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Zero Ns in 2018

August 30, 2018 The Rocket N00b 0

Hello, stranger. How’ve you been?For the past few year over on The Rocketry Forum, there has been a thread each year where people can log the Newton-seconds they’ve burned flying rockets that year, called the Newton Tally Thread (here’s this year’s). I…

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Sheer Joy

June 18, 2018 The Rocket N00b 0

Watch this:Joe Barnard is right to have such a reaction to such a successful flight. Amazing, incredible, awesome work.Follow me on Twitter.Like my Facebook page for blog updates and extra stuff.Have a question you’d like to see addressed on this blog?…

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Magical Weight-Reducing Balsa Filler (???)

June 14, 2018 The Rocket N00b 0

I recently wrote about a test of various balsa grain fillers and sealers and the weight they add.The clear winner of that test was the Brodak butyrate dope sanding sealer, which added 0.3 grams of mass to a piece of 3 inch by 3 inch balsa, sealed on bo…

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Sanding Block Pro Tip

June 1, 2018 The Rocket N00b 0

A while back, I showed a way to remove self-adhesive sandpaper from an aluminum sanding block, like the Great Planes Easy-Touch Hand Sander*, seen above.Self-adhesive sandpaper, such as the stuff I buy from Klingspoor, has such a powerful adhesive on i…

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Balsa Grain Fillers and Added Weight

May 29, 2018 The Rocket N00b 0

Most model rockets you build will have fins made of balsa wood. Because balsa is so porous and has such a loose grain, you have to give the wood some kind of treatment if you want smooth fins. You have to fill or cover the wood grain with something.Any…

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Back On The Rocketry Show Podcast

May 13, 2018 The Rocket N00b 0

Tonight, I recorded a nice, casual episode of The Rocketry Show podcast, and it’s nice to be back on. We were hoping to talk to someone about the TARC finals results (the top spot was taken by Creekview High School of Canton, GA), but they’ve been pret…

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Accurate

May 10, 2018 The Rocket N00b 0

I really need to stop buying kits and build something…Follow me on Twitter.Like my Facebook page for blog updates and extra stuff.Have a question you’d like to see addressed on this blog? Email me at iamtherocketn00b@gmail.com.