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  1. #61
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    Rocket garden progress.

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    Charles McGonegal
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles_McG View Post
    Rocket garden progress.

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    Very cool! Are you trying to duplicate any particular rocket garden?

    Steve Shannon
    L3CC, TAP, Director, Tripoli Rocketry Association

  3. #63
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    I'm not trying to replicate a particular one.

    I started with the Merc Atlas to complement my Merc Redstone.
    And then though that a Gemini Titan would fit in nice.
    And then realized I wasn't going to manage 1/35 Saturns, so I started over at 1/100.
    At some point, I noticed the resemblance to the KSC space garden.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles_McG View Post
    I'm not trying to replicate a particular one.

    I started with the Merc Atlas to complement my Merc Redstone.
    And then though that a Gemini Titan would fit in nice.
    And then realized I wasn't going to manage 1/35 Saturns, so I started over at 1/100.
    At some point, I noticed the resemblance to the KSC space garden.
    I think 1/35th scale Saturns would be great!
    Steve Shannon
    L3CC, TAP, Director, Tripoli Rocketry Association

  5. #65
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    This is the point in the discussion where my boys start chanting 'Big Ger! Big Ger! Big Ger!'
    Charles McGonegal
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  6. #66
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    So I happened upon this thread and it inspired me to go dig through my stash. I had one of these kits at one time and though I remember starting it, I never finished it. I've rearranged and relocated the stash a few times and didn't remember seeing it so I thought perhaps it had gotten lost or trashed in a move and had written it off. I happened to look in a "Model Rocket Range Kit" box that I'd been overlooking thinking it was just a launchpad and controller, and to my surprise, it was my Mercury Atlas kit! Looks to be pretty much totally intact so I suppose I'll need to move it up in my build queue.

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    Estes 2111 Mercury Atlas build

    Wonderful. Pics - or it didn't happen.
    Charles McGonegal
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    Both the 1:100 scale flew today at Bong. Both were unstable. Gus went for a swim in the pond, but was rescued quickly and is fine. John broke of the fins on one side, and I'm rethinking Wally at 1/35th scale. I decided it was too windy to fly the big Atlas.

    (I did get my L1 cert flight in, though).
    Charles McGonegal
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    Dog food bowls for blast deflectors...That's a new one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woody's Workshop View Post
    Dog food bowls for blast deflectors...That's a new one.
    That caught my eye too. I like it!
    NAR # 37682

    All the weird kids are doing it!

    If at first you don't succeed... You're about average.

  11. #71
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    It's a really nice set up. Each rod is in an easy-tightening chuck, on an alt/az mount, on a male compressed air fitting. Each spot on the rack has the female quick disconnect. Each rod has a piece of (SS??) tubing on it that extends above the blast shield and has a little washer on top - built in stand off. I haven't checked/asked how much launch rod is lost - what effective length remains.

    It's a nice system to use.
    Charles McGonegal
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    On the pad for a nice flight. I think it could use a little more thrust than a D12.

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    Charles McGonegal
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    Charles McGonegal
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    looked like a text book Mercury Atlas flight to me! well done!!

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    If that was a D12, it did pretty well. I would say that you did very well! I think that there have been many flights of this model with a D12 that have not gotten high enough for the parachute to open in time. Your model is probably nice and light. Again, congratulations to you! I would recommend a composite 24 mm motor.

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    It did fly pretty well. And I haven't weighed it yet, but I don't build too heavy (mostly).

    Just something about the way it flew in next to no wind suggests that it's not got a ton of margin.

    I have some AT 24/40 cases and reloads, so I'm good on composites, and I concur.

    The 1/100 scale Cg is in about the same place, and it skywrote. But in high wind, like 15-17mph. Maybe it's heavier, and not coming up to launch speed off the rod? Time for some simming and backyard test flights.
    Charles McGonegal
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    SEVRA just got donated one! No box but everything appears to be there.

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