I was sitting in my shop, waiting for some glue to dry, and started looking
at my THOY Phoenix kit (see below *) which got me to wondering...
The Phoenix kit has a regular rocket-cardboard body tube, and plywood CR's
Why wouldn't I build this with plain ol' yellow carpenters glue instead of
epoxy? The recommended motor list is G125, H55, H70, H120, and H100. Way
bigger than I'm used to.
It seems to me that the glue would be as strong, probably stronger, than
epoxy given the materials. Except for some epoxy fillets for the fins for
cosmetic purposes, the weight savings by using yellow glue might bring the
finished weight closer to the 'listed' weight than what normally happens.
Instead of fibreglass, why not use heavy bond paper in the body/fin joint?
Given the premise of using yellow glue wherever possible. The Phoenix is a
fin snap waiting to happen, so I think something is needed.
Let's hear some discussion! :)
(* from above)
I won my THOY Phoenix in the monthly drawing at Magnum Hobbies
website! I was home sick one day, and Ross called, verified my address,
and said it'd be arriving soon. He wasn't kidding, before I knew it I had
this too-cool rocket kit, and was scaring hell out of my neighbors with the
tube/nosecone combo (I fly little rockets). LOL
I'm waiting for winter to build it, I'll take my time and do it right.
It incorporates some new techniques in construction; stuff I've heard of,
but never done. Looking forward to it. :)
If you haven't tried Magnum, you should. I'm a very satisfied
customer! Link from my site (even more below), or Rocketry Online.
"It is well to remember that the entire universe, with one
trifling exception, is composed of others." John Andrew Holmes
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