Tuesday, July 29, 2014

My Ranger at NARAM

My Ranger made it to NARAM in one piece!
This was my entry for voting into the Seattle Museum of Flight Model Rocketry display.
12 models will be picked. I counted 15 entries so I've got a good shot!
The first 13 pictures are the museum entries: CLICK HERE
After that are the NARAM Scale entries.

There was some judging criteria -
The models couldn't be over two feet in length.
They should look like something a museum visitor would want to build.
Good finish, seams and grain filled, minimum 3/16 launch lug,
Original, iconic or concept scale type designs.
Overly complex models are not desired.

I tried the iconic design route, something a visitor to the museum would recognize from his youth. The Ranger was decorated like the old Estes catalog pictures.

ASP Corporal Build, Part 10, Fins and Tunnels

With a fin overhanging the tube end by 5/8", a piece of paper was taped around the tube to line up the front ends of the fins.

Beside the root edge of the fin you can see the sanded white gluing area.

All four fins were glued onto the tube and the alignment paper removed.

The tunnels glue directly above the fins.
New lines were extended down the tube and the primer sanded off.
There is a "gotcha" in the instructions. 
The instruction copy says the front of the smaller tunnels are 4 5/8" from the front of the long tube.
The illustration says the front of the tunnel is 7" from the front of the tube.
Looking at the illustration and face card drawing I glued them 4 5/8" from the top of the tube.

Here's how the model looks now with all the fins and tunnels glued on.
It looks larger than it is. The model is BT-50 based and 19" tall.

Painting should be easy, it's all white.

Monday, July 28, 2014

NARAM Live Manufacturer's Forum Video

From Saturday night, the NARAM Manufacturer's Forum is running -

Audio was hard to follow in some spots. I hope I heard everything correctly.
You just have to sit through the Swiffer Duster ads.

Some Highlights:
00:17:45 ESTES
John Boren talked about two more Sci-Fi models coming out later this year. Next year will see another scale model "bring back".
A large Honest John with a blow molded nose cone was shown. It may or may not end up being a kit.
The E2X Pro Series kits have new shock cord anchors. These new anchors are also being developed for smaller body tubes.
18mm pre-made boosters are also being developed.

Some big news - Quest is bringing most of it's kit production back to the U.S.
Bill Stine said the new versions of the Q2G2 Igniters will be available in October.
They will now be called "Starters". Because of a pending BATF regulation, it is changing how igniters are sold as accessories or separate from engines. Manufacturers cannot sell pyrogen based igniters separately from engines.
Quest is changing out the pyrogen so it doesn't fall into the definition of an "explosive". Estes had already did this with the newer "Starter" igniters.
The newer Quest igniters will have a slightly slower response time.
The Quest composite engines (announced two years back) have run into production problems. The European manufacturer can't keep up with the demand for the engines overseas.
EDIT from TerryG on TRF:
". . . Aerotech is changing the motor retention on their kits from clips to aluminum motor retainers. These will be available for separate order for 29 mm and 24 mm motor mounts."

00:42:40 FSI
David Lucas and Dave Bucher showed some classic FSI kits that are being sold at the NARAM.
Shrox will be involved with new FSI kit designs.
All the FSI scale kits will be brought back into production.
FSI will produce composite engines and would like to bring back black powder engines.

00:54:18 ARA PRESS
The N1 Reference book is now available.

00:59:00 BMS
Bill Saindon will be getting away from kits, concentrating more on parts production.
He might be bringing back more semi-custom parts.
A third nose cone machine is being made for more complex shapes.

Barry Lynch talked about the updated version of their EZ-I65 kit.
Larger LOC Angel parachutes are being developed.

On the same video at 1:14:00:
A promotion for the Australia THUNDA' DOWN UNDER meet to be held March 12 thru 15, 2015.
See: www.thunda.com.au for more details.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Jeff Taylor's Steampunked ACME Spitfire

Jeff Taylor (FatBoy on TRF) "Steampunked" his FlisKit ACME Spitfire.
The finished results are amazing! CLICK HERE

There are hundreds of rivets and plenty of cardstock trim.
I especially like the shingles on the fin root edge and the Zebra wood veneers with barrel hoops on the upper section. The stand-off launch lug is hidden in the pipework on the right side.

Jeff is donating the model to the NARAM 56 Canon auction.
If I were there, I'd bid on it!

Turned 180 degrees shows more detail.
Check out the screen on the lowest section shroud.

The gauges add dimension and more detail.
I thought the model was finished but Jeff added a darker "wash" to make the model look aged.
Truly inspirational work!

ASP Corporal Build, Part 9, Primer and Fin Placement

After the two launch lugs were glued in place, both got Titebond M&TG fillets.

Look close at the upper section.
There is a ring where the dried glue shrunk and pulled in the body tube.
It's subtle and won't show up when the white color coat goes on.

The fin placement lines were penciled on then the primer areas sanded for a better bond. I just had to sand until the white tube showed through.

The fin lines were extended around onto the back edge of the tube.

These fins overhang the rear of the tube by 5/8".
I didn't seal the root and didn't want a rough exposed edge.

One quick fix is to lay a bead of white glue and let it dry.
Sand the glued end bead with 400 grit before gluing the fins on the body tube.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

NARAM 56, Pueblo, CO

Bob Sanford (Initiator 1 on YORF)
Posted this NARAM 56 welcome sign.

Vanna, I'll take an "E" . . .

Edit: NARAM Live is up and running!
For all of us who can't be there - 
Thanks to Chris Taylor for the NARAM Live website.

ASP Corporal Build, Part 8, Engine Mount Gluing

It's hard to see in the picture but there was a small crease on one end of the tube.
If I glue a fin over it, it will strengthen the tube and hide the crease.

When marking the fin lines, I purposely set the tube crease on a fin position line.

This is another thin BT-50 tube. To protect it from crimping a 2" long, 50 sized coupler was cut.
A glue line was set up in the tube at about the middle of the coupler final position.
The coupler was pushed into place using the engine mount.
The engine mount was removed.
More glue was spread in the tube and the mount slid in place.

TIP: It's easier to line up the engine hook when a pencil line is drawn down the body tube, this time in line with the lower launch lug.