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  1. #17551
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick@JET View Post
    Was that the L3 flight at AF? That was the most extreme L3 flight I've seen!! Peter I think? Amazing

    I'm digging the BlueCC!!
    Peter Wetzel, yes it was. The back end looked like someone painted it with orange silly string. It was in the back with the show and tell stuff, and I saw that there were "unpainted" streaks on the tube behind the four threaded inserts. I couldn't for the life of me figure out how he'd got that effect with the fade, until we were talking afterwards and he said he Only painted the nose and Fin unit. Mach 3 basically stripped the nose and painted the bare fiberglass body tube...!

    It was an impressively simple rocket. 1 single 4ft fiberglass tube, 75mm minimum diameter on a Loki M that took 3/4 the length. Nose blow with small drogue and main reefed with a cable cutter.
    And.....he built it in 2 weeks. I think this is the flickr album L3 MD

    And thanks! That means a lot coming from the new King of the QCC!


  2. #17552
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    Speaking of the R/W/BlueCC Explorer, it is now fully detailed and awaiting launch (hopefully Sunday! the city mowed our TARC practice field!)

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    And the Fissile Missile is done with its cosmetics also!
    More about that on The Road to L2!
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    "I'm at least 70% confident about whatever I say (90% of the time)"- college me

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  3. #17553
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    What did you do rocket wise today?

    Prepped the 8LPR birds we're flying with 4+1 kids tomorrow at the QRS launch.

    Return of the BT60 breakaway
    Speed built candle
    Blu Fyr BT60 2 stage
    Artemis 1: 12yo scratch built BT55
    Hermes: 8yo scratch built BT50
    3 x scratch built 18mm MDs (including one made by the +1 friend who's coming along...)

    Oh: and a bazillion pre-filled launch cards - I've got two 18mm, bulk 12 motor packs - if the kids run out of flight cards before they get bored drag racing their rockets, I'm doing it wrong... 😜

    Now to make packed lunches for 7 ppl, and pack the car - I need to be up again in 5.5hrs!
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    Reasonably new to rocketry and hailing from the land down under.. I speak metric... I know not of these feet and inches you speak of...

    QRS: #193
    AMRS: #148

  4. #17554
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    Doh: photo didn't attach:

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    Reasonably new to rocketry and hailing from the land down under.. I speak metric... I know not of these feet and inches you speak of...

    QRS: #193
    AMRS: #148

  5. #17555
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    Flew some rockets at my first RadRocks launch of the year at Godlewsky Farm with my daughter and my father.

    The weather did not cooperate as well as expected. The wind was blowing towards the short side of the field, and almost any significant flight was landing in the 7-foot cornfield (or worse, the impenetrably dense brush on the west side of the corn). So I scrubbed all flights of my various scratch builds.

    Still got eight flights in, including the first couple for a Crayon and Skywriter (the latter of which ended up in the brush, lost). Also got the stock Quinstar up a couple of times (that's really fun on a D12), one flight on an Odd'l Birdie (lost in deep weeds), and one more excellent flight on my Odd'l Cyclone (another miraculous recovery, found by my daughter amongst the corn.)

    Not exactly what I had been hoping for, but still a great day. Starship Avalon will have to wait for another opportunity to fly.
    Recently completed: APRO Lander II and Starship Avalon; next up: Accur8-skinned Trajector and Ragnarok Orbital Interceptor
    My photo albums: fleet pics and OR Models

  6. #17556
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    Started cleaning all the motor casings we flew at Airfest.


    Then Sharon and I teamed up and downloaded all the altimeters from all 13 of our flights, and cleaned avbays.
    NAR 92675 L-3 TRA 14800 KG7IUN
    I may be getting older, but I refuse to grow up.

  7. #17557
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    Prepped rockets for flying after church tomorrow!

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  8. #17558
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    All up, 13 launches:

    Me:
    1x successful two stage scratch built:
    https://youtu.be/VqQIUsUPOsk

    1x successful BT60 Odd'l BreakAway upscale

    5 Kids (our 4 + a friend):
    3x 18mm MD scratch builds on B6-4s
    1x 24mm scratch built on a B6-4

    1x 33mm scratch built on b6-4
    2x flights 33mm scratch on C6-5

    1x 4way drag race with two of the 18mm MDs, the 24mm and the 33mm all on C6-5s...

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    All rockets recovered with only two casualties:

    One 18mm on its maiden had an engine burn really hot - motor was seized in the BT and was retired.

    The oldest of the 18mm scratch builds suffered a shredded fin on the final drag race - it's had 8 flights and will now be retired.. (well - all but the BT will be recycled.)
    Reasonably new to rocketry and hailing from the land down under.. I speak metric... I know not of these feet and inches you speak of...

    QRS: #193
    AMRS: #148

  9. #17559
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    Finished my Fliskit Drake - with a side of punking...

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  10. #17560
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    Labour day weekend (last weekend) was NB Rocketry's annual high-power launch event! I just finished uploading my video from the launch to YouTube:



    One of the flights established a new Canadian M altitude record of over 27k'!

