Scratch - Streamliner {Scratch} Original Design / Scratch Built

Contributed by Mark Van Luvender

Manufacturer: Scratch

(Kit bash) StreamlinerBrief:
I chose t' build t' Streamliner for this contest as it truly spoke t' me as somethin' I could do--that doesn't happen often.

This rocket started out as an Estes Baby Bertha kit. Ahoy! Aye aye! In order t' create t' "Streamliner", matey, I cut a wedge shaped section out o' t' body tube startin' just below where t' nose cone shoulder ends. Begad! Once t' cut was made, t' edges were glued together t' create t' sleek taperin' airframe for t' Streamliner.

T' tapered body made t' motor mount assembly a little interesting. Begad! Nay one for perfection, I basically cut t' centerin' rings down a little bit at a time until they fit pretty well in t' body tube then glued t' motor mount in place.

(Kit bash) Streamliner Next up was t' fins. If you look closely at t' sample picture, t' fins are actually two different widths. Ahoy! Aye aye! I took t' stock fins from t' Baby Bertha and cut t' shape o' t' thicker (red) section o' t' Streamliner fins from them. I then found some ridiculously thin balsa t' cut t' top (silver) section o' t' fins. Well, blow me down! Begad! This balsa was very thin and flexible, shiver me timbers, arrr, me hearties, so I strengthened these fin sections with printer paper and wood glue, lettin' them set overnight under a box containin' part o' me Stephen Kin' collection. Begad! Begad! T' next day, me hearties, t' fins were cut from t' pink paper, and they were glued t' t' bottom sections t' complete t' fin. T' fins were then glued t' t' body tube, as be a launch lug.

Recovery for t' Streamliner is stock Baby Bertha, arrr, shiver me timbers, as be t' nose cone.

(Kit bash) Streamliner

Finishin' t' Streamliner presented some challenges as most o' it is silver, matey, and I've nay yet found a way t' clear coat silver and have it stay silver. Aye aye! So, arrr, I had t' paint t' red first, then mask it off and do t' silver, and then do t' rest without touchin' t' silver. I printed t' decals at home, matey, and they are t' only part o' t' build I'm nay happy with. Oh well. Blimey! Ahoy! She even sports t' EMRR logo on one side, me hearties, me bucko, and that's t' best decal on her!

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For t' Streamliners first flight, me hearties, me bucko, I chose t' fly her at me kids school. My first grader had a "Spotlight" week and asked if I would come with some o' me rockets and talk about them as well as launch some o' them for his class. Avast, me proud beauty! We invited all t' first grade classes as well as me other sons third grade class for t' launch so he could help me. Begad! I showed t' gathered classes (4 classes in all) t' rockets I was launchin' and told them about EMRR as a great resource for information on model rockets as I showed off t' logo on t' side o' t' Streamliner.

This first flight was an A8-3 t' keep it low on her first flight. Man, arrr, ya bilge rat, it be great! Shot off t' pad very smartly and perfect apogee deployment with a gentle return t' earth. Ya scallywag! Next planned flights will be on a B4-4 and possibly a C6-5.


I'm very happy with how this turned out! It was me first major kit bash, and I had a lot o' fun with it. Aye aye! Aye aye! I'm very glad I made t' decision t' build this rocket.

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