Re: [OldRockets] Extendable Fins for Model Rockets
- Tnx Mike & Steve - I notice I can't find a glossary term to cover
quick match and port fires around the site. The 1860's tube fins I
am familiar with seeing on the parachute rocket were actually
constructed of cardboard with a metal ring and eyelet riveting. I
don't think these rockets were designed to fire from tube
launchers. The extendable fins were designed to allow for the
rocket bodies to fit into valises or wicker pack mule side panniers
for easier transportation.
I'd like to kow if anyone on thjis list might be willing to do some
experiemtning to see if signal rocketry might be introduced to the
re-enacting community that might answer the call for achieving
greater safety over unduating fields of operations. Excepting
limited use of rocket pyrotechnics for signalling at seacoast
fortifications cannons can belch fire but rockets can not lift off.
I'm hoping with your help and better non-flamable ways to achieve
the same basic results, the re-enacting community could see better
preconcerted signals at their 1860's events and fellow rocketeers
might find another outlet for their services as Federal or
Confederate army signal corpsmen at these same staged re-creations.
Hmmm ... metal fins .. isn't there something in the NAR safety code
You mean something like this? :-)