On 24 Jul 2003 00:15:23 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Rattlesnake9585)
In here is the Model Rocketry Technical Manual and a few other
publications that may be of use. I started designing and scratch
building with just the technical manual.
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So if I buy an Estes (or LOC or mailing) tube and cut it to length, that's
not scratch built? I guess I don't understand what part of the Estes grab
bag you consider not scratch built? If I just glue the parts together, even
though it's of my own design? If I cut the fins out?
I consider my level 2 'scratch built'. Based on the look of BSD Rocketry's
Apache (and Estes spirit), I designed the fins from enlargements of
the Spitfire wingtips (and a little zerox x,y zoom magic). Used off the
shelf body and motor tubes, rail buttons, parachute, couplers and 2
nosecones. Fins, and 2 of the 4 centering rings were handcut. Tailcone and
bodytube hand slotted.
Alt-bay based on other's designs, but handbuilt from off the shelf couplers,
a section of hand cut body tube, and homemade caps.
The terms "kit-built", "plans-built", and "scratch-built" have been around
longer than I've been involved in modeling, which is some forty years. As
far as I can recall their accepted meanings have not changed in that time.
Perhaps as you gain experience in the hobby you'll come to have a better
understanding of them.
As would I. If you open a box/bag, and build what's inside, that's a kit.
Anything else is scratch. Including cloning a kit or building from a
An Original Design probably implies scratch built, and more.
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A few things worth mentioning (if they haven't already):
-BMS (Balsa Machining Service) http://www.balsamachining.com/ offers a
good, well-priced selection of body tubes, centering rings & other components
in addition to nose cones & transitions (& custom balsa turning at very
-An excellent book for designing & building your own rockets is:
"Model Rocket Design And Construction"
http://www.apogeerockets.com/design_book.asp It's well worth the cost. I got
it when I became a Born Again Rocketeer & it gave me the knowledge & confidence
to become the reknowned & admired scratch-builder I am now (geez...sorry for
all the self-agrandizement).
-JimZ Plans http://www.dars.org/jimz/rp00.htm
offers old Estes & Centuri plans (instructions with fin patterns, parts list, &
decals scans). Though not technically scratch-building, it's still a more wide
range of choices than today's kits at a lower price. -- Richard "geez...sorry
for all the...." Hickok
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