Sunday, July 16, 2017

Build fever (WARNING: photoless post)

Summer plans have shifted and it looks like I may miss all the launches in August. So, I suddenly feel compelled to finish up the Mercury Redstoned before next weekend. All the mounts are in and the final filler is drying. As I was weighing signboard vs. balsa for the fins, I spotted some sheets of foamboard. So, that's what I'm going with. It seems fitting to have cheapo fins on a model with what may be a single-use paper nosecone. I have tweaked the capsule a bit and have some plans to make a beefier version. I could build it now but unless I get more time and motivation, that won't happen this week. Worst case is the fins and the cone are single use and I'll have my next project lined up.

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