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Rocketry R&D, Scale Model Rocketry Design

This page contains articles on advanced model rocketry, with a focus on scale model design and construction, mission events (flight profile), and Research and Development.  Additional articles related to CAD Design and 3D Printing can be found on our CAD Tips page.

  • PVC Spider     
    Development of a device for reliably igniting large clusters of Estes motors (especially useful for scale modelers).
  • Booster Recovery (Gap-Staging)     
    Staging and Recovery methods for gap-staged models:  two FAI-style methods courtesy of Bob Biedron and a design used in the 1:17.5 scale Black Brant XII model.
  • “Bolt-Together” Model Construction     
    Summary of the “bolt-together” assembly method used on the 1:59 Scale SA-5 Saturn I model, along with some things to consider when designing a bolt-together model.
  • Saturn I & IB Construction Tips     
    Some things to consider when scratch-building Saturn I or IB models of various scales, including two design options for the clustered tank transition section.

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Spacemodeling Rocketry R&D CAD Design
Spacemodeling Rocketry R&D CAD Design
Spacemodeling Rocketry R&D CAD Design