Well, as some of you may remember back in 2007 I attempted my level 3 at Southern Thunder. Beautiful flight, great event at apogee, but come 1200' we could all hear the pop of the charges going off...but the sheer pins...didn't sheer all the way and snagged my main chute. It never pulled all the way out. Long story short, I was going to make repairs but it couldn't happen for a while due to circumstances. Now, years later, it's time - and it will happen. Sadly "Lactose Intolerant" and many others of my old fleet were taken (long story) so this will be an entirely new build.
Last beauty was a 9' extended 5.5" diameter LOC Big Nuke 3E with G10 fins that flew to a nice 10,500'. This time around I'm going with an extended 10" Polecat Thumper, hence its new title "Sky Thumper". I have already put a longer 98mm motor tube in it and will be doing 3 layers of glass tip to tip over the fin can and another 3 layers of glass tip to tip over the body tube. She's just a tad over 12' tall, 10" diameter and purdy. Still debating paint scheme.
Two altimeters - Stratologger and the new RRC2. I will be using a SkyAngle chute (size to be determined, depending on how heavy she is when I get closer!) with 4k lb test tubular nylon. First flight will be on an M1297W (once again, pending final weight - but we should be good). I'm expecting somewhere between 3300-4000'.
Pictures to follow. Would have started earlier but schedule has been crazy. I wanted something bigger and slower. Thumper was the answer.