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I made a point of bringing a nice selection of built models to show the kids.
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We quickly assembled the engine mount then marked the tube for fins.
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The kids learned the time-honored method of drawing a straight line down a round tube!
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By the end of the first session we had the engine mounts done, the tube marked for fins and some information about rocketry in general.
Week 2
For week 2 I goofed up and arrived an hour late!  I apologize to the group and want to tell you I was thrilled when I arrived to discover you working hard on the build and got quite well along!
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Here we have Cam (seated on the left) showing his taping job to hold on the fins.  This is when I decided to teach the group about the "Double Glue" method of fin attachment.
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With some choosing to use just 3 fins on the Rhino there arose an excess of fins which one creative scout put to good use!
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By the end of the evening most had all of their fins attached.  We made the decision to put off the launch and use next week for a final build day.  More next week!
Week 3
No goof up's this week!  Everyone got right into it and those who had missed last week were able to get caught up.
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Ok, here we go!  Some are further along than others, but all are getting the job done!
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Parents were a great help, especially with the parachutes!
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Nearing completion, the kids fold and pack their 'chutes while trying not to knock off their fins!
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And we are DONE!  This is what a proud group of rocketeering scouts looks like!
LAUNCH DAY!
Sending the kids home to paint their models, we had about 4 weeks from the build before we could fly.
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Quite a different look after some paint!
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First up!
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It was late evening and the fast shutter I prefer resulted in some dark photo's.  Time to back off a bit on speed...
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A bit better but more blur.  This is called a trade off!
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This gives you an idea of just how small a field we were flying in!
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Dressed and undressed, as it were...
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Moment of ignition!
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Following hot on his heels!
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And we're ready for launch!
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WHOOSH!
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Perfect on the way up AND on the way down!
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Another great flight!
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Smiles were the rule of the day!
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Just wish there had been more light for this picture!  I love it!
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Wooooo  dark rocket, dark back ground, low light, fast motion...  Tough on the photographer... LOL
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The group awaits their turn at the pads!
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Next up features the most extreme fin orientation yet!
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Up, up and AWAY!
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Perfect, near field recovery!
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Another perfect flight!
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A purple Rhino! COOL!  And Cam's A.C.M.E. Spitfire ready to go!
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Great flight!
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Not so much on the ACME.  A very hot ejection charge stripped the nose cone and parachute from the rocket and the remainder came into the ground balistic..  NO DAMAGE!  New nose cone and she'll be ready for flight again!
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Flying naked, as it were...
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Notice the increase blur with the slower shutter...
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There she goes!
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Our last group rocket ready to go!
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and we have LIFT OFF!
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Cam preps his Thunderbird for flight
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WHOOSH!
That was it for the Merrimack Troop 401 rocket session.  I hope these kids had as much fun as I did!  Special thanks to Cam for helping to put this all together!
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