3 Flying Model Rocket
This one started when my old rocket
buddy decided to move off shore and left behind one of his
"test" carbon fiber tail cones for a V2. It was all
glued up to the 4 inch body tube with a mighty 29mm motor tube
held in by a fancy carbon fiber centering ring. The carbon
fiber had some bubbles causing surface pits, so it did not
meet his quality standards. One man's trash is another man's
treasure, and after years of scrounging through HI PO trash
for LPR/MPR launch lugs and motor tubes I ain't too picky. So
what about a few bubbles, I got bondo. Heavy bondo coat and
sand and a few more pits would pop out, did it again and again
until most were gone. It sat on the shelf for a few years as I
decided what to build it as. A V2 or some silly airplane
rocket? Then another bit of good fortune as I came across a
second hand nosecone that would fit. There, I have to do
With such a light hind end I could use heavy plywood for the
fins and they would fit into the quarter inch slots that had
been pre-cut. Sawed out dem fins with the old coping saw,
glued em in with sticky 5 min epoxy, and taped up the fillets
fer some more of that wonderful quick curing epoxy. By Golly
you can build rockets fast with that fancy epoxy glue. I
decided to build the first operational MiG; the MiG 3 from
those nasty winter months of 1941. Had to use the classic
Moscow Hawks paint scheme with the big red arrows on the
front. Yep, I'm a gonna put a stop to those invading Hitlerite
pig dogs, this will be another triumph of the Soviet Peoples.
Finished up with some left over decals and hand cut red
Hopefully it won't need a ton of stinkin' performance robbin'
nose weight cause it is a bit longer on that there nose cone.
Just need to find some rail buttons and a motor and itís off
to the RSO table. Yes sir mister RSO, itís a gonna fly real
good as a high power design. Asymmetrical fins are no problem,
if they work in LPR and MPR, why not HPR?
Took these pictures with the camera phone so they are not very
good but they are better than a grainy Soviet black and white
photo. Picture #4 is a teeny little LPR P 40E 18mm, bigger MPR
TA 152 24mm and finally and man sized HPR 29mm MiG 3.