There are several projects that we are working on this year; we hope it will be a productive one:
- Nike-Tomahawk Data Project. Ever since 2004 when Dave Fitch met with Don Larson, an “old rocketeer” from NAR competitions past, Dave and I have been on-and-off sorting through Don’s collection of data regarding Nike-Tomahawk flight 18.26 IA to deal with data conflicts to ultimately present the rocketry community with an updated set of scale data drawings and photos. I am hoping to finish my drawings in the next few months and will be talking to Tom Beach about an article for Sport Rocketry magazine.
- Aeolus Scale Data. In conjunction with Al Pizzo, I plan to finish updated scale data for future inclusion in a NARTS data packet.
- Scale Drawings of Various Vehicles. I have been working on and off with Marc McReynolds, a long-time NAR scale modeler and NARAM scale judge, on a series of drawing sets that may appear in future editions of Sport Rocketry. Since Marc is in charge of this project, I’ll keep the details a secret, but I think you will be pleased with his selection of vehicles.
Possible Scale Kit
In addition to the various drawing projects, for the past several months we have been weighing the possibility of producing an Argo D-4 Javelin in 1:14 scale (that’s a BT-60 lower body tube) as a kit. At this early stage of development, we plan on having laser-cut basswood fins (through-the wall for the large booster fins) and cast resin for the nose and perhaps for the transitions. This would be a sport scale model with accurate part lengths and profiles but would not be a super-detailed kit. Possible release dates would be late 2013 or sometime in 2014. Whether or not we pursue this idea will depend on interest expressed by you, the potential customer, so feel free to let us know what you think!