This article is from the Model Rockets FAQ, by Wolfram von Kiparski with numerous contributions by others.
(Overheard from John DeMar and Bob Kaplow):
* Don't forget to remove the masking tape that you used to hold down
your helicopter rotors while attaching the thread. Makes it real
hard for those rotors to deploy!
... and it's cousin, the tape on the BG pod, and the rubber band on
the chute. Also don't forget to hook up the rubber band on the HD / BG
/ RG or it won't deploy at all.
* Don't open an egglofter OVER the check-in table.
...But don't bother with a bag either. If the egg breaks, the bag
usually breaks too. Better concentrate your efforts on not breaking
the egg than in controlling the mess. Besides, a bag just says that
you don't have faith in your abilities.
* Don't let Apogee Blackshaft(tm) tubing land on aluminum bleachers,
especially 2.5 meters of it coming down sideways. Especially at
...Never paint a superroc black. The black warps in the sun. A 6' long
banana shaped rocket flies a banana shaped arc thru the sky, often
intersecting with the ground plane :-(
* Don't run after long-drifting models through dairy farm fields
without looking down occassionally. There are obvious obstacles
(eyu!), but the old barbed wire across the shins is more painful!
And the random holes can really twist an ankle.
And never go anywhere where there is something that wants to EAT YOU!
In Florida at NARAM-24, this includes both fire ants and gators.
* Don't miss a chance to argue with Pink Book Lawyers, especially when
your boost glider carries 20ft of igniter cables with it, lands on
the ground still attached to the clips. Yes, it leave the launcher
and an official flight! ;)
What? *ME* argue with someone over the rules? You must be mistaken!
* Don't forget sunscreen.
...and now that the hairline is receding, the hat. Sunglasses too. And
bug repellent where appropriate.
* Don't catch models that must be allowed to land (eggloft, payload,
scale, pmc). Worse, don't let some other urchin catch yours, then
fall on it. DO be right there when it lands, so you can grab it the
instant it is down. I've had several rockets damaged when they blew
across the field after landing, including a HPR model at Danville
that used the tube as a shovel, filling up with 2' of mud after
dragging itself across state lines!
* Don't fly your NARAM models in that local contest a month earlier. I
remember a contest at the Michigan Space Center in 1987. I lost 4
models that weekend that were ALL needed for NARAM. One was a record
setting D RG that I flew in B RG, but thermalled away
anyway. Another was a B ELD model that was last seen going up!
Things that you just don't expect to lose at all.
* Don't fly an F7 in ANYTHING! If it doesn't blow up it will be
* Don't even bother entering PMC!