AUK XIII - L2 Build

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AUK XIII - L2 Build

Postby Digit » Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:56 pm

My favorite part of October Sky is the hunt for Auk XIII after they discover they didn't start the forest fire.
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Auk XIII is also my favorite rocket from both the movie and the book, so much so that I made myself one:

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I have not had a chance to set up the workshop after recently moving house, so what better place to work than outside :)

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54mm 6Gxl motor mount assembly.

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Trying a new shock cord attachment technique.

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4 fins epoxied in (double buttered CJ :wink: )

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Epoxy syringe for internal filleting work.

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Example of the fillet from syringe.

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Fin can voids filled with expanding schmoo for extra reinforcement, this was then trimmed flat and rear centering ring epoxied in.

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External fillets layed up.

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After hours of sanding, undercoat was applied (note my high tech spray booth setup).

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Yellow applied.

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My best fillets yet!

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Masked up for second colour.

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Black applied.

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Success!

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Auk XIII on the pad at WARS' Williams "Wildfire" Westernationals 2018

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And safely recovered from 5600 feet on a J145 SK LB for a successful L2 certification flight :mrgreen:
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Re: AUK XIII - L2 Build

Postby RainierWolfcastle » Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:22 pm

Congrats on the L2 and awesome flight, looked great on the way up! Image
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Re: AUK XIII - L2 Build

Postby RainierWolfcastle » Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:52 am

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Re: AUK XIII - L2 Build

Postby str8up » Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:24 am

Well done Lach.

Did your AUK XIII start any forest fires??? A good grass fire would have done. (Private joke)

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Re: AUK XIII - L2 Build

Postby Digit » Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:21 am

Awesome photo, thanks mate.

str8up wrote:Did your AUK XIII start any forest fires??? A good grass fire would have done. (Private joke)


It takes a special kind of talent to light dirt on fire, but I’m sure you could have managed :lol:
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Re: AUK XIII - L2 Build

Postby drew » Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:37 pm

Top work Digit. That was a great flight. :D
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Re: AUK XIII - L2 Build

Postby SpaceManMat » Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:11 pm

Nice work. Congrats on the L2 8)
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Re: AUK XIII - L2 Build

Postby Viking » Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:06 pm

Very nice work, and congrats again on the L2!

Digit wrote:Fin can voids filled with expanding schmoo for extra reinforcement, this was then trimmed flat and rear centering ring epoxied in.

Release the schmoo! :D
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Re: AUK XIII - L2 Build

Postby october sky » Fri Jun 08, 2018 4:42 pm

Mate, that is awesome . L2 on a true classic. I think Homer would be proud. That is just so cool as I think you know and most know about my fondness for the book and movie. ! 8)

Ps. Warren...I like that bit about grass fires.... :lol:
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Re: AUK XIII - L2 Build

Postby air.command » Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:05 pm

That's great! Very well done 8) Congratulations on your L2!
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Re: AUK XIII - L2 Build

Postby CATO » Sun Jun 10, 2018 12:18 pm

air.command wrote:That's great! Very well done 8) Congratulations on your L2!

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Re: AUK XIII - L2 Build

Postby Digit » Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:26 pm

"There are very few personal problems that cannot be solved through a suitable application of high explosives"— Scott Adams

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Re: AUK XIII - L2 Build

Postby october sky » Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:36 pm

Great sound mate ...well done and congrat's..... 8) :)
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Re: AUK XIII - L2 Build

Postby joeman » Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:53 am

Well done :D
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