Some Nifty Model Rocket Display Stands

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Blog entry by handsawgeek posted 04-25-2017 09:02 PM 771 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This past week, I’ve put on the shop apron and grabbed some woodworking tools to build some accessories for my model rocketry hobby endeavors.

In fulfilling my promise to Mrs. handsawgeek concerning limiting the model rocketry mess to a minimum and keeping things nice and pretty, I have been setting about fashioning some attractive display stands for the model collection.

Since I also enjoy the pleasures of hand tool woodworking, the new stands are built completely with vintage tools.

First, marking out the cut. The stand for smaller models are made from 1×4 pine. Actual size is 3 ½ “ square.

Cut made using a backsaw and bench hook….

Clean up the cut edges with a file…

Mark the center with an awl for boring a hole for a support dowel…

‘Old Timey’ brace and auger bit to bore the hole. In this case a number 6 auger is being used to make the hole for a 3/8” dowel.

One edge beveled at approx. 45 degrees using a smoothing plane…

The finished base section…

Cutting the 3/8” dowel to length with a razor saw….

Dowel glued into place….

A spent 13mm model rocket engine casing is glued to the end of the dowel….

Application of a little matte black acrylic paint…

And finally, a few squares of felt glued to the bottom of the base…

Another addition to a fine and dandy set of model rocket display stands!

Thanks for looking!


-- Ed

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#1 posted 04-25-2017 09:23 PM

very kewl looking rockets …...... I love the blue one ….... I bet the green and yellow one fly’s good ............... GREAT JOB :<))


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#2 posted 04-25-2017 09:41 PM

The blue model is an Estes Lynx.
The green and yellow model is a re-build of a 1970s Centuri kit, the Star Trooper. Estes has a newer current version, but it’s shorter than the original.

If you are interested, I write a model rocketry blog here:

These and other models are described in greater detail.

-- Ed

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#3 posted 04-26-2017 09:44 AM

Nice displays, Ed. Does Mrs. Handsawgeek approve?

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 04-26-2017 01:46 PM

Hi, Candy,
Yep, she’s good with it. A little reluctant at first, mainly because back in the 70s and 80s, I was over the top with rockets, being a very active member of the NAR and a local club. I would be gone for entire weekends participating in contest meets, and would be constantly buried in my cluttered up ‘rocket room’ building MORE rockets, or off to the hobby shops to spend MORE money.
I’m keeping the activity very low key this time around!

-- Ed

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#5 posted 04-26-2017 10:51 PM

Nicely done.
I recognize a couple of those from my childhood.
If I remember right, the one on the far left is a ‘Mosquito’.
I lost a few of these back in the day. Never did find where they landed! :)

-- There' are two theories to arguin' with a woman. Neither one works.

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#6 posted 04-27-2017 01:01 AM

Yep, The Mosquito it is…
I’ve actually launched this one 4 times to date all with successful recoveries. I only fly it on 1/4A engines, and in a park that features large, well-manicured lawns. Even then, it’s still a challenge!

-- Ed

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#7 posted 04-27-2017 02:41 AM

Nice stands! I used to have a club many years ago, but gave it up because I was traveling a lot for work. I used to build Mosquito- like rockets from bulk tube and balsa, with a wood plug (as in a plug to cover a screw in furniture) as a “nose cone”. We called those things “fire and forget”, because we never found them…especially if we put a 1/2A3-(X)T in them. 8^D We told the kids if they found them, they could keep them. Even painted safety orange or yellow, they got lost easily.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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