SQUIRREL WORKS Model #SW-004
Designed to appear single stage on the pad, this model rocket is sure to excite onlookers when it separates. The low drag design ensures great flights. Tumble recovery on the booster, streamer recovery on the main body. Kit includes laser cut fins and water slide decals.
- Length: 24.125″
- Body Diameter: 0.976″
- Weight: 1.6 oz
- Recommended Motors:
- Single Stage: A8-3, B4-4, B6-4, C6-5
- Two Stage Upper: A8-3, B6-6, C6-7
- Two Stage Lower: B6-0, C6-0
- Two Stage Design
- Water Slide Decals
- Laser-Cut Fins
- Balsa Nose Cone
- Gold Mylar Streamer
- 02/08/2004 – Took pictures of package, opened it and took pictures of contents. Scanned fin sheets, fins, nose cone, decal, display card and plans.
- 02/17/2004 – Cut a piece of Kevlar cord equal to the length of the main body tube and tied it to the engine block. Glued the engine block into the upper engine tube flush with the forward end. Marked the booster engine tube 5/8″ from both ends and glued centering rings. Filleted each ring. Marked the upper engine tube 5/8″ from the opposite end of the engine block and glued a centering ring 5/8″ from that end and the other centering ring flush with the end of the upper engine tube containing the engine block. Filleted the centering ring joints. Sanded the edges of all fins using an emery board and sanded the surfaces with 320 grit sandpaper. Rounded the leading edges of the upper body tube fins. marked the stage coupler at midpoint and glued one end into the booster body tube to the mark. made a copy of the body tube marking guide and marked the upper and lower body tubes. Extended the guide lines. Tied the shock cord to the Kevlar cord. This will anchor the shock cord instead of the shock cord mount.
- 02/18/2004 – Glued engine tube inside main body tube and glued engine tube assembly into booster stage body tube.
- 02/20/2004 – Taped booster and upper fins together with masking tape. Glued fins to booster tube and upper body tube as a single unit. Made sure the booster tube fin guide lines matched the upper tube guide lines. Glue was carefully applied to the root edge of both fins, leaving a very small glue gap between the booster and upper fin areas. This technique should keep the booster fin in alignment with the upper fins making them look like a single unit. Allowed glue to dry overnight.
- 02/21/2004 – Noticed the fins glued last night did not fit correctly against the body tube. There were gaps in the lower section of the upper fin. To remedy this problem with the other two fins sets, the root edge was resanded to even up the booster and upper stage. Glued the second fin set to the body tube. Glued the last fin set to the body tube. Cut the launch lug in half and tapered the ends with a hobby knife. Glued one launch lug wven with the rear of the upper tube and the other 3″ from the rear of the other body tube. Filleted all fins and launch lug joints. Glued screw eye to nose cone base.
- 05/10/2004 – Applied balsa filler to fins and nose cone.
- 05/24/2004 – Sanded balsa filler with 220 grit sandpaper.
- 06/03/2004 – Reapplied balsa filler.
- 06/30/2007 – Printed fin sheet for first and second stage.
- 07/01/2007 – Cut out printed fin sheet so it would fit on a 0.1″ thick balsa sheet fin stock. Glued the patterns for the first stage and upper stage fins to the balsa stock with spray adhesive. Using a razor knife and straight edge, cut out the fins. Removed the paper after cutting out fins.
- 07/02/2007 – Removed remaining fins and glue from first and second stage body tubes using dremel tool and emery boards.
- 07/08/2009 – Sanded model with 400 grit sandpaper and wiped down with paper towels. Spray painted nose cone, body tube and fins with Krylon Gloss White #51501.
- 07/24/2009 – Mask body and one fin. Spray printed nose cone and two fins Krylon Banner Red Gloss #2108.
- 07/26/2009 – Removed masking tape and masked other fins and body tube. Spray painted with Rust-o-lium #125-3269 Yellow. When dry, removed all masking tape.
|01/07/2012||Sim’s Farm||BS55||B14-0/C6-7||Good flight straight up. The B14-0 was manufactured 7-2-70 and performed beautifully. The upper stage continued to apogee arched over and the ejection charge fired releasing the streamer. The upper stage was recovered a few feet shy for the field fence West of the launch site. Thanks again Jeff for recovering the booster. Noticed the aft end of the booster is starting to get soft from the exhaust gases. Model requires a miner fin repair due to breakage during motor removal.|
|04/08/52012||Sim’s Farm||BS56||B6-0/A6-4||Good Flight. Booster landed E of launch pad and Upper stage landed S of launch pad.|
|C6-0/B6-4||Good Flight. Landed near creek SE of launch area.|
|11/17/2012||BS62||B14-0/C6-7||Good flight straight up. The B14-0 was manufactured 7-2-70 and performed beautifully. The upper stage continued to apogee arched over and the ejection charge fired releasing the streamer. The upper stage was recovered a few feet shy for the field fence West of the launch site. Thanks again Jeff for recovering the booster. Noticed the aft end of the booster is starting to get soft from the exhaust gases. Model requires a minor fin repair due to breakage during motor removal.|