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Old Sep 27, 2009, 08:11 PM
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Paper Towel Rocket-Alpha Max

I have always(for a long time now) wondered if I could build a rocket using a paper towel roll tube. I found a toilet tussue tube to fit inside and I had the Estes tube spacers that fit inside the TP tube. Add one motor mount tube and the the motort mount bracket and engine stop and presto, you have the makings of a PT(paper towel) rocket. I have a bunch of plastic Easter eggs that make great nose cones. They come in different colors so I can make a bunch of rockets. For fins, I used Estes Alpha fin design.
Once I was finished, I realized I should have used the Astron Streak as my prototype. It has a blunted nose. Oh well, next one. It took two week ends and no real effort to throw it together between other projects I'm working on. All it needs now is a little black for a contrasting color and its ready to launch.
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Old Oct 01, 2009, 04:29 PM
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you bet it will work
none of mine are kits or store bought rocket stuff
everything
nose cones ,parachutes ,tubes were all kinds of tubes from all sources
my favorite one is the aluminum can rocket , all aluminum ,fins and nose cone
moves out fast but once the motor stops so does the rocket
large mass no weight !
no parachute either it floated sideways to a soft landing
you can build what ever you can think of and test it
its lots of fun
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Old Oct 02, 2009, 01:51 PM
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Nice pic's

Nice Pic's. Wish you would post them correctly(right-side-up) so I could enjoy them. Turning my monitor around and up-side-down to look at the pic's is no fun! lol!
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Old Oct 02, 2009, 05:35 PM
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sorry !
when i was young i thought they where calling me rechard
it was {retard}
so let me give it another try!
most everything you see is scratch built
kind of dumpster diveing once and awhile
but kits where too expensive + hardware ,motors ,
after a while we made all of our components
but that was a long time ago
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Old Oct 09, 2009, 04:20 PM
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Got Rockets?

BigFatDaddy,

Do you still have these rockets? Are these pic's current?
Do you have individual pic's of these rockets, some look really cool and I would like to an upclose shots of some.

Daniel
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Old Oct 09, 2009, 04:50 PM
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definitely can make rockets out of PT tubes! in high school, i made a rocket from two empty covering film rolls. the rocket was as tall as my bronco 2 was wide without the nose cone. made the nose cone from a solid block of balsa. cut the basic shape, then spun it on a drill press and used sand paper to smooth it out. parachute was just a trash bag. built the motor mount from balsa ply. used the largest motors i could find, E-9. fins were at the base and mid way up (where the two tubes were glued together). made those from ply, too. rocket flew great and quickly became a small spot in the sky. i got some bad motors at some point. one of them blew up and took out the base of the rocket. used high temp. engine paint, though, so not too bad. lots of fun!
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Old Oct 09, 2009, 07:55 PM
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Any pic's?

Lowdive,

Any Pic's, post them please?

Daniel
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Old Oct 09, 2009, 11:00 PM
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oh lord no! that was so many years ago. but, imagine a couple of the 3' tubes super glued end to end. nose cone about 6" long, bottom fins 10" top to bottom/out from tube about 4", middle fins 4" top to bottom/out from tube about 2". fins were in-line, equally spaced around the tube (3 fins middle and bottom). motor mount was cut from ply. just sat the motor on the wood, traced it for inner diameter and cut 1/4" out from that to make the outer ring. inner ring would have smaller opening to keep motor from flying into the rocket. cut little strips a little shorter than motor and glued to rings. motor should slide through one ring and stop at the other. glued the mount to motor would stick out from the bottom a little.

it pretty much looked like a 1.5" diameter tube with fins and nose cone. painted tube engine paint silver, fins and nose engine paint black. maybe 5' or so total height. the little rocket stand you can get from estes wasn't able to hold it up. ended up pushing the rod directly into the ground.

i had made another rocket half the height and double the diameter from some other cardboard tube i found. that day i had two engines blow on ignition (one took out the big rocket and the other took out another half size 1.5" diameter rockets). the fat rocket wasn't set up with a parachute yet but after two failures you kinda just wanna see a successful launch. had that and once the nose popped i got to watch it flutter to the ground. the rocket came straight down and embedded in the soft ground a couple inches. i was quite surprised it didn't accordion to a pancake.

i haven't done any rocket stuff since high school. now you's got me thinkin'...
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Old Oct 10, 2009, 11:40 AM
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thanks for the Easter egg nosecone tip, really like that.

Found a bunch of Estes motors at a liquidation store and recently got into rockets after about a 15 year hiatus. Roll my own tubes and nosecones from cardstock and white glue, but those egg nosecones are very aesthetically pleasing. Like to make em somewhat disposable because I am launching em in my complexe's relatively small common area and the roofs around here are littered with my rockets.
the kids around here love em.

foam.
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Old Oct 10, 2009, 02:54 PM
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i used the leggs package
looks like a big egg
for nose cones
dont know if they are still around !
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Old Oct 10, 2009, 02:58 PM
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BigFatDaddy,

Do you still have these rockets? Are these pic's current?
Do you have individual pic's of these rockets, some look really cool and I would like to an upclose shots of some.

Daniel
yo daniel
not current but i still have all but a few
some cato,ed some lawn darts , lost due to altitude
but what one do you want to see ?
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Old Oct 10, 2009, 03:59 PM
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Mr-3's

The MR-3's (both of them) look pretty cool. Is one of them a 2 stage?
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Old Oct 10, 2009, 09:02 PM
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MR3?
I HAVE 2 STAGE
some are fin can droppers some are cluster air starters
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Old Oct 12, 2009, 04:56 PM
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Mercury-Redstone 3

Mercury-Redstone 3 rocket.
They are the rockets with the red tower looking missile on top of the capsule. They have checkerboard on the sides. Can't miss 'em.
One pic(first batch) has someone standing next to an MR-3. He is wearing a blue or teal shirt and blue jeans.
Check out the pic.

Daniel
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Old Oct 12, 2009, 08:10 PM
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ah thats me !!!
some years ago
scratch built mecury redstone
and little john
redstone is 11"6
I STILL HAVE THEM BUT THE SATURN V is dead
came in ballistic on a K-1100
still have the remains
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