hmmmm..Hopefully 5 and 6 don't apply
hmmmm..Hopefully 5 and 6 don't apply
NAR 86940 L2
TRA 12270 L3 09-01-12
TeleTubby Fan, Unofficial King of Namby-Pamby Land
Nice looking rockets Grim, great job as usual. I got a couple of the new Estes midpower kits and overall I'm very impressed. Can't wait to get building.
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NAR# 88075, Level 2
Rocketry of Central Carolina
So here's my quick recap of the good, bad, and downright excellent:
Let's start with the Bad, as in "my bad". So we planned this kick tail drag race with the Argents at Thunderstruck. I was happy to offer a pair of old Aerotech H268 Redlines up for the drag race. Well, the reloads proved to be tooooo old to be used in a drag race. With the available igniters, we simply could not get them to light. These had been stored sealed in a low humidity, constant temp. setting, but their age got the better of them. So "the bad" was a no-go on the drag race at Thunderstruck despite efforts to make it happen.
On a more positive note, the Good news is that Mike's Argent flew beautifully later on (G80T I think), and my Argent has put in two flights this past week, the first on one of those stubborn H268 Reds (after roughing up grain cores & ends, installing a Pyrodex pellet in the forward grain for ignition, it lit instantly...go figure), as well as an H220T, both of which kicked hard, but the sturdy Argent held up beautifully! Here's a slightly less than good photo on the pad prior to the H220 flight (sorry about the lack of flight picture, poor lighting and blurriness)!
On to the Excellent, Mike offered up one his most excellent coozies for my Argent as a generous token for providing the drag motors! The coozie is keeping the Argent protected for transport and storage...Thanks Mike! Furthermore, Grim offered up some G80's for a redux of the failed drag race. It was a great offer, but by that time, I had to help Dad and Justin get two of their birds off the pads before quickly packing up and heading north for home!
Mike, let me know when you can make it up to "the Bong" for a launch. We should be at the July and August TWA launches, maybe the Woosh ECOF event on July 28-29 as well. Your next motor is on me, I failed us for the drag race!
Did you had to add any nose weight or made any mods to your Argent to fly on those H motors? and what altitude did they reach?
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Thanks for posting that man.
First Toledo and then Las Vegas for work.. April is nuts for me.
Here is a pic of Eric and I ready to go..
Glad you got your Argent airborne!
Which launch pad and remote is recommended for these pro series rockets? I couldn't find anything specific.
A Mantis pad is sufficient for these rockets.
As for the controller, search around. There are plenty that would be more than sufficient for the job.
Plays with wood, cardboard, and carpenters glue at home.
L1 will have to wait until 2013. Oh well.......patience is a lost virtue any-ways...
Saw a couple of these at Hobby Lobby the other day
The E controller is perfect for these models as it has 30 feet of launch leads and the igniters can easily be fired by the 4 AA batteries. Other controllers with more powerful power supplies will also be fine as long as you have 30 feet or more of launch leads.
-Fred Shecter NAR 20117 L2
I am sure on the mm size, but they use 1/4 inch launch lugs
the little red card that comes with the kits says, "a sturdy launch pad with a 1/4" (6.4mm) launch rod..."
Sorry if this has been answered....are all the Pro Series II motors 29mm?
the E30s are 24mm
Are the Pro Series II motors the only motors that can be used in these rockets if built per the instructions? I want to build one so bad but don't want to pay the $24.99 (or a bit cheaper with the hobby lobby coupon) every time I want to fly it. Lol.
I love to fly rockets but don't really get into the smaller ones in the Estes lineup. The smallest I like to build is about the size of the Estes Patriot probably, and those are cheap to fly. I don't need 2000 ft. + flights I just want to launch large rockets, even if its only 800 - 1000 ft.
I think the estes PSII motors are just relabelled AT motors, so I have to imagine that you could fly the PSII rockets on normal 29mm reloads too.
Builder of sky candy
These kits come with a standard 29mm motor tube and a cool threaded retention system that should work with pretty much any commercially available 29mm motor, either single use or reloadable. It will be up to you to determine just how much motor is appropriate but I think the rocket will accomodate just about anything.
if you leave out the engine block, in theory one could shove an I200 in the tube and it would be stable...in theory. don't know long it would remain stable shreding fins does tend to destablise things a bit .
63 above where I mention the flights on an H268R and H220T. The H268 fits the same hardware as the I200W, has a bit less total impulse (~10Ns), yet higher max and average thrusts. I built the Argent from start to finish (complete with paint/decals) in two evening sessions with 5 or 15 minute epoxy. These birds are fun flyers on H motors!
I did leave out the two green rings because I didn't see the need for either. Also doubled the length of elastic shock cord (didn't see the need for kevlar or nylon on this light ship), and added rail buttons for versatility.
Have fun building the Ventris!
Unstable by design
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you must use fresh Alkaline batteries. weak batteries won't work. 1.2 volt NiCads will only provide 4.8 volts and not enough wattage (amps times volts).
Per the Safety Code, you need to be 30 feet away.
-Fred Shecter NAR 20117 L2
Not an accurate representation unless you call close as in atomic bombs and hand grenades.
Estes makes three launch rods now: 1/8", 3/16" & 1/4"
The first two have been in the Estes catalog for a very long time. The last is the standard size for MPR and smaller HPR. I would note, as I have one of the new pads, that standard 1/4" launch lugs are loose on the Estes 1/4" rod.
I noticed that the Estes 1/4"? lugs fit kinda snug on my 'lauch lug alignment tool' (arrow shaft) when I was glueing them on my ventris.
Perhaps I missed this somewhere already posted but I assume that these are all through the wall fins?
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