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Old School Space Rocket... Whoosh!

by syvwlch, published

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Old School Space Rocket... Whoosh! by syvwlch Nov 24, 2008
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Description

This is a model of the classic pulp SciFi rocket, which takes the hero, the sidekick and the romantic interest, to the stars!

For something that fits in a 12"x12" sheet, this thing will tower nearly 15" tall, overawing any primitive aliens you are likely to meet. Well, the shorter ones anyway.

Heavily inspired by Herge's Tintin comics, which are a must read.

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Wow. I love it. Makes a great Christmas gift/stocking stuffer.
That's great news! Don't forget to take a picture and upload it here so we can see it!
Just made it moved some of the circles into the fins

looks cool

used 1/4 plywood wish the joints were tighter

going to give it to a neighbor kid as a puzzle :)

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Instructions

This was designed for a 12"x12" square of 1/8" material. The square is a reference for scaling, it is 1"x1".

There should be some play in the slots, so acrylic should work just fine.

The basic structure is based around three spines that hold the circular ribs together by a tongue and groove system, and the legs attach to the lower four rings by the same principle. There are little teardrop feet that slide into slots on the legs, purely ornamental.

I would have numbered the ribs but that would increase cut time and this makes your model a sort of puzzle as well!

Enjoy!
Wow. I love it. Makes a great Christmas gift/stocking stuffer.
Just made it moved some of the circles into the fins

looks cool

used 1/4 plywood wish the joints were tighter

going to give it to a neighbor kid as a puzzle :)
That's great news! Don't forget to take a picture and upload it here so we can see it!
Yay! Oomlout made a second one. :-)
Doh, Oomlout = Stuart. :-[
All I can say is well good. :)
syvwlch, you are on a roll, this is totally awesome! I'm going to have to laser one of these up here momentarily.
syvwlch - in reply to bre
Just ironing out the kinks in the Sketchup-
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gt;Inkscape workflow while having some fun! ;-)
bre - in reply to syvwlch
I made it and I have a few suggestions.

The rails/spines are too thin, I broke each one. Wouldn't hurt to have them 2x as thick.

I think circles would look better on the inside than hexagons, but that's just my opinion. :)

Hotglue works so much better than super glue.

A little stick/antennae to have come out the top would be nice, no mods to the design necessary for this one, just a little stick.

The fins would match the model more if they had slots in them to make them look more skeletal.

I'm really please with my derivative work! Thanks for creating and uploading this file!!!
How cool is that?

Barely a day old and miles away, it gets printed and modified and takes on a life of its own. I'm so proud of my little fledgling rocket. :-D

I'll start work on your suggestions.

PS: Love the video, by the way. It really clinched the physical reality of the Thing and was the best laugh I've had in while!
bre - in reply to bre
I made a video too! vimeo.com/2347414

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bre - in reply to bre
OMG, you could make the holes at the bottom the exact size needed for an estes rocket engine! Yay!
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