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Requirements - Kit Assembly

During the build session, your group will be assembling a model rocket kit made from paper, wood, and cardboard.  Once complete, this model will be capable of extreme speeds during launch, in some cases exceeding 350 MPH depending on the model chosen and the motor selected.  It is strongly recommended that you get a kit ahead of time and build it yourself to become familiar with all of the steps, the materials and tools to help prepare you for delivering this to your students.

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Please review this list and be sure that you have adequate quantities on hand for the build.  It is recommended that each student have a complete set of tools and supplies for themselves, however sharing of some supplies can be done.

Provide each student with the following:

  • Large, flat, well lit work space.  Enough room so that the student can open their instructions and have room to work on their model without interfering with another student.
  • Pencil (do not use pens or markers during assembly)
  • Ruler
  • Hobby knife (see note below)
  • Cutting board (to protect the work surface from knife cuts and glue)
  • White or yellow glue (glue sticks and hot glue are NOT suitable for these builds)
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape
  • Hole punch (see note below)
1) Hobby Knives: Most any kit requires the use of a razor knife for some steps.  Kits like the Flea that come with sheets of balsawood need to have their fins cut out with the razor knife.  However even rockets with laser cut fins may need to have a small slit cut into the motor tube to accept an engine hook, if included (Triskelion and Rhino are good examples).  Hobby knives are sharp tools and need to be treated with respect and care.  We recommend an X-Acto
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#11 knife as the most suitable knife for most model rocketry construction.  NOTE: Box cutters and large utility knives are very cumbersome and do not work well with the fine cutting that is often needed with regard to rocketry.  Also, with regard to models that simply need a slit made in the tube, the group leader (teacher) can opt to do this step ahead of time on each motor tube to remove the need of a razor knife for the assembly.
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2) Hole punch: This is used to make a small notch in the black centering rings of some of our kits (Rhino and Triskelion, for example).  These notches can be made with scissors or a razor knife, but we have found that a hole punch is the best overall tool for the job.  If you don't have enough to go around, this is another example of a step that can be done by the teacher while doing the construction.  Simply review the instruction step for this to see what needs to be done. hole_punch.gif (8451 bytes)

Download the full check list here!

Now, on to Finishing Requirements!

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.  Our goal is to help you be successful and to have fun with your group!  You can send inquires to:

FlisKits, Inc.
Education Dept
6 Jennifer Drive
Merrimack, NH 03054

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