Sunward Aerospace Group Limited is a friendly and family owned
private incorporated company operating out of Toronto, Canada.
We produce an exciting and high quality line of Wood Kits,
Educational Products, Model Rockets, Jet Fighter Model Rockets, parts,
Some engine mounts may appear small when gluing them in. Most
introductory kits may have some parts looser than other kits to allow
the beginning builder some allowance for error. This will not be a
problem as the glue will cause it to expand. The additional tightness
for the mount comes from the engine clip when it is installed.
Some Mounting Kits will come intentionally a little tighter - usually
on high power mounts. This is from feedback from users who prefer a
tighter fit. This also allows variations in humidity and elevation.
Toronto has an elevation around 300'/ 100m.
Less is More
Less glue and paint means the rocket is lighter allowing for a higher
White vs Yellow glue.
White glue is more than acceptable for assembly of the rocket kits on
this site ( unless noted.) Yellow glue, also know as carpenter's glue,
has the same strength as the white glue. But since it is made for the
wood industry, it has additives to make the 2 pieces bond initially
faster - more tact. In rocketry, this will cause components to join,
permanently, once they touch.
Hot Melt Glue
Do not use hot melt glue in any kits from Sunward as it is not
strong enough and will tend to stretch.
Plastic Nose Cone Painting
After assembly, clean the nose cone with alcohol or cleaner. Then use
extra fine sand paper should to remove all glossy areas before painting.
If any gloss remains, it may cause the paint to flake.
A second method is to prime the nose cone. This may be done with
primer available from hobby stores. ( Primer will say it will adhere to
Balsa Nose Cone Painting
Apply a sanding sealer, and then sand. Repeat as needed. Make sure the
sealer is compatible with the paint you are planning to use.