Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Little Joe II - pre-flight landing damage (stupid rocket tricks #16 & #17)
This model in jinxed. I think I mentioned that I dropped the LJ II twice during construction. That number is up to four. Event number three (and SRT #16) was the capsule only. After painting, the capsule wouldn't come off. Because it is card stock, I couldn't grab it firmly and was worried about twisting the tower. So, I got a dowel and gently tapped from the bottom up. Well, out came the capsule core, leaving the cardboard ring and shoulder. There is some good news here. When I put it back on, I adjusted out most of the tower misalignment. Later, I dropped the whole thing again and popped a fin. (SRT #17 - don't drop rockets on floor.) The fins are glued onto the paper corrugated shroud. Either the shroud lifted internally or it lifted the top layer of the tube. I assume it was the prior. This was easy to fix, but I foresee similar pops on actual flight recovery. Hopefully, I will find out at this weekend's NARHAMS launch.