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This session the kids are building the D-Nelson Tomahawk.  Our group is made up of beginners, intermediate and experienced rocketeers.  Should be a great group!
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Kids begin by marking their tubes for the fins.
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Most are experienced rocketeers at this point.  Those who aren't, are taught by those who ARE.
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It's a great help to me and to all of the students as well!
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Here the kids are learning the hows and whys of sanding the glassine surface of body tubes.
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In our more advanced classes (such as this) there is much more discussion about steps among students.
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Not to mention the occasional "Oh! he has a camera!" kinda shot... LOL
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One of our more experienced students, though I had to caution him against holding the tube in his hand as he cut it...
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Cutting tubes is a requirement of this kit and a valuable skill to know in the world of model rocketry!
Next week we will begin attaching fins!
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Fins and tubes all cut and shaped (bottom of pix), we form the paper shroud for the forward tube.
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With kids working at different speeds, we have some finishing up the cutting of their fins.
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And every class has one... hiding the fake "Elmers fake skin" he applied to the back of his right hand...  with that look that says "wut?  I ain't done nothin'!"
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Shrouds formed, we glue the lower (BT-20) tube into the upper (BT-55 tube)
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Everyone working towards a common end.
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Getting ready to finish up for the day.
Although not shown, we got the fins glue to the fin tubes and we got the paper shrouds attached as well.  Next week we finish the fin attachment and complete the model!
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Attaching the launch lugs.  This young man took his time and put perfect airfoils on all of his fins and stand offs.  He did an incredible job!
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Everyone working on final assembly.  The young man on the left had missed a couple of classes and is working to catch up.  The added problem is that this is his first rocketry class!
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At this stage of the assembly, nearly everyone is at a different point, depending on their experience and how much work they want to put into the LOOK of the model.
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Yep, he realized that this helps assure he will get into the photo album.. LOL
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Eye-balling to assure the launch lugs are aligned.
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Finishing up the fins in preparation of attaching them to the model.
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When all is said and done, WE'RE DONE!
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One week later, we rejoin and I get to see the painted models.  These kids did an incredible job!
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We only had about 50 minutes before we had to give the field up to the baseball team, so we got right to it!
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This is the model with the airfoiled fins.  Arrow straight flight and safe return!
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All of the models did incredible well.  Everyone should be quite proud of themselves!
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Next pair up!
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Because it was a dead calm, we went with a larger motor (B6-4 instead of A8-3) and we were well rewarded for our efforts!
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Everything landing within a short walk of the pads!
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With the heavy overcast skies, I wasn't sure how well the pictures would come out.  Pretty good, actually!
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With higher flights and very slow recoveries, the kids couldn't resist the urge to catch'em when they could!
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I was very impressed with the paint jobs.  That one on the left was one of my favorites!
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And it flew as good as it looked!
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He clearly did NOT want this model touching the ground! 
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Nice shot from a different position.  The launcher is the boy in black, at the launch table.  Kids on the left and parents on the right.
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Next up we have one flying naked and one with paint!
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Even naked, these models perform very well!
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And away we go!
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The one on the left didn't have launch lugs attached.  We attached them with tape, but clearly needed to do a better job.  Right after this pix was taken, we fixed *that* problem!
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And it worked!  Of course, as I explained, he now needs to GLUE those lugs in place!
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Perfect flight from the bright orange one too!
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The young man on the right has been to many of my classes.  As you can see by the smiles, everyone was having FUN!
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Heck, even the ROCKETS were having fun!
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We had launched these out of order because we had a bad igniter in this one.  All fixed though!
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Nearing the end, the young lady on the right was the only girl in this session and produced another of the very cool paint jobs.
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Up, up and AWAY!
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Ok, now THIS was funny...  The rocket drifted out over the parking lot as the baseball team was approaching.  I think it was the left fielder who caught it...  He's ready for today's game!  Glad we could help!
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Another of many perfect flights!
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Our last launch of the day.  We had fin problems that we tried to fix.
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Boost looks great but we lost a fin during boost.  We're going to fly this one again, during our next session.
That's it for the rocket building/launching parts of this class.  We have one more meeting next week and we will go over design considerations and learn more about stability and construction techniques.

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