I’ve worked with a bit of fiberglass through the years, in various applications. The G-10 type tubing and sheet sold for rocketry are very strong and durable. They are also heavy. My 2” Renegade (~1.3x upscale) weighs in around 2½ pounds with its heavy fiberglass nosecone. H-flights are marginal around 1500 feet.

Some of my minimal-shop-tool methods:

Build rockets from fiberglass tubes. They are nearly indestructible. I have one that has fallen from 3000’ on a tangled chute on one flight, then came in ballistic from 5500’ to core sample on another flight. It took nearly an hour to dig it up, but flew again without repair. (Really, I have witnesses.)

Submitted by: Tim Smith