This Performance Rocketry Econoline kit is short (33 inch) and fat (5 inch diameter) and made from all fiberglass. It is similar to a Fat Boy on steroids with a pointy nose cone. The kit is designed with the experienced builder in mind as there are no instructions included. Additionally, the only parts included are the basic airframe parts. The builder needs to add motor retention, rail/rod connection, and the entire recovery system (including connectors to the airframe), and insuring along the way that the completed kit is stable.
- 05/17/2008 – purchased Performance rocketry Gizmo from Nocturnal Knight Rocketry for $90.00 (Retail – $99.00). Opened package, made scans of fins, parts list, centering ring and bulkhead.
- 05/19/2008 – Measured components and recorded on page 94 Book #3. Using 150 grit sandpaper, reamed the centering ring holes to fit over the motor mount tube. Mixed Hobby Lobby 30 minute epoxy and filleted the first centering ring joint.
- 05/20/2008 – Took picture of centering ring/motor mount tube. Silleted the remaining centering ring joint with 30 minute epoxy.
- 05/21/2008 – Cut aft end of fin grove in body tube to allow fin can to fit inside of body tube. Took pictures of slotted body tube can to fit inside of body tube.
- 08/22/2008 – Shaped fin to fit motor mount tube and centering rings. Epoxied one side of 2 fin joints.
- 05/23/2008 – Epoxied third fins joint. Slotted body tube from slot to end of body tube. Slide motor mount/fin assembly into body tube. Filleted centering ring and fin joints. Taped end slots with 1/2″ masking tape and filled with 30 minute epoxy. Filleted small area forward of fins. Simulated model and found it needs about 32 ounces of nose weight to become stable by one caliber. Cut a 3″ nose cone bulkhead out of G10 using Zip tool. Found out that was not good so enlarged 1/8″ hole to 1/4″, put eye hook into the hole and filed he edges.
- 06/05/2008 – Spray painted twice with Krylon #1315 White Primer.