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  1. #31
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    Probably not this year but quite possibly at GHS later in the year. May make the Spring Blast launch though. Oz Backman
    Just a pic of my PML Amraam and my PML Ariel of which both have been highly modified.

  2. #32
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    Gary T
    When will PR be ready to pump out some of their scale kits?
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  3. #33
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    SCALE - Nike Smoke Gallery

    Cross-posted in Midpower Forum:

    I'd been trying to find a midpower-sized Nike Smoke kit for under $100, and discovered that Discount Rocketry (ModelRockets.us) had an in-house kit made of the famous sounding rocket, characterized by its unique red-and-yellow fin pattern, short, squat body, and conical nosecone, which housed a liquid titanium-chromate mixture designed to emit smoke for meteorological purposes.

    The kit came nicely packed in a clear plastic envelope. Instructions were well-written and easy to comprehend. Materials were of high grade - nice, hard, flat 1/8" ply which is laser cut, a pre-cut centering ring set which snapped together beneath the tube to form a rigid TTW, fin-can-style of construction, and a polyurethane nose cone which looked a little sad, but cleaned up really well. Recovery materials are top grade - the chute is a thick type of nylon which seems to naturally open up. The generous 2.64" body tube gives the chute plenty of room for loose packing and easy body-tube-evacuation. The kit comes with two "United States" decals; they look like they're on slide paper but they're "peel n' stick;" I had dunked one in water only to discover that it wasn't the way to go (LOL).

    I've flown the bird on an Aerotech motor - a G-76-8W. It went up straight as a ruler and deployed at apogee. The chute is large at 24" for the rocket's low weight (advertised at 12 oz; mine weighs in at 14.3 with an Aeropac retainer, and the requisite, copious amounts of glues and paints us BAR-types like to slather upon our rockets) so performance is striking.

    Support from the team at ModelRockets.us is top shelf. Ruby and Jim take care of their customers like nobody's business. After my initial flight, I snapped the photos below and sent them to the team. You'll notice I have a launch lug missing; I don't know when that came off the bird (probably during takeoff or at ejection, when lots of "bad things" start to happen to models) and Jim and Ruby noticed it too - they're sending me another lug, free of charge. It's that sort of "small-business attention" that makes retailers in this industry stand out, and Discount Rocketry certainly does good on that count.

    The only cons I'd have to say about the kit would be some of the prep on the rocket tube was a little "off," which I corrected easily enough. The "locked tight" structure of the snap-in fin cuts on the centering rings really served to get everything square. The fins are laser-straight on the body. The nose cone wasn't perfectly molded. Looking back, this is such a nice-looking scale bird, I wish I'd built up the fins to have the "double-diamond" shape which is characteristic of sounding rockets. It would have required a little extra time invested in prepping the fins but I suspect that for "scale hounds" like me, it would have made this kit even more convincing.

    Pros? Almost too numerous to list. The fin can is a joy. I LOVE the parachute; I think it might just outlast the airframe (that's only if my engines hang together). The ply was beautiful. I love the light weight, although I expect to get my exercise in during the club launches. The build was a little frustrating but also lots of fun.

    You're probably waiting for the pics:








    I have no pics of the flight or launch. I wasn't prepared this weekend to shoot as much footage as I should have taken. I will get some pics and vid an post them here later.


    Post copied to gallery with permission
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  4. #34
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    Estes - Nike Smoke (#9704)

    I built mine mosly according to the instructions. modifications include, Ubolt shock cord anchor in the forward centering ring, wire leader attached to the ubolt to allow an unobstructed body tube so I could use a chute protector.
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  5. #35
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    Mines stock other than a Kevlar shock cord looped and attached to the motor mount and 1010 rail buttons. Well and the slightly different paint job.

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  6. #36
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    bump for editing
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  7. #37
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rex R View Post
    I built mine mosly according to the instructions. modifications include, Ubolt shock cord anchor in the forward centering ring, wire leader attached to the ubolt to allow an unobstructed body tube so I could use a chute protector.
    edit-added pic of modded motor mount
    Hey Rex, did you make that u-bolt out of threaded rod?
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  8. #38
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    probably shouldn't have...but yes. I had a 2-56 all-thread push rod left over from a boat project, just bent it around a plastic rod & trimmed off the excess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rex R View Post
    probably shouldn't have...but yes. I had a 2-56 all-thread push rod left over from a boat project, just bent it around a plastic rod & trimmed off the excess.
    Clever idea!
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  10. #40
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    thanks. I'll see if I can get a better shot of the u-bolt for my next bird (and post it under 'techniques and tips', the bird itself is a 'dark brown' project)

  11. #41
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    Here is a photo from the Nike Smoke master, Jack Garibaldi. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jurvetson/1497668669/
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  12. #42
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    Estes - Nike Smoke (#9704)


  13. #43
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    My level 1 scratch build...

    3.25" mailing tube.

    scrap wood 1/8" ply fins

    nose cone made from glued together scrap 2x6's turned on my lathe...them hollowed out.

    screen door motor retainers about $0.50

    motor mount tube found in my pile...home made centering rings...same scrap ply as the fins.

    borrowed parachute

    Borrowed motor case (29mm)

    Mooched H128 med reload...you know...like mooch me a smoke?

    Paint $6 (two cans)

    Total investment $6.50

    And my Smokin' Deuce!
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  14. #44
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    Here is my Estes Nike Smoke.
    Build thread can be found here
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  15. #45
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    Nike Smoke is a great rocket!

    Here's my scratch built Nike smoke. Unfortunately, these may be the last photo's of the rocket, as I was unable to find it in the swamp at Bong today :< otherwise it was a picture perfect launch on an Aerotech J250.

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    Alex Zoghlin
    build logs, fleet photo's, launch video's here

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