Model Rockets and Photography

When I was younger I would build Estes model rocket kits and shoot them off in the large field next to my parents house.  This was always a lot of fun, especially since I tried to build the rockets that would “do” something, like convert the body into helicopter blades to softly land. One of the things I had always wanted to get was the rocket with a 110 camera built in.  That never happened, however, because of the cost involved.  Besides the cost of the rocket (which was at least $50 back in the 1990s), the camera only took one picture per launch.  Once you figure that rockets were $10-$12 for a three pack, you’re in deep just to use up a 24 exposure roll.  Oh, yeah, then you had to have it developed.

Now that I’m back in South Jersey I have available field space to start launching rockets again, but my old rockets are either broken, missing, or worth way too much money to strap lit explosives to.  The desire to take aerial pics of the area has led me to build this contraption.img_8130

It’s not much; some balsa attached to a notched-out cardboard shipping tube.  I bought a GoPro camera, but have a $5 yard sale digital camera strapped to the thing because I’m not *entirely* sure how it’s going to fly.  This is what happens when you start cutting before figuring out where center of gravity is.  I’m not even sure if it’s better to have the weight high or now on this thing.  I’ve always been a sucker for DayGlo test aircraft and NASA motherships, so the rocket got a nice high-vis paint job and a panel to record mission markers.  Hopefully I can get to plural.

Anyway, outta be fun to find out.  Now I’m just waiting for them to harvest the corn.


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