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I Still Have All My Fingers: How To Build A Big Sugar Rocket On A Budget Without Losing A Limb Paperback – November 5, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Inverse Engineering Press (November 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983523029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983523024
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #438,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dan Pollino's rockets have been featured on G4 TV's "It's Effin Science." His website InverseEngineering.com focuses on amateur rocketry in California.

Customer Reviews

This book is very well written and has lots of detail.
rm62rocket
All in all, a great book that is heavy on illustrative pictures and easy simple to follow step by step instructions.
Captainengine9
Try to build a similar rocket for how cheap you can do it with Dan's book.
Kevin Regan

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. T. Dickinson on May 31, 2011
Format: Paperback
With this attention to detail, it's no wonder that Dan Pollino still has all his fingers.

In this book, Dan takes us step by step through the construction of a fairly large (3" diameter) amateur rocket, capable of flights well over a mile into the sky. Each step is clearly illustrated, and -- as opposed to most step-by-step guides -- he explains the reasoning behind each step, explaining not only what to do, but why to do it, and why to do it in the particular manner that he recommends.

Even if the reader never builds the rocket project at the core of this book, it's impossible not to learn something from it. This is a great manual for understanding the "why" of amateur rocketry, from construction to the aerodynamics of flight, and the fundamentals of rocket propulsion.

I have every confidence that any experienced rocketeer, and most careful beginners, could complete the projects in this book safely, and build and fly the rocket described in these plans.

My only real concern is that a beginner would be unlikely to know all of the legal requirements to do so. Rocketry is regulated fairly heavily in the US, with federal, state, and local laws and regulations sometimes making it quite difficult to find a place to fly legally. At the federal level, for instance, flights of a rocket of this size would require FAA authorization (through the "waiver" process, which has a minimum of a 45-day lead time). Many states (including California) also impose licensing requirements for flyers, and many local jurisdictions don't allow rocket flights at all.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Britt Miner on July 22, 2011
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What it is: A specific set of plans and detailed instructions for how to construct and fly the author's particular model. If you'd like to see the details of how someone does it successfully, in minute detail, the book is superb.

What it isn't: A discussion of why the author made many of the choices he did, or what principles to follow if you'd like to do something a bit different. If you'd like to change the size of the tube, motor dimensions, or height of the rocket, or substitute materials you'll be left with little guidance.

I gave the book three stars, not because it's not an excellent set of instructions for building the author's model, but because it didn't meet my expectation of providing more general information. For instance, I had expected some parameters to guide in building a successful sugar motor rather than just plans for building a specific motor, etc., etc.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Poi Sen Pen on June 11, 2011
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If you buy only 1 book on rocket and motor construction, I Still Have All My Fingers is it. 396 pages of step-by-step instructions that anyone can follow; fully photographed and diagrammed, this book has no match (pun intended). If you were to buy two books on rocketry motor construction the second one would surely be Dan Pollino's other book, PVC Motor Construction.

This is no seat-of-your-pants, back-alley instruction manual that would cause your mother to cringe and your father to scream, "Not, in my garage, Mister!" It is a professional masterpiece supplemented by videos, templates, updates and photos at Mr. Pollino's website <...> - one of the best rocketry websites out there.

The author has more than enough rocket building experience to write a book of this nature, reinforced by the fact that his rockets and motors (the same type documented in this manual) have been featured on G4 TV's "It's Effin Science" television show. No small feat for a guy who builds humongous rockets using drain pipe, plastic wine glasses and ordinary sugar. And this book is just as sweet.

After a career writing technical manuals, translating geek-ese and programmer English into simple, understandable, normal human language, I have to say I'm jealous; this is the best manual (on ANY subject) I've had the pleasure to read. But let's face it: reading a how-to book is one thing. Following the instructions to a successful ending is another.

And that's where this book REALLY excels.

Each chapter is a module, instructing the reader on constructing a component of the finished rocket.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By CYOTTAEROSPACE on June 6, 2011
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Once again Dan has designed a phenomenal, relatively inexpensive rocket, and made it available to the public. I do truly believe, that with enough time, funds, and burning desire to send a flamin' missile into the sky, ANYONE can build and launch this rocket. Dan has made it simple. All the how to instructions make it impossible to get lost. he leads you every step of the way, like, for example: where to get the parts, and alternate and cheaper ways to construct you're very own rocket.

However,just remember, this isn't a project you will be able to knock out in a single weekend, or with just some spare change. even though this rocket is relatively inexpensive compared to other rockets of the same class, rocketry is an expensive hobby. also, because many of the parts are custom, and may not be found at a local hardware store, the project requires much shipping from online suppliers, adding to the build time significantly.

All together though, this is still one of the best guides on amateur rocketry out there. So buy it, and go build a rocket!
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