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Hans "Chris" Michielssen's Page

AKA: hcmbanjo

Location: Orlando, FL

Club Memberships: NAR

Favorite Rockets: Estes Goblin

Personal Home Page: www.oddlrockets.com

Club Home Page: www.R-O-C-K.org

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2018-02-21

ASP D Region Tomahawk Build, Part 15, Fin Plate Forming and Adhesion

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Bend the long (already embossed) sides over a straight edge. You should be able to set the metal edge of a ruler into the embossed line. Press up with your fingertips. Crease the entire length of the fold. You'll have to go back and curve the bottom again after folding the sides. Here's the underside and outside of the fin plates. Set them into the space between the fins to be sure you have the ... [More]

ASP D Region Tomahawk Build, Part 16, Fin Plate Setting and Streamer

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The backs of the card stock fin plates were sprayed with 3M 77 adhesive spray. Here's how the plates fit around the curve of the tube and with the folds tucked into the fin root edges. The great thing - the fin plates covered the bad and touched up mask lines. A Q-tip was used to gently press the fold into the root edge. You won't scratch the print using a soft burnisher. There is a 1/8" wide ... [More]

2018-02-20

ASP D Region Tomahawk Build, Part 13, New Fin Plates

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I looked back at the Estes Tomahawk instructions and Peter Alway's Rockets Of The World for more information on the fin plate shape. The plates are slightly raised above the body tube so I decided to print them on 60 lb. card stock. This lighter card stock will also allow the plates to be folded and glued into the root edges. Below: 1" reference lines were added to the kit decals. The decals ... [More]

ASP D Region Tomahawk Build, Part 14, Folding and Cutting the Fin Plates

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Emboss the fold lines before cutting out the fin plates. It's easier to make the fold lines while the pieces are still on the larger paper. I'm using the tip of a butter knife, the flat area above any serrations on the cut side of the knife. Most of the straight lines were cut with a new X-Acto blade and a straightedge. Cut and leave the black edge border lines. The shortest lines were cut with ... [More]

2018-02-19

ASP D Region Tomahawk Build, Part 12, Fin Plates

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I probably could have sanded and shot the black root edges again but thought I'd take the easier way out. Most of the root edges will be covered by a fin plate decal so it doesn't have to be perfect. I used a fine point Sharpie right down the root edge fillet. It took a few passes to get a dark black to match the paint coat. Here's the decal of the fin plate from the kit. It was inkjet printed ... [More]

2018-02-18

Space X Tube Wrap?

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Brian McCormack posted this picture on the Facebook Model Rocket Fanatics page: "Got my SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket kit today. Not to thrilled with the lumpy body tube wrap but it’s better than trying to paint it!" Geez! That's crap! When the kit first came out it was up to the builder to apply the large peel and stick wrap. It was thin and nearly impossible to get right. After Space X got ... [More]

ASP D Region Tomahawk Build, Part 11, Fin Masking

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The D Region Tomahawk has three black fins and one red fin. Here's the mask for the single red fin. On the left is the Scotch tape surrounding the root edges. In the second picture a grocery bag is taped covering the rest of the model. This is the mask for the three black fins. I had good lines on some fins, not on others. I might have waited too long to pull up the tape. There was some lifting ... [More]

2018-02-16

Not My Week For Rocket Orders!

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So - I ordered 75 sheets of decal paper from decalpaper.com. I've got the new F-104 Starfighter kit coming out and was running low. Today the package arrived. I was glad they put it in a box, they've sent it in an envelope before and the postman would fold it to fit in my mailbox. Everything's good, right? They sent laser print decal paper. I have an inkjet printer. I called them and we looked ... [More]

Estes Saturn V Box Picture -

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I finished up an Estes Saturn V build for a client. If you have a kit, look close at box picture. It is a picture of an actual build and not a C.G. image! Here's two things that could be fixed. On the upper transition there are four raised "nubs". I assume those are some sort of release mechanism for the transition to open up. On the box picture they are painted black, they should be white. ... [More]

