I have to agree with Buzz - I now glass everything from Estes to my larger
HPR models. And also basically the same way:
3/4 oz. for Estes-type model rockets (especially good for reinforcing
1/16" balsa fins - will FOLD without breaking!)
2 oz. for 2.5" up to 6" Body Tubes (with 6 oz. for fin reinforcements)
6 oz. for > 6" tubes, and for fin reinforcements.
Also, I agree with a prior post that glassing the tube with the slots
_already_ cut is easier, and always before fin placement. As for the
troubles mentioned about flat spots - got a NEATO new toy for just that
The Porter-Cable PROFILE Sander, with true in-line sanding; comes with a
range of shaped tips with Convex (for fillets!) tips ranging from 1/8" to
5/8" radius (radii?), Concave, for smoothing those body tubes, ranging
from 1/8" to 5/8" radius, and other angle tips from 0 to 90 degrees. Boy,
does it ever work! Also, since the tips are replaceable and can be
purchased separately, you could 1) buy the tips alone and use your hand
power and 2) SAND the concave tips for a larger radius, by sticking
sandpaper outward on the bodytube of choice and using the tip without
sandpaper (reverse sanding? ;^ ).
Oops! Got carried away. But a GREAT tool. Pricey (~$120.00) but NEAT. You
_could_ use it around the house, I guess.... But who has time?!
David A. Butcher
Sr. Global VSAT Support Engineer
AT&T Tridom 1-800-874-3666,
840 E. Franklin Court, 1-770-514-3770
Marietta, Georgia, USA 30067-8946
PGR: 1-800-SKY-PAGE, PIN # 2885987
FAX: 770-429-5417 or 770-795-2132
HPR - Shoot for the Stars! ...and Blue Skies to 'Ya.