2016 Space Derby Rocket – Tips from the Cubmaster – Pack 495 – Renton, WA

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  • 2016 Pack 495, Renton, WA Area Derby Rocket Guidelines and Award Classes
  • Pack 495 Area Derby Rocket Guidelines & Operations
  • Scout Store

Space Derby RocketsPack 495, Renton WA Scouts are wanting ahead to the 2016 Area Derby rocket occasion, which is anticipated to be an incredible occasion for the Scouts and their households. As we get nearer to this thrilling occasion, the Scouts will likely be working laborious to construct their Area Derby rockets to showcase their expertise and workmanship.

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I want to make sure that everybody has the data wanted to construct their Area Derby rocket and determine these Scouts that would really like some additional assist. Needless to say it is a Scout constructing exercise so work together with your Scout however don’t do all the work for them. They need to be studying how one can form the balsa wooden physique and put the propeller meeting collectively. Attempt to encourage your Scout to make the rocket as spherical and lightweight and clean as doable. Don’t overlook that there are additionally Craftsmanship Awards and there’s a new class for this occasion: Greatest Authentic Theme-Create one thing unique.

Here’s what I like to recommend for the construct:

  1. Stock all the elements and instantly place small elements in a tiny zip-lock bag for protected preserving.
  2. Evaluation the connected paperwork to get a greater thought of the foundations of the occasion and how one can construct the rocket.
  3. Utterly learn over the directions included with the Area Derby Rocket Package.
  4. Watch a YouTube video on how one can construct a Area Derby Rocket
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The Begin

Begin by sanding the within cavity/channel the place the rubber bands will rub earlier than gluing the 2 sides collectively. Enlarging this channel by sanding considerably is useful as effectively to forestall rubber bands rubbing on the wooden. You need this space and the surface to be clean.

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Selecting a Methodology

The movies and directions state two alternative ways of putting in the Rocket Hanger: between the edges or minimize into the aspect. Select which technique you suppose is finest. I like to recommend placing the Rocket Hanger between the edges by slicing a notch within the wooden and becoming the Hanger in place earlier than gluing the 2 rocket halves collectively to make sure the perfect match. Putting in the Hanger within the aspect of the physique encourages you to forcing the elements collectively which is able to doubtless harm the physique. Glue the Rocket Hanger and the 2 rocket physique halves collectively guaranteeing that the entrance and rear halves are aligned with one another (small maintain and enormous holes match) and let every part dry for a couple of hours.

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Shaping the Area Derby Rocket

Form the physique of the rocket utilizing sand paper and/or a potato peeler to take away a lot of the corners shortly. The instructions state that knifes shouldn’t be used and I agree. Knives can severely harm the smooth balsa wooden if not cautious. I like to recommend putting in the nostril cone (no glue) and letting your Scout use a potato peeler to strip away on the edgy corners of the block to make a spherical tubular rocket physique that tapers to some extent on the entrance all the way down to the nostril cone. Somewhat taper on the rear is ok as effectively, simply make sure you go away sufficient materials on the again for the rubber band dowel notch (see YouTube movies). The lighter and extra aerodynamic the physique the higher it’s going to fly. If the rocket in any respect resembles a sq. tube, take away extra wooden till it’s spherical.

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Rocket Design/Theme

Design a theme or paint scheme to your rocket. The Scout Store has sticker kits for Area Derby rockets or they are often bought at bnok.vn. Place masking/painters tape on the Rocket Hanger to keep away from portray it. Paint on the Rocket Hanger will trigger it to stay within the Rocket Provider after launch. Sand the surface of the physique very clean and apply a pair coats of paint, however no more than three. Paint will add additional weight. Take away the tape as soon as paint is totally dry. I’d not suggest utilizing tremendous glue apart from gadgets like maybe the wings. You will have the forgiveness of Elmer’s glue when placing the rocket collectively in case a mistake is made; it may be fastened earlier than the glue units.

Use care when dealing with the rubber bands. In the event that they contact sharp or abrasive objects, they will get scratched and can break extra simply. If testing your rocket with the rubber bands put in, make sure you steadily heat them up in accordance with the directions included with the package. They may last more this manner.

If the wings lengthen again previous the top of the rocket, it won’t meet the size specs within the guidelines so preserve that in thoughts.

I hope I’ve coated the main “stuff”. Get constructing and have enjoyable and call me in the event you get caught.

Jeremy Peery Cubmaster, Pack 495

The Area Rocket Derby will likely be held on the Pack 495 November Pack assembly.

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