampa Bay Lightning fan, I decided I would finish the rocket in their colors.  My favorite player on the team is Ryan Callahan.  He plays on the checking line and always gives maximum effort on the ice.  So here is the Callahan’s Express rocket.

Rocket and Builder - Callahan's Express

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BOTC84 Rocket Build

Updated: 20 JULY 2018

It is time to start working on my Tripoli Level Three rocket project. It is going to be a large rocket that will be powered by an “M” motor. I plan on launching the rocket at AIRFest in Argonia, Kansas this upcoming Labor Day weekend.  The name of the rocket will be BOTC84.  That represents “Best of the Corps” 1984.  This post will document my BOTC84 rocket build.

Schematic - BOTC84 Rocket Build

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Rocket Motor Design Class – Day Two

Rocket Motor Design Class – Day Two started with a discussion of solid rocket motors.  Interesting fact, one of the first useful American solid rocket motors was made in World War Two.  It was used to assist U.S. Army Air Corps bombers in taking off from small Pacific islands as many of the runways were very short.  The motor was made with ammonium perchlorate as the oxidizer and asphalt as the fuel.

John Wickman Burn Demo - Rocket Motor Design Class - Day Two
John Wickman in all his glory!

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Rocket Motor Design Class – Day One

I signed up for this course a few months ago and it started today.  You can find out all the details at Design & Make Your Own Solid Rocket Motors. I flew into Denver yesterday, rented a car, and drove to Caspar, Wyoming to attend this class.  After dodging a tornado, driving through a hail storm, and siting antelope; I arrived.  So let’s start with the Rocket Motor Design Class – Day One.Fun facts - Rocket Motor Design Class - Day One

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Dual-Deploy Rocket Checklist

Bender Design Excel pre-paint - Dual-Deploy Rocket Checklist
Bender Design Excel Dual-Deploy Rocket

The Tampa Tripoli Prefecture launch is this Saturday (June 16).  Weather permitting, I will be attempting my Tripoli Level Two certification with a Binder Design Excel dual-deploy kit.  Here is my dual-deploy rocket checklist for this weekend’s launch.

This checklist covers items that need to be taken care of before you get to the launch site.  Let’s get started…

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Estes Supernova Two-stage rocket build

I have not built a two-stage rocket since I was a teenager.  I am going to be trying for my NARTREK certifications, and one of the tasks to complete is a multi-stage rocket build and launch.  This article will document an Estes Supernova two-stage rocket build.

Here are the kit parts.Kit parts - Estes Supernova Two-stage Rocket Build

It is a classic Estes rocket kit.  Cardboard body and motor mount tubes; balsa fins; plastic nose cone and parachutes; and rubber shock cord.  Let’s get started!

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MixKwik Spray Paint Can Shaker

One of the things I hate is shaking spray paint cans when I am finishing a rocket.  I am not interested in getting a paint gun and thinning paint, cleaning, etc.  So I end up stuck using spray paint cans.

Many times, the cans have been in storage for a long time and it takes a lot of shaking to get a good paint result.  Enter the MixKwik spray paint can shaker!Basic view - mixkwik spray paint can shaker Continue reading “MixKwik Spray Paint Can Shaker”