Upon arrival all parts inventoried, washed in alcohol water solution, dried, and labeled. I used Lacquer thinner on fins to remove goo.
Sanded with course or medium grit sand paper all surfaces that will be epoxied in later steps
Dry fit centering rings on motor tube and fins in fix slots. Sanding as needed to make centering and fins fit.
Sanded motor tube with course sandpaper. Notched upper centering rings for Y Kevlar recovery bridal. Epoxied centering and Kevlar into place on motor tube. Dry fit Aeropack retainer by will JB weld later after motor tube epoxied into body tube. Center ring spacing check to ensure fins fit in thru body tube. Pencil placed in photo as size reference.
Drilled holes per Wildman instructions to inject fillets. Placed and epoxied in fins. Aligning and allowing to cure one fin at a time. Inject Epoxy and allowed time to dry.
Dry fit Aeropack retainer and check that still seated correctly. Placed JB Weld on outside of tube and slid retainer in place. Confirmed seated level with end of tube. Allow to dry overnight.
Taped and added JB Weld as external fin fillets.
Drill holes for rail buttons thru the double centering. Test fit rail buttons and alignment. Remove buttons, then apply some JB Weld in the holes a dab on bottom of rail button. Install rail buttons. Use short section of launch rail to check alignment. Allow to dry over night.
Measure and mark location of vent holes in both sections. Drill and clean holes.
Drill alignment keys in sections. Drill holes for Rivets and Sheer Pins.
Nosecone. Epoxy in Eyebolt into Bulkhead. Epoxy Bulkhead into Nosecone coupler. Drill holes in Nosecone and coupler. Epoxy in T-Nuts.Drill holes for sheer pins. Insert Coupler into Nose cone and place screws.
Prepare ebay. Drill holes for switches. Drills holes in end of canisters. Drill holes in other end and epoxy in terminals.
Next paint rocket – prime.
Next paint rocket – finish coat.
Ground Test Videos of ground test can be viewed at http://youtu.be/F5jphrvM6p8
Drogue Section – test 2-56 sheer pins cut using 2.0 grams charge. Successful
Main Section – test 2-56 sheer pins cut and plastic rivets do not using 2.5 grams. Successful.
Flight test - 3/3/2012
May 4, 2012 at Tripoli San Diego, Plaster City, CA successful L3 flight using
a M1297, reached 12,582 feet.