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Old 08-29-2010, 11:10 AM
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Another question: I'm trying to learn RockSim by playing with other peoples' files, and in some files I can find the facility to customize fin shapes (because it's already been done in the file)... and in others I cannot. Can I alter ANY fin set? Or just certain ones? And how do I find the button that can do this with ?

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Old 08-29-2010, 11:37 AM
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There are two standard 'fin' buttons on the RS main design panel.

'Fins' allows you to input parameters for typical trapezoidal or elliptical
fins. 'Custom Fins' allows you to plot the fin outline points.

Ring fin buttons are just below these.
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Old 08-29-2010, 03:07 PM
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There are two standard 'fin' buttons on the RS main design panel.

'Fins' allows you to input parameters for typical trapezoidal or elliptical
fins. 'Custom Fins' allows you to plot the fin outline points.

Ring fin buttons are just below these.


When I have the Fin Set selected in the hierarchy these buttons are not active.
How do I activate them?
Is there a step I am missing to do this? I see it functional in other files... how on this one?
Do I have to specify something in particular on the Fin Set? Can I not use a previous fin in an existing file and alter it?

I do not have access to these controls and need the info to tell me how to do so... please and thank you.

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Old 08-29-2010, 05:19 PM
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I do not have access to these controls and need the info to tell me how to do so

The RS design panel is context sensitive, meaning only the functions that make
sense/are valid at the moment are active.

When first starting a new rocket, only NC, BT, transition and sub assembly are
available. Fins can be attached to body tubes, so those buttons are activated when you
select a body tube on the left side component tree.

If working on an existing rocket, it will depend on how the fin set was originally defined
by the designer. AFAIK, you cannot switch from a standard fin set to a custom
fin set. The standard fins need to deleted, then re-added as custom.
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Old 09-27-2010, 09:47 PM
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OK, I'm trying to learn RockSim so that I might become a fully-fledged member of the rocket design process around here, and I am interested in NOT doing the ordinary. How does one:

1) Create something like a tube fin with any particularities I need (see the 'Dead Ringer' post in the Designer's Studio section); and

2) How does one create a set of attached fins perpendicular to a set of normal fins? Again, see the relevant post...

Thank you.

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Try using the pod feature for things you want to attach to the rocket. It takes a little playing around but it works. Especially for the perpendicular fins.
Let me know if it works for you. Cheers. nukemmcssret
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