Me, scrambling to put the crazy ship together on a cliffside overlooking the Point Loma coastline in San Diego...while we were buffeted by 20 mph winds! This was stressful, but it was also exciting.
Photo credit Joseph Gruenthal.
I spent all 3.5 weeks of planning and assembly trying to figure out the fuel tanks. My plan was to use rubber balls, but couldn't find the right size, so I tried Mylar balloons. Despite Dre's heroic efforts, here, to save them from the wind, they were a bust. Photo cred: Christian Apolonio.
Finally assembled, I scrambled for a solution to the fuel tank problem, and finally just decided to cover the fuel tank mounting area in aluminum tape (which you can see in the next photo). A desperate, last-second attempt that worked out! Photo credit Joseph Gruenthal
Haphazardly storing components on my back porch. Very glad none of my neighbors complained about all the ridiculous contraptions I had there (I did my best to keep them out of the way and to not leave anything that would be a danger to their dogs!)
I was gradually coming up with solutions for how to get the panels to mount properly, but a lack of precision in some of my cuts and the crookedness of some of the 2x4s were together causing me a lot of problems getting the panels to all fit together in a non-ugly way.
By this point (the NIGHT BEFORE THE SHOOT), I had manhandled solutions into getting the panels to mount fairly well. I was stressed out and panicky, but I could see light on the horizon. And was about to get a few hours of sleep before the long, early drive to San Diego the next morning.
Detailed build plans created in Fusion 360 to aid construction. (The 3D model created to make these plans was used by the VFX artist to create the animation of the rocket launching at the end of the video)