Finishing the airframe 

After getting the Telemetrum electronics sorted out a few weeks ago, I decided to start again on the airframe of my Level 3 rocket – HART Beat.  So for the last 3 days, I have been sanding and painting finishing resin on to the main body tube. It still needs another few coats but looks […]

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Fibreglassing Part 2

After having lot of problems with the weather. I found a way to continue the glassing inside.  The cloth is already on the tube with spray mount. So now I am painting on the  resin.   As I could not do it outside, I have found my HPR launch pad makes a great tube table. It’s […]

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New Eye Bolts

After a few comments about my eye bolts and the possibility of them giving way or straightening under strain. I decided to change them to proper forged eye bolts.   Hopefully these will be a lot stronger.  Now just waiting for some dry weather so I can continue with the fibreglassing. 

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Starting the Fibreglassing !

Today I finally decided to try my first fibre glassing of a High Power Model Rocket. I brought some spray mount and masking tape and decided to first glass the top payload tube, as I originally brought 3 tubes, but now will probably only use 2. I decided that it would be wise to try and glass the easier top payload […]

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Some quick sanding

This afternoon I got the rocket into the back garden, and did some light sanding on the fins and fillets to remove any rough edges and get the surface ready for glassing. The little Black and Decker Mouse sander did a great job of removing the rough edges. Glad I did the sanding outside, as the […]

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Main body tube fitting

Yesterday I fixed the main body tube over the motor mount tube and fins and did some external fin fillets.    I used Araldite for the gluing the main tube on and for the fillets as its more easy to apply and mould. Then I used a few small clamps to hold the tube tightly […]

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Monster internal fillets. 

Today I started the internal fillets to secure the fins to the motor mount tubes and centering rings.  I have planned to make this rocket heavy and very strong as I hope to keep it below 5,000 feet when flown on its “M” motor and to survive any hard knocks on landing etc.  The internal […]

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