I was looking at my enormous collection of rockets recently wondering what my next project should be. It was obvious…I don’t have a V2. I need a V2.
I thought about some of the kits available but came to the conclusion I was going to build Ralph Currell’s cardstock V2 and I was going to hack it to be a flyable model. Other rocketeers have turned this model into a great 18mm flyer. Bob Harrington did a great review of this over at EMRR. It was a very enjoyable build and I highly recommend this model.
The items that I hacked to create my flyable model were:
- On all of the centering rings I drew a 18mm hole and cut it out instead of the stock hole.
- I used a BT20 tube throughout the length of the rocket
- I removed the steering vanes around the motor
- I separated the rocket about two-thirds up and created a plug adapter.
- I added nose weight for stability
- I substituted the internal fin ribs with a solid balsa core.
- added kevlar to elastic shock cord attached at thrust ring
Here she is: