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#11 Mars Snooper

Post by Commander » Tue, 27 Dec 16, 03:19 am

I've been working on this Snooper for awhile now. Seems like every time I get close to doing the painting, something else snaps off. I gave the whole rocket a final primer coat Christmas Eve and was doing a finishing sanding getting ready for the color coats when pop, I felt one of the fins give. Of the nine fin joints on the lower part, I think I have reglued six of them. As can be seen in the pictures below, the glue joint is strong, as the tube is ripping. I am not handling the rocket roughly, but something in the joint is weak.
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#12 Re: Mars Snooper

Post by Commander » Fri, 06 Jul 18, 16:55 pm

As mentioned elsewhere, the Snooper took another tumble. :cry:
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#13 Re: Mars Snooper

Post by bernomatic » Thu, 09 Aug 18, 23:52 pm

This is getting really frustrating :x It seems any time I think I'm getting ahead or close to finishing with this build, something else happens. :evil:

I was working on the pod that last fell off. I used some JB Wood Weld to fillet the joint and was smoothing the results when I accidently dropped it on to the vinyl covered basement floor from a height of...

30"
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If the rocket can't take a fall from that height without sustaining damages, How the heck is going to recover from a launch? :o This latest wasn't even a joint separation, it is much akin to what happened to the USS Atlantis in that it cut across the grain. This isn't a weak joint issue, this weak wood.
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#14 Re: Mars Snooper

Post by Joe Wooten » Sun, 19 Aug 18, 12:24 pm

OUCH!!!!

Not much you can do about weak wood but replace it......


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#16 Re: Mars Snooper

Post by Commander » Sat, 01 Sep 18, 20:45 pm

Some splinting
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Overnight wait, remove splint
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a little sanding and we're ready to prime again :roll:

That is until the next fall :? :cry:
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