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By: Henk Siewert

Henk brings us another interesting model from his creative mind, called the Pijl

Henk provided the following information with his entry:


I like to enter my design “Pijl” in to the Design of the Month competition.   Pijl is Dutch for Arrow.

The SWT Pijl was developed a couple of years ago when I needed a demonstration model.   When you are asked to give a model rocket demonstration you need a sturdy, simple and reliable model. The SWT Pijl is just that!  The last time it came into action was at the Military Aviation Museum at Soesterberg. The Air Force base at Soesterberg was for many years the home of the USAF 32nd “Wolfhounds” squadron in the Netherlands.

Once a year the Military Aviation Museum organize a model show. Not just for airplanes but for a wide ranges of models including rockets.  As an ex member of the Royal Netherlands Air Force its always nice to tell story’s about rockets and missiles. Especially when you can tell your story’s in de shadow of the Nike Hercules rockets that you used to launch en are now on display at the museum.

During the week that the model show was at the museum the Pijl was launched sometimes three times a day. It performed perfectly every time!  We launched it on a Estes 1/2 A6-2 and recovered it on a small streamer. We had a small patch between big buildings and the Pijl had to come down fast or else we had to get the rocket from the roofs of the buildings. Most of the time the Pijl came down on the concrete.

Only once we had a fin that was partly lose. But that was easily glued back on.

In the accompanying files you will find drawings, parts list, a picture from the static model, launch picture (taken from the local newspaper that made a story about the model show at the museum) and technical info. Al the documents are in Adobe Acrobat format (pdf). The pictures are in JPG format.

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 at swt@raket.info  All questions on building my rockets will be answered.

More info on my rockets can be found on my website: http://www.raket.info   (raket is Dutch for rocket)

You can find the museum at : http://www.militaireluchtvaartmuseum.nl/english/index.html

Have fun.

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


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