From Danno's Rocket Wiki

Buster is the rocket I built for my NAR level 3 certification, which I achieved in November 2016. I spent about six months on the build (March through August 2016) and flew it for the first time at Airfest that year, on an L1355 motor. My certification attempt was Buster's second flight, on an M1401. Since then, I have flown Buster twice more: at Airfest 2017 on an M1850, and at a local SLRA launch on an M1500.

The kit is a Rocketry Warehouse Terminator 5 with an extended forward airframe section using a 36“ long tube in place of the 22” tube supplied with the kit, to allow for larger parachutes. It uses a Spherachutes 24“ heavy-duty drogue and a Fruity Chutes 84” toroidal main parachute deployed from a bag with Fruity Chutes 48“ toroidal pilot parachute. The nose cone detaches at main deployment and descend on the pilot parachute separately from the rest of the rocket. Deployment is handled by a MissileWorks RRC3, with an RRC2+ as an independent backup system. A TeleMetrum TeleGPS tracker is carried in the nose and a BigRedBee BeeLine tracker in the av-bay. Finally, a Mobius video camera is carried in an external shroud attached to the upper airframe, pointing downwards.

My Level 3 certification package is available; it contains more detailed design and build information.


RocketPoxy was used for most bonding of parts. JB-Weld was used to bond the motor retainer and y-harness to the motor mount. US Composites laminating epoxy was used over the top of the y-harness where it was bonded to the motor mount. Loc-Tite 2-hour marine epoxy was used for injecting internal fin fillets and to inject a fillet for the tailcone's centering ring.

The rocket was finished with Rustoleum sandable primer and Rustoleum gloss enamel. All of the graphics were made on my vinyl cutter, except for the "crash test dummy" stickers, which I bought on RedBubble.


Test flight at Airfest 2016, CTI L1355

Level 3 certification flight at Midwest Power 2016, M1401

Airfest 2017, M1850

SLRA launch (Addieville), fall 2017, M1500