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Step 1: Things Needed
7" of 3/4" CPVC pipe.(I am not exactly sure what that is, but I found it at Ace hardware. You might find a lighter type of pipe, but make sure that the rocket engine fits snugly inside the pipe.) You will have to get it in one foot length's, so it is up to you if you want a longer rocket.
A 1" rubber stopper for the cone. (if you can think of something else, it is up to you.) You can also get this from Ace.
A sheet of balsa wood about 6" by 5" (I used a different type of light wood, But I am clueless as to what it is called.)
A normal plastic bag (for the parachute)
Thin Super Glue
Tough string for parachute ( You might could use fishing wire for this- I used what I had on hand)
Thin rubber band (shock cord)
Model Rocket engine. (I would use a C6-2, a C6-3, or C6-4)
Protractor (would immensely help)
Razor (or sharp knife)
Scissors (both light and heavier duty)
Hot glue gun (with glue of course)
File (moderately large, but not a rasp)
Step 2: Making the Parachute
Step 3: Making the Fins
Step 4: Making the Nose Cone.
Take the 1" rubber stopper and trim the base to 11/16 of an inch. This can be done by trimming a groove around the base. Just imagine cutting out a 1/8" thick washer out of the base that is 1/8" wide. Or in simpler terms, cause part of the base to fit just inside the tube of the rocket for 1/8". If I manage to upload some illustrations, understanding this will be easier. I would use a razor, and you will likely need a file.
If you have success with this, then you can use a tough pair of heavy duty scissors to shape the top of the stopper into an oblique shape. This looks very choppy, so I recommend a different method. However, you can try smoothing it out with a file.
If all this goes well (Then I am amazed), then screw the metal eye into the center of the base of the cone. Give it several good twists. Attach the rubber band to the metal eye with a slip knot as your shock cord.
Step 5: Making the Rocket Tube.
The next thing is easy to do, but also easy to mess up. Take an ear swab, and coat it with super glue. You will need to measure how far the engine should go in with about a forth of an inch sticking out. Insert the ear swab to the same length and make a ring inside with the glue. This is just right to keep the engine in place.
Next take a length of the tough string (about +/- 7 inches) and tie it securely to the outside of the rocket tube. Make sure that doesn't come off by covering the knot all around with super glue. Make the knot as small, neat, and unnoticeable as possible.
Step 6: Glue Fins and Straw to Rocket Tube
Use a hot glue gun for this as it works the best. First apply the glue on side A of the fin, then apply the glue along the mark on the rocket tube carefully. Carefully push the two together. Needles to say (but I will say it anyway) this is trickier than it sounds. If you need to make any adjustments, make them quickly. Hold it in position for about ten seconds. Now repeat this for the other two fins, but remember that the two other fins must be at thirds of each other, or 120 degrees. Do not worry if it is slightly off or crooked, but if it is noticeable or if you have high rocket standards, you can carefully break them off (if wood is strong enough-I do not know about balsa), and retry. When you are done, let glue dry with fins pointing upward (or rocket inverted). When this has dried, (I, not being an expert, wait no more than 30 minutes.), apply glue along both sides of each fin and let this dry with fins pointing down (or normal rocket position).
Now for something a little easier. Cut a drinking straw to 5 1/2", and glue it alongside the rocket to the rocket tube as parallel to the tube as possible. You could do this alongside a fin if you want, but I would not as I have found this to complicate re gluing the fin should it break off. This will guide the rocket in the first milliseconds of it's flight. This step will not help if you do not have a launcher with a guide rod.
Step 7: Putting It All Together
If you would like to paint the rocket than that will be the final step in Making the rocket.
I used a C6-5 engine, but i would recommend a C6-3 or C6-4 as to have less ejection delay. Insert this into rocket, making sure the glue ring is in place and working.
Follow instructions that come with engine on packing recovery wading.
Step 8: Final Preperations
Fold Parachute in half away from rocket. This means you will be sort of inverting it. What you see on the picture for step 2 is facing toward the rocket: you will want to fold it away. Just think about the way you would normally fold it in half and do the opposite. Now bring both halves down to the halfway fold you just made. Bring the two upper folds you just made down to the same place. You will have something resembling a rectangle. Lay it down flat and take one end and roll it up halfway, then, keeping this rolling in place, flip it around and roll the other side as well. You do not want to roll the edges like a scroll, but on opposite ends. Imagine unrolling one end of a scroll all the way and rolling it back on the other side. If possible, insert the parachute into rocket. It will be a tight fit.
This step is very lame and hard to understand- you do not need to tell me. If you know another way to pack a parachute, by all means-do so! You can even experiment with your own ideas.
Step 9: Caution!
Rate this how you will. Have fun (safely of coarse, and preferably staying in one piece).