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Book Review: I Still Have All My Fingers, by Dan Pollino

Review by Daniel Kirk

In this manual for building a 72-inch amateur rocket, everything but the parachute is repurposed or scratch-built, including the motor and propellant. The rocket accelerates to over 400 miles per hour in 3 seconds and travels to an altitude of 6,000 feet. The book, like the rocket, follows a modular plan. Detailed, well-written instructions and a clear photo explain each step. More than a cookbook, nearly every step explains why. Technique, tool, or material options are given for many steps, giving experienced rocketeers flexibility. This is not a project for a beginner, but if you’re at all interested in amateur rocketry, it’s good reading.

This is an excerpt from MAKE Volume 33.

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Laura Cochrane

I’m an editor at MAKE and CRAFT. I like hiking, biking, and etymology.


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