Blue Tube is finished just about the same way as fiberglass or paper bodies with one exception. Dave Ebersole at Always Ready Rocketry recommends sealing the tube with a sanding sealer. His recommendation is Cabot Sanding Sealer and I used that for the BOTC84 finishing.
The BOTC84 motor mount and fin can will be of a standard construction with a total of three centering rings. The fins will be attached with the through-the-wall method. Fillets will be made at the motor mount, inside the body tube, and outside the body tube.
The BOTC84 Electronics Bay is a standard bay constructed of Blue Tube coupler that fits inside of the main body tube. The rest of the structure is aircraft grade plywood of various thicknesses. The Tripoli Level 3 certification rules stipulate redundant deployment electronics. I will be using a Altus Metrum TeleMega 3.0 for the primary and a PerfectFlite StratologgerCF as the backup.
The LOC Precision Removable Nose Weight System requires more construction but the end results are worth it. If your rocket is unstable, this system will help you get the center-of-gravity farther forward. In the case of the BOTC84, the system will be used to house tracking electronics as the nosecone will be recovered under a separate parachute. Instructions can be downloaded here. So, let’s get on with the BOTC84 nosecone build.
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.
Updated: 23 August 2018
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.
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!
This post will document my Madcow Rocketry AQM-37A JayHawk rocket build. I purchased this kit from Apogee Components website. I wanted to build a scale model in anticipation of doing my NARTREK certifications.
From the start, you can see this is a premium kit.