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Signal Alpha Is Here

Joe Barnard’s first run of Signal Avionics – Signal Alpha – is now available for order, through Monday, October 23 only!Click here if you want to order one: bps.space/signal-alpha/Follow me on Twitter.Like my Facebook page for blog updates and extra st… […]

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Those Crazy Rockets – They’re Everywhere

Posted online by a DJ friend of mine from my radio days, a quirky, rocket-themed album cover of cheesy organ hits.I’m pretty sure that’s a Nike Ajax missile in the photo.Follow me on Twitter.Like my Facebook page for blog updates and extra stuff.Have a… […]

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Signal Alpha

Hello, again. It’s your old pal, the Rocket N00b.I haven’t written in a while, I know. And, really, this post isn’t exactly n00b stuff – it’s pretty advanced model rocketry, in fact.But tonight, I got an email from my friend, Joe Barnard.More specifica… […]

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Indoor Spray Paint Booth – Success!

I’ve been too busy lately to write much on this blog, but I have completed the positive pressure spray paint booth video series. Here’s the final video.I’ve gotten good results finishing several rockets with this booth, all of which I spray painted ins… […]

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Modifications to the Indoor Spray Paint Booth

If you saw Part 2, you know that the first version of the indoor, positive pressure spray paint booth was not so great.But here are the modifications I made.Not to give spoilers on how the booth turns out, but I just finished another rocket – which I t… […]

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Testing the Indoor Spray Painting Booth

Once I got my indoor, positive-pressure spray paint booth built, it was time to test it out. I started with the white undercoat on the Quest Superbird.The Superbird is built, and looks great. I am behind on the editing and posting of the video build se… […]

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Indoor Spray Painting Booth – Sneak Peek

After toying with the idea for a long time, I have built an indoor spray painting booth, so that I can have a place to paint rockets when I want to. The area outside the house in which my apartment is located has little space for spray painting, and th… […]

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Stability – or – What Happened to Homer’s Rocket? (Part 5) – Finding the CP: The Barrowman Equations – Introduction

Illustration from the cover of Centuri TIR-33, by James S. BarrowmanThis is a continuation of a series on model rocket stability for beginners. Click here to go to the beginning of the series. Click here to go to the last post.Each year, since 1958, th… […]

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Mega Der Red Max CATO

The weather was great today, and it was really a terrific launch up in Berwick, Maine. But a few of us really had bad luck, myself included.These pictures are not my rocket. But they are of the rather tragic fate of one CMASS member’s beautiful Estes M… […]

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See Through Rocket Motor, Part 2

If you saw the video that made the rounds a couple weeks ago of the “see-through” model rocket motor burning in slow motion, you may have noticed that, due to its simply being sliced in two and mounted on a flat piece of acrylic, it didn’t burn the way… […]