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Merlin Missiles

The Sword

Description

Bored with the same old rocket kits? Tired of low quality kits and poor instructions? King Arthur would have been proud to brandish our first rocket kit, The Sword. Fitting to its name, it actually looks like a sword! The Sword is 42″ long and features a 1.8″ diameter body tube, a heavy-duty plastic nosecone, sturdy 1/8″ plywood fins, a 24mm motor mount (flies great on E & F engines), an 18″ Top Flight Recovery 6-line parachute, and detailed assembly instructions.

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Build History

  • 10/07/2006 – Purchased Merlin Missile The Sword from Bluegrass Blast 2006 for $35.00 (Retail – $35.00)
  • 10/19/2006 – Took pictures of components.
  • 10/20/2006 – Recorded measurements on page 48 Book #3.
  • 10/21/2006 – Scanned components and plans.
  • 12/28/2007 – Epoxied engine mount fillets using 30 minute epoxy.
  • 12/29/2007 –Filleted the forward side of the centering ring joints using 30 minute epoxy. Epoxied motor mount assembly into body tube with aft ends even.
  • 12/30/2007 – Made fin marking guide using spray glue and cardboard. Made a 4 fin marking tube guide for the body tube. Marked the launch lug half way between 2 fins. Made a mark around the body tube 10″ from aft end. Epoxied 4 large and 4 small fins to the body tube along guide lines. Positioned the large fins so the forward tip align with the 10″ mark and aligned the aft end of the small fins even with the aft end of the body tube.
  • 12/31/2007 – Filleted fin joints with 5 minute epoxy. Cut 2″ launch lug in half @ 45 degree angle. Epoxied launch lug so longer side was forward. Epoxied one at 10″ and one even with aft body tube end using 5 minute epoxy. Filleted one side of each launch lug.
  • 01/01/2008 – Filleted the other side of each launch lug.

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