Designed for T-series mini engines.
Single stage, payload section, parachute recovery.
Length 10.25”, Dia. .757”, Wt. 5oz
Restored: 2016, June 28
The Hornet model rocket was purchased already built from a Colorado Springs hobby store in 1973. It was actually my very first ever model rocket, despite what the fleet number designation says.
The Hornet logged 16 flights between 1973 and 1984, coming through all of that fairly unscathed. It proved to be a very consistent, good-performing vehicle.
When my model rocket collection was sold in 1985, the Hornet and one other rocket were the only two models held back - for sentimental reasons, of course.
|The Hornet in 1975|
When my BAR activities began in 2016, the Hornet was rescued from its prison to undergo restoration.
The original shock cord was brittle, and broken in several places, so that needed to be replaced. While I was at it, the old school ‘slit-tube’ shock cord mount was repaired and filled, in favor of a newer mount system.
After several coats of CWF and sanding, the model was ready for a new finish. The payload and nose cone were left alone, because the original butyrate dope finish was still in very good shape. The only work required was to build up the nose block because of a rather loose fit in the booster tube.