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The Helicopter Recovery Guide

Helicopter and Gyro recovery is a small obsession of mine. I love the challenge of building rockets with this form of recovery. I often launch standard helicopter rockets in the Rot-a-rock or Rose-a-rock style but I have some experimental helicopter … Continue reading

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Packing Tape Decals

Several months ago I came across a message thread on the rec.model.rockets newsgroup. There was a mention of making decals with a laser printer and clear packing tape. Apparently it is a practice that was used at one time by … Continue reading

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Finish it

One of the questions I get asked most often is “How do you paint your rockets to get such a fine finish?” I have tried many different approaches in the past but the process I have found that works the … Continue reading

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A Sticky Situation

My first model rockets were put together almost entirely with Elmers Glue. After I read in "Handbook of Model Rocketry" by Harry Stine that he used Aleene's Original Tacky Glue (available at craft stores) I switched. Aleene's is thick, dries … Continue reading

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