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28th March 2010, 06:20 PM
The Memphis TN areas Mid-South Rocket Society was kind enough to invite Trudy and I to their launch on Saturday. When Marie contacted us, her invite ran something like this:
"We are having a 100 child launch on Saturday and would like to see you there. The local youth have access to basic Estes kits but we would like them to be exposed to something different, something a little less ordinary."
My first reaction was to wonder what motor class one would use to launch a child.
But like any other motor/projectile question, it really only depends on diameter, mass and motor size, so I didn't ask.
We were very pleased to receive such an invite, after all our stock and trade are kits that are different and out of the ordinary.
The event was a youth centered and included contests, drag races and general good times for all.
28th March 2010, 06:22 PM
Here are a couple of photos of the check-in line and all the happy faces:
It wasn't visible in the photo, but on the way to Memphis Trudy had drawn a Commander Willy's Red Rocket on the white banner on the tall pole. It looks great!
28th March 2010, 06:25 PM
Here is a pic of the event coordinator, I believe his name was Bill:
(If I am mistaken about Bill's name, someone please speak up)
28th March 2010, 06:26 PM
Here is Bill checking out our goods:
28th March 2010, 06:29 PM
Unfortunately, the autofocus on my Nikon and I were not getting along so a majority of the photos came out blurry.
One of which is the Drag Race lift-off:
And they are off!
We missed the name of the winner, so if someone would post the winners name we would be grateful.
28th March 2010, 06:34 PM
This young man had a rough day....
If took about four attempts to launch his rocket, but when it finally get off the pad if took a core-sample.
He took the bad news like a champ.
28th March 2010, 06:36 PM
Here is an Astrocam launched by a young man that kept us company for most of the afternoon.
Once again, I didn't write down the name so I forgot it like all the rest I didn't write down.
28th March 2010, 06:41 PM
Trudy got into the spirit of things by striking a dance pose in front of a plethora of rockets brought by our hosts.
Unfortunately the wind was whipping pretty well so they didn't fly any of these dab boys.
28th March 2010, 06:43 PM
He is the Binder Design stealth looking beast that Trudy was standing in front of.
Very cool looking....
28th March 2010, 06:50 PM
One of the more entertaining flights of the day was this fellow on a G18.
As luck would have it I lost track of the rocket before the flight got interesting. SHortly after the last shot it nosed over and came in ballistic not too far from the flight line.
It stuck nose down in the soft soil and continued to smoke as the delay charge burnt. Then, on cue, the ejection charge blew the rocket out of the ground and a laugh was had by all.
28th March 2010, 06:54 PM
Our gracious hosts asked us to launch a couple of rockets as a demo for the kids, so first up was the Screamin' Green Meenie', proudly displaying the new decal we include with the kit.
The decal was produced by StickerShock, who does great work.
Up and away on a D12-3!!!!
And a safe recovery:
28th March 2010, 07:00 PM
Next up was the King Kraken!
Since the wind was so brisk this was about the only choice I had for MPR, most of the flyable models on hand had way too much fin area for a reliable flight.
The KK displays the new decal we now include with the kit. Once again it is produced by Stickershock.
Lift off on a Road Runner G80-4
Here is the second flight on a G64-4
Most of the young flyers had never seen anything larger than a C motor, so they were very impressed by the performance of the G motors.
28th March 2010, 10:41 PM
And finally, I was lucky enough to have my very own retrieval team to fetch my rockets after recovery. Here they are!
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