ASP D Region Tomahawk Build, Part 10, More Masking

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A brown band goes on the base of the nose cone, 7/32" above the shoulder lip. On the left the nose cone has been lightly marked with pencil in four locations around the nose cone. I use more than one single mark, it makes alignment of the tape line much easier. To the right is the Scotch tape mask and brown tape above and below it. The only drag of this kit was I had to buy a can of brown spray ... [More]

2018-02-10

B-32M Spike

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I would bet it got over 1,000 feet. A large spill hole in the chute gave a fast descent and one lower fin was torn off the body tube when it hit. - Estes D12-5 - NEFAR - Clegg Sod Farm [More]

Estes Curvlinear

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With the added nose weight it was very stable with the 18mm engine. I'd guess the altitude at 400'. No damage will it drifting into the adjacent field for pickup 200 yards away. - Quest Chinese made B6-4 - NEFAR - Clegg Sod Farm [More]

Odd'l Rockets F-104 Starfighter

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Great flight with no roll during boost. The parachute was taped partially closed. Good recovery but I noticed the stabilizer was cracked. It fell faster than normal with the reefed chute. - Estes C6-5 - NEFAR - Clegg Sod Farm [More]

Odd'l Rockets Kokopelli C

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Another reefed chute with no damage when it was retrieved. - Estes C6-5 - NEFAR - Clegg Sod Farm [More]

Custom Solar Explorer

Flight

The RSO did a countdown for the first rocket on the rack. This rocket was on the the third rod. My rocket launched! No biggie, that seems to happen every few years at club launches. - Estes B6-4 - NEFAR - Clegg Sod Farm [More]

2018-01-06

Estes Curvlinear

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I taped the 12' parachute so it wouldn't fully open. With the reefed chutes, all of todays launches stayed in the field. - A8-3 - Orlando R.O.C.K. [More]

Odd'l X-15 Goony

Flight

Another tied chute brought it down without any damage. - Estes B6-4 - Orlando R.O.C.K. [More]

Alway Saturn IV

Flight

This is the same rocket that got hung up in a tree and was exposed to rain for a month. After it dried out I installed a new chute and shock cord. I should really get new decals on it. - Estes B6-4 - Orlando R.O.C.K. [More]

Carded Downscale A.S.P.

Flight

Roger said you could see some spiral in the smoke trail. There are small spin tabs on the fins. The wind direction had changed and blew it into a tree, but low enough to be grabbed. - Estes 1/2A3-4t - Orlando R.O.C.K. [More]

Custom Nomad

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The German engines are louder and sooty. - Quest German made B6-4 - Orlando R.O.C.K. [More]

2015-04-19

Rockets By Style / Kit-Bash/Modified

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Hans "Chris" Michielssen's Orange (Q Cobalt Kitbash)

2014-11-09

Rockets By Style / Kit-Bash/Modified

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MX-774 Kitbash on an Estes A8-3. Bunnell Blast, November 8, 2014

2012-09-22

Saturn Press Saturn V - Step 17

Build Entry

The outside curved lines of the Engine Fairing Shrouds were cut from the cardstock with scissors. The interior Fin Slots were cut with a knife and straight-edge. [More]

Saturn Press Saturn V - Step 16

Build Entry

The A Frames and Fins were pressed together. The C Frames are pressed into the A Frames and Fins. Be careful handling the Fin paint while assembling. Silver or metallic paints are easy to dull with fingerprints. After all were assembled dry (no glue) I applied white glue to all the joints with ... [More]

2012-08-04

Rockets by Manufacturer / Centuri

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Centuri Vulcan Clone at 8.4.12 R.O.C.K. launch with a B6-4 engine.

2012-05-12

Rockets by Manufacturer / Centuri

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Centuri Vulcan clone launch on May 12, 2012 with a B6-2 engine.

2012-03-04

Rockets by Manufacturer / Centuri

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Centurion with ST-16 Booster unit. Orlando R.O.C.K. March 3, 2012

2012-02-29

Rockets by Manufacturer / Centuri

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Centuri Nomad clone launch on a Estes A10-3t in an adapter. Full parachute, no damage.

2011-11-20

Rockets By Style / Odd-Rocs

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Odd'l Rockets UP! Cup with an Estes C6-3. Slight tip-off the launch rod. Stable and no damage at recovery.

Hans "Chris" Michielssen


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