First up was the Canaroc FK-3, picked mostly because I have difficulty with metric conversions. ("You'd better get to know this because the USA will be converting to the metric system in the next few years." Mrs. Becker - middle school math teacher in 1975. Is 30 a few, Mrs. B?) Okay, so the metric system really didn't play into this as much as my ADD did. I had initially planned to build the Canaroc Orion first, and picked out a section of BT-50 to cut down on my lunch break. For some reason I checked before I cut and realized that .752 translates (more closely) to a BT-20 than a BT-50. Not to worry, because on the next page was the FK-3, whose .98 diameter is the rounded up equivalent to a BT-50s .976. Confused? Apparently I was, but it all worked out. Fins were cut from 3/32" basswood, both because it was on hand and because it finishes so nicely. The nose cone is our old friend the Estes PNC-50Y, a cone I seem to have in bulk in my shop.
Based on the catalog pic at Ninfinger and the scan at YORS, the decals look like they'll be inkjet friendly, which is cool because I recently laid in a new supply of paper. The FK-3 will be 18mm powered, perfect for the friendly confines of B6-4 Field.
The second rocket was actually the first I had planned on, the Canaroc Orion.
The BT-20 based Orion was as simple a build as the FK-3. The fins were done in 3/32" basswood, again for the sake of finishing ease and because I had the sheet handy. The nose cone has an interesting history. It's a foundling. It turned up several years ago when I was tramping through the woods at B6-4 Field in search of one of my own lost rockets. The cone has an orange base and was painted blue. I never owned such a cone, so that means that B6-4 Field was used by another rocketeer, quite a long time ago from the looks of it. In any case, it will get a second chance on the Orion. I'll need to make a base for it, but that's not a problem. The Orion will also be 18mm powered and probably subsist on a steady diet of A8-3s.
Gordon at Excelsior has this one on his site already, and the white lettering means that I'll need to order from him, so it's on my list for my next purchase.
The third and final project for today is one that not many are likely familiar with.
One cool thing I noticed. The parachutes have a space to write your phone number. Can trees read telephone numbers? That would explain all the odd calls I've gotten.