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Building the Excelsior Honest Goon (part 2)

I haven’t posted in a while, partly because I’ve been distracted by another (non-rocketry) project, but I do have some HG updates.

I glued and filleted the fins and installed the motor mount. 171 more words

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Building the Excelsior Honest Goon (part 1)

So, untapered fins it is; I started on the Excelsior Honest Goon.

What Excelsior sells is the decals and a page of instructions. The “traditional” way to build a goony, and what the instructions tell you, is to bash an Estes Baby Bertha kit. 217 more words

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On the bevel

On most of the rockets I’ve built so far, the leading edges of the fins are rounded. On some the trailing edges are too… maybe even the tips. 334 more words

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Over on Facebook — there, I’ve admitted to using it, though pretty much as little as possible — Richard Marlow’s posted a couple of pictures showing how a… 33 more words

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Building the Estes Big Daddy (part 4)

After gluing that launch lug I remembered reading about someone who’d been having trouble with erratic launches of his Big Daddy until he added a second lug. 266 more words

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Building the Estes Big Daddy (part 3)

I did some more work on the Big Daddy last Saturday, then woke up on Sunday with a nasty cold. I slept a lot the next couple days, finally got back to the work table on Wednesday night. 271 more words

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