Okay it’s February 26th and my procrastination has resulted in an adrenaline surge once I realized that the big launch day is only 9 days away. Motivation and anxiety are my companions for the week. One of my areas of major confusion is that the standard rocket instructions seem error prone. Several of the resources I have referenced recommend other methods for motor retention and recovery system. My favorite is that I’m told to never use an open eye bolt, yet that is what is provided as part of the rocket kit. So I went off on an adventure to find a closed/forged eye bolt to use instead. After trekking to Lowe’s, Home Depot, Ace Hardware, and Dixieline, I later learned that I have to order them online as they are not usually sold in retail. Sigh, so I ended up with U bolts as another work-around.
The fun part of the hardware store adventure was in Home Depot. I had to flag down a person for help. In the process of working through my random list of items, I told the Home Depot guy that needed this stuff for building a rocket. He thought that was the coolest thing ever. Rawkit Gurl sharing the love of rocketry throughout San Diego.
Now that I had the necessary items, I could start actual assembly. No more excuses. So I cracked open the bag of parts and began assessing the contents. The funny thing is that I am still uncertain about the names of the rocket parts. So inventorying what was in box was hilarious. Ended up emailing G pictures with lame questions about what’s what.
Panic set in when I started to over-think the motor retention design and the need for reinforcing the fin area. I ended up heading over to G’s for an intro to rocket parts session. It turned into a working session in the garage and learning how to use all the kewl power tools, like a belt sander and drill press, along with some time saving techniques. Wearing protective goggles and ear protection headphones, I understood why Tim the Tool Man made all those grunting and chest thumping noises. Damn, love me some power tools.
Returning home to my small space and little table to begin assembly was very dissatisfying. I covet G’s garage and tools. In a cramped space, I am more of a spaz with the epoxy and managed to get it everywhere. Items were stuck to the table, my new pair of jeans were ruined, and there was excess epoxy all over the rocket. It took forever to cure and had dripped.