ROCKET DERBY KITS A DISASTER
Michael Smith (msmith@EMST-DC.PLANSYS.COM)
Thu, 7 Dec 1995 11:03:09 EST
Our pack is going to hold a Rocket Derby for the first time this year. I had
just bought 92 rockets (yes, we have a big pack) from the catalogue and
distributed them to the scouts.
I guess at some point, the "makers" of the kits decided to go from balsa wood
to styrofome (sp?). I guess this is OK, BUT WARNING WARNING WARNING, the
instructions in the kit were written for the balsa wood rockets (i.e., not
updated to reflect the change to styrofome bodies). If the kids follow these
instructions, they will destroy their rockets!!!!
You cannot use the glues specified in the instructions on styrofome....it
totally disintegrates it! Also, their directions on using a potato peeler
and/or knife will also pretty much destroy the kit. We also found that using
many of the kinds of paint promoted for hobbies, pinewood derby cars, etc.,
will destroy the styrofome.
If anybody gets these "new and improved" kits, PLEASE WARN YOUR SCOUTS about
this problem. I have already been confronted by about 20 scouts, almost in
tears, because they followed the directions and distroyed their rockets.
Planning Systems Incorporated
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City