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By: Henk Siewert

Henk brings us another interesting model with a name that has its roots in Nordic mythology.  He brings you the Alswider!

Henk provided the following information with his entry:


I like to enter my design “Alswider” in to the Design of the Month competition.   Alswider is the name of the mythical horse that carried the moon in the Nordic mythology that describes the creation of the universe.

The Alswider was launched for the first time on Saturday, September 18th 2004. The same day the Octo was launched for the first time (see the September entry).  The Alswider made its first flight on a Estes A-8.3. Its second flight was on a Estes B-4.4.

Both flights where straight-up and the streamer popped out at the apogee of the flight.   On the second flight the rocket drifted way out over the field and landed on the only road that divide the field in two. Why is it that my rockets have love affairs with paved roads and very high trees? Where have I gone wrong?  Alswider had a fracture in two of its legs (sorry, fins) and is now in a state of shock and repair.

In the accompanying files you will find drawings, parts list, pictures from the static model, launch picture (taken from the video) and technical info. All the documents are in Adobe Acrobat format (pdf). The pictures are in JPG format. I also include a video of the launching of the Alswider. The quality of the video is very poor but we had a new (mini) camera that we didn’t know how to handle yet ( I know, read the manual ) and the weather was bad.

The transition is the Fliskits AB-2050_100. This is a future part. So you will have to make one yourself. I have included a file with a template for a paper shroud and instructions on making a transition by using a shroud and centering rings or tube couplers (how_to_make_a_paper_transition.pdf).

I hope you have fun building this rocket. And if you do, let me know. I like to see pictures of my rockets build by fellow rocketeers. You can e-mail me here. All questions on building my rockets will be answered.

Have fun.

Henk Siewert

The links below will provide you with instructions and patterns for this design.  These links will open a new window.


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