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Old 09-18-2005, 10:27 PM   #11
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krap you seem to have everything fine. I used to make PVS rockets and put about 6-8 D rockets in them. The PVC shouldnt melt but def take afilters advice and invest in a good parachute because the come back down fast!!! Good luck!
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hmm... i could bring my paintball gun along and try and shoot it down .

its going to be hard to get the parachute to pop out because the nose and the body is a pretty tight fit. i tried drilling it bigger, but i dont have any bits big enough
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I hope that you have fins on it. If not, it is gonna be really unstable and no telling where it might go.
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heh. i was thinking about wrapping a wire around it to give it some spiral and i drilled some holes pointed downward and to the left a little bit to give it some more. the wire was really annoying so i took it off.

so what should i use for the fins?
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so what should i use for the fins?
Balsa wood.
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Old 09-19-2005, 03:54 PM   #17
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Just a note, pvc will survive the lift off with no problem. The real challenge comes when the ejection charge goes off. If the engine and nose cone are both tightly secured, it's no longer a rocket...it's a flying pipe bomb. Just make sure one end or the other comes apart easily and you should be fine.
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I'm not a pyrotechnic or anything, but aren't pipe bombs made of PVC (or at least T.V. ones appear to be. lol)? Better make sure you don't get a blockage somehow. lol

Sounds fun though. Let me know if it works and I'll give it a try.
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This thread is making me want to go out and buy a kit - it's SO much fun to play with.

Agreed, PVC is a little heavy for flight I'd guess, so it probably won't go TOO high - and definitely watch out for it's return!

I wonder if I can find that box that has my old rocket kit in it - I bought an 'all in one' type thing about 8 years ago that came with all that was needed for launch... hrm.
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I used to build all sorts of kits when I was kid. My father, brother and I all used to work on them together. I made one that was 3 feet tall, but only about 1/2"-1" in diameter. I lost it! it went about 2-3 times higher than I expected it to and I lost in the clouds (low clouds that day) and I never saw where it came down (

They can be a lot of fun. But they ARE little bombs waiting to go off if you're careless. Take precautions and stay safe. I would suggest not using PVC... at least if this is your first attempt anyway.
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