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X-16 Instructions

Updated: Jan 31





...Disclaimer...

Model Rocketry is a fun and safe family activity.

model rocketry is a science your results may vary depending on how you build the rocket. please read the National Association of Rocketry model rocketry safety code and the model rocket handbook.

My Instructions are meant as a guide and are not a guarantee of stability or function of the product.

This rocket has been tested and proven but your results may be different.

Launching rockets can be dangerous and requires adult supervision. you use our products at your own risk. OLLIE-OOP Model Rocketry is not responsible for any damages or injuries incurred from use or misuse of our products. you are responsible for the Contruction and stability of your rocket. please follow all safety codes and launch procedures as stated by the NAR handbook.

our kits are not intended to be modified. Please use the recommended engines.

Always follow the NAR safety code at www.nar.com





Personal note

Thank you for buying my kit. If you don't have a printer and need a copy of the instructions, please contact me and I will include a set with the purchase of the kit.

If you have any questions concerns or complaints or if you have any suggestions, please contact me anytime.

Special thanks to my friend Rob Caswell for all his help with kit. Especially the beautiful work on his build and pictures used on the face card and in these instructions. All the pictures of the painted X16 in these instructions and on the kits are his work and photographed by him.

Thank you, Rob.

Toby C.



NOTE: The NASA decals seen on the model in the pictures are not included.

The cockpit decal needs to be trimmed a little shorter on the ends to fit the modern nose cone. Test fit it before you trim it.




X16 Instructions updated 01-30
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Length 17"

Dia. .976 BT-50

weight 1.45 oz.

12" Chute

Recommended motors:

First Flight A8-3

B4-4

B8-5

C6-4

C6-5

Flys up to 1000'





PARTS LIST.

BT-50 Body Tube - 11"

BT-20 Motor Tube - 2.75"

Engine Hook

Centering Rings- 2

Balsa Fin Sheet - 1

Precut Cardstock fairings - 2

Waterslide Decals - 1 sheet

Nose Cone

Shock Cord - 1/8 x 18" Rubber

Parachute, shroud line, Tape Discs

Fin Alignment guide, Fin Marking Guide, Shock Cord Mount Sheet

Launch Lug

Clay Nose Weight






*Yellow wood glue and CA (super glue) are recommended.


STEP 1:

READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE BEINNING AND MAKE SURE ALL PARTS ARE COMPLETE.

THIS IS A SKILL LEVEL 3 KIT

IF YOU GET A PART THATS BROKEN OR INCORRECT, PLEASE CONTACT ME.


STEP 2:

Make two marks on the engine tube: one at 1” from the tail/aft end, the other at ¼” back from the forward end. Cut an 1/8” slot for the engine clip at the forward end mark. Gather the two centering rings. With one of them, cut a 1/8” wide and 1/16” deep notch out of the center (see photo below). This will allow the aft centering ring to slide over the engine clip.

Push one end of the engine clip in the 1/8’ slot previously cut. Then dry fit the centering rings as test. The notched on should slide over the engine clip and its trailing edge should align with the mark 1” from the tail. The other centering ring should go on the forward end, with its edge flush with the top of the tube.

Once you’re sure everything fit perfectly, remove the centering rings. Apply a bead of glue where the forward centering ring is to go, then slide the ring in place. Smooth out any excess glue. Now do the same for the aft centering right, making sure that the cut notch still aligns with the engine clip. Once both centering rings are in place, apply a bead of glue where they meet the motor tubes and smooth it with you finger to provide a filleted joint of extra strength.

(Special thanks to Rob C. for help with the wording on this step.)







STEP 3:

CUT OUT THE TUBE MARKING GUIDE AND WRAP IT AROUND THE BODY TUBE AND TAPE IT IN PLACE.

MAKE MARKS AT EACH LINE AND EXTEND EACH LINE WITH A DOOR FRAME OR T-TOOL.

MARK EACH LINE WITH THE CORRESPONDING PART.

TIP: MAKE MARKS AT THE VERY END OF THE TUBE SO THEY CAN BE SEEN FROM THE REAR. (Thank Danny Almond for that tip.)








STEP 4:


LOCATE THE FIN SHEET AND SAND BOTH SIDES THEN REMOVE THE FINS.

HOLD THEM ALL AT THE SAME TIME AND SAND THE EDGES FLUSH.

MAKE SURE TO SAND THEM ALL EVENLY, DONT SAND ONE MORE THAN ANOTHER. TRY TO SAND AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE.

balsa wood is very soft I recommend 600-800 grit sandpaper.