Building, designing and launching model rockets is a great hobby that the whole family can enjoy doing; there is rocket fun for every skill level. There are a few things to consider when you begin your journey into model rocketry. Take this information into mind when purchasing your rocket and rocket accessories.
1) Open Area - It is very important you launch your model rockets in open areas, away from homes, businesses and NOT around airports. It is recommended to use an open field, like a farm or soccer field. Make sure to ask for permission first.
2) Even Ground - Launch your rockets from a level platform and always straight up. If the launch pad is tilted just a few degrees your rocket could end up several hundred feet away. Flying your rocket at a 90 degree, perpendicular angle....
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Robin: I saw your Facebook request for photos of hobbies people are working on. I thought you would like to check these out.
Chinook: Fantastic! Did you customize/paint it yourself? Tell me about this piece and why it's so special.
Robin: It's an SD45 I made about 3 years...yes I did everything to it. Athearn BLUE box
Chinook: Is there anything else you would like to share about this SD45?
Robin: (thumbs up) ATHEARN BLUE BOX DC POWERED pepped up a little bit... Jewel marker lights, air hoses, grab irons, fire cracker antenna, rotating yellow Bevin, installed handrails, good hooks, extra decaling on steps & body, custom painted & numbered number boards, center air hoses, box behind can near turbocharger cover, custom painted & decalled.... Here's more pictures
Model railroading is fascinating and has been dubbed by many as the “World’s Greatest Hobby”. It is very versatile and incorporates many learning opportunities and is so much fun for all ages. It includes creativity with sculpturing, painting, airbrushing, decorating and landscaping, and encourages scientific exploration of electronics, physics, mechanics, engineering and architecture, all combined with humour, friendship, family activities, social interaction, and the great sense of accomplishment.
Many people who visit us ask if there is significance to the letter referral to different size trains; N, HO, O, G, etc. The answer is YES!! We've compiled a list of all the scales and why they were named with that letter designation.
Please leave a comment after you've read this post and let us know what your thoughts on gauge and scale are and if this was helpful to you or not.
T - Ø 1:450 (referred to as 'Tiny' or 'Tokyo' as it was introduced at the Tokyo Toy Show in 2006)
ZZ - Ø 1:300 (Until the 2006 announcement of T scale, ZZ scale was the smallest commercially available scale for model railroads)
Z - Ø 1:220 (with all the letters identifying gauges Z became the smallest so they used the last letter in the alphabet)
N - Ø 1:160 (track gauge is 9mm, the N stands for Nine mm)
2mm - Ø 1:152 (similar in size to the slightly larger British N scale at 1:148 and the slightly smaller European/American N scale at 1:160; it predates both versions of N scale)
TT - Ø 1:120 (referred to as Table Top as it fit so easily on coffee tables)
3mm - Ø 1:101 (also known as 3 mm finescale, is a model railway scale of 3 mm: 1ft used for British prototypes. Introduced as British TT gauge)
OO- Ø 1:76 (Runs on HO track and is the British counterpart)
HOn3 - Ø 1:87 (The "n" in HOn3 stands for 'narrow gauge', HOn3 is still HO scale)
HO - Ø 1:87 (Half O or ‘aitch oh’)
S - Ø 1:64 (First named Standard Gauge then to represent that Scale that was half of 1 gauge which was built to 1:32 scale)
On3 - Ø 1:48 (is narrow gauge O scale)
O - Ø 1:48 (was referred as zero (or 0h) gauge)
G - Ø 1:22.5 ( G stands for Garden)
Live Steam - Ø 1:2, 1:4 or 1:3 scale (Ridable, large-scale, powered by steam)
Gauge refers to the width of the track, measured between the railheads. Different from scale, which is proportion to life-size.
At present, Chinook & Hobby West carries three Scales of Model Trains for Sale: O scale, HO Scale, and N scale. This article was researched through Atlas, Kato, NMRA and Bachmann.
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July 1st, 2015 we had a chance to visit the Alberta Railway Museum. First we went through the open air museum, then we got a special behind the scenes tour. So on behalf of Chinook & Hobby West, the Gale family and of course, the Alberta Railway Museum - enjoy!
What's greeting you at the beginning?
CP GP30 - 1 of only 2 that CP owned this one is just a husk and very cool to see one live and not just in photos
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Building a Model
-Use the minimum amount of glue necessary to make a solid bond.
-Enhance your assembled model by filling in gaps with putty and carefully sanding the filled surface.
Come down and see us at Chinook & Hobby West or email us if you have any questions.
Painting Your Model
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Summer is a great time to take up Model Rocketry. Who wouldn't want to see something get 'blown-up'.*
Flame resistant recovery wadding protects the recovery system and is necessary to launch model rockets. Although it looks like toilet paper or thin paper towel, it is NOT the same! Wadding is specially treated to protect your parachute and rocket from melting or exploding so you get the maximum enjoyment out of your model rocket.
#3556 - Pro Series II™ Recovery Wadding
Flame resistant recovery wadding is necessary for launching model rockets. It prevents ......
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