It’s been awhile since I last wrote a post for this blog, so here is an update on the handsawgeek world….
Doubtless, many of you have other interests and hobby pursuits that run in parallel with woodworking.
I’m the same way.
Occasionally, something will spark, and I find myself ‘binge-ing’ on another interest for a short time, at the expense of putting off work on the current woodshop project.
That’s what’s occurred recently.
The latest of these diversions is model rocketry.
Before the days of becoming a woodworker, I was a very avid model rocket enthusiast. Built and flew hunnerts of them between about 1973 and 1983. Was an active member of the NAR, and participated in lots of large regional model rocket contests and events.
So, in early May, I happened to get in touch with one of my old model rocket cronies from back in the day. Unlike me, he never quit the hobby, and has been active all these years.
This lit a fire under me.
I found some of my old rocket stuff stored away in a RubberMaid tote, items that I had withheld from the sale of most of my rockets in 1985. I found also my old home-built launcher and controller.
Then I got on the Wonderful World Wide Web to see what the state of model rocketry is these days. I was astounded to find that there were many other folks like me – ones who had been in the hobby back in the early days, put it down for years, then got back into it in recently. We’re called ‘BAR’s’. Born-Again Rocketeers.
I was also delighted to find that plans for all the old vintage kits are available for download – all those cool Estes and Centuri rockets form the ‘60s – ‘70’s golden years.
Then it was off to the hobby outlets to pick up a few new kits and engines.
Of course my first project was a restoration of my first ever model rocket built in 1973.
This was how I found it from years of careless storage…
And here it is now, after some careful re-building, and re-finishing. It’s now ready to launch. The last time it flew was in 1981!
This project hasn’t been entirely devoid of woodworking, though – that stand holding the model was hand cut and the beveled front formed with a hand plane. It will eventually get a finish and a model name tag and clear plastic cover added.