    I personally launched a couple H and I DD flights (where I tried out the Aerotech DMS motors for the first time. I'm a fan!) and attempted a J flight to over 5k' (though unfortunately the motor suffered a CATO upon ignition. The rocket itself sustained only minimal damage thankfully so it will fly again).
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  11. #17561
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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisudy View Post
    Bought a few packs of estes motors and an Estes V2 at 50% off at the local hobby store. They say that they're reducing their inventory in preparation for remodeling...


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    And they (Niagara Hobby and Craft Mart) announced today that they are now permanently closed...


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    Flying LPR since 1982
    NAR L1 - Aug 2015 - LOC Caliber ISP on H115DM-8
    NAR L2 - July 2017 - Madcow Frenzy (4") on J270-10

  12. #17562
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    Managed to squeak 3 flights off at our Tarc field before speeding off to play volleyball.
    First flight of the R/W/BlueCC Explorer on a D12; just cleared 300' judging by when the Chute release opened.
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    Borrowed an E20 for the Greystar Voyager. Looked like it coned slightly and also deployed just above the Chute release altitude of 300'.
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    Perfect performance from the Fissile Missile during it's apogee deployment test on G38. Flight details in the MPR forum on "The road to L2..."
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  13. #17563
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    A lot. Starting painting a few rockets, did some shock cord and screw eye replacements on my old Estes Alpha III and Constellation. A very rocket Sunday!
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    Matt Laudato
    NAR# 91867, L2
    Member CMASS, MMMSC, RIMRA, CATO

  14. #17564
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    I finally made some progress on my carbon Tomach 54. I put together a nifty sled that will be large enough for fully redundant systems, but for now will hold just a Raven, a 1S battery, and a screw switch.





    TRA #16895 L2

  15. #17565
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    Considering an Eggtimer TRS w/LCD but am curious over other people's experience with it before I pull the trigger.
    NAR Lvl 1 Cert w/ PML Callisto
    NAR Lvl 2 Cert w/ Binder Design Excel 4", DD

    Current Project,
    Custom Scratch Built Octagonal

    Total Impulse this year
    0.00 Ns

  16. #17566
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    Quote Originally Posted by B787_300 View Post
    Considering an Eggtimer TRS w/LCD but am curious over other people's experience with it before I pull the trigger.
    It works, the price is right, read the instructions carefully to make sure you have it configured and armed correctly.

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    Rich

    NAR# 99154

    L3-4x upscale Estes Cherokee-D- AT M1297W 5/28/2016 http://www.rocketryforum.com/showthr...r-rharshberger

    TriCities Rocketeers NAR section# 736 http://www.tricitiesrocketeers.org/

  17. #17567
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    Just got home and unpacked from the Tri-Cities Rocketeers multi-day launch.

    On a personal level, I flew the alphabet A-J, maidened three new rockets (LOC park flyer Sandhawk, Madcow 2.6 BBII, upscale 4" Solar Warrior), flew my first sparky I327DM, got surprisingly close to the target altitude contest of 2,011' with my PSII Nike Smoke on a G64 (2,061'), flew my Estes altimeter for the first time (numerous times), and brought home Estes oop kits Mighty Moe and Sidewinder and several US Rockets high performance kits at super prices. Awesome!

    On a club level, Tri-Cities Rocketeers absolutely killed it once again. The core member group kept the show running smoothly and were always available to get a rocket RSO'd, perform LCO duties, help rocketeers with tools and parts, and keep a close watch on fire detection in our dry conditions. They hosted a fantastic barbecue on Saturday night with sides brought in potluck-style by everyone, and the vendors were exceptionally generous in donating a large number of items for the fundraiser raffle prizes. I was once again on historian duties, filming as many launches as I could while juggling my rocket prep needs and getting from my tent's location to a good vantage spot, but I caught a lot of great flights. Despite a bit of a breeze on Saturday and a phantom rocketeer using paper towels as wadding, it was a perfect weekend of flying and a great way to cap off the summer. Thanks to the Tri-Cities Rocketeers for another memorable launch!
    Ryan Winslow
    Level 1 5/28/16 3" kitbash Patriot H128W
    Level 2 5/13/17 Polecat 4" BBIII J270W

  18. #17568
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    What did you do rocket wise today?

    Quote Originally Posted by B787_300 View Post
    Considering an Eggtimer TRS w/LCD but am curious over other people's experience with it before I pull the trigger.
    It's s great system for the money. The only issue is the assembly. If you are comfortable soldering, go for it.


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    NAR #100940, RIMRA & CMASS
    L1 - 4/17/16, Tyrannosaur (by Binder Design), Loki H144
    L2 - 8/19/17, Terrordactyl (by Binder Design), CTI J250

  19. #17569
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    Finished my 6" Wildman Ultimate Drago for Midwest Power 15. Next on the build list is a Wildman Drago 4 with HED.


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  20. #17570
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    I got the morning off, so I cut some 29mm/74mm centering rings, painted the body tubes and epoxied the motor mount for my daughter's Estes Vagabond, milled air-foiled fins for a 2.7X EAC Viper upscale, worked up simulations for an F-to-E two stage rocket, set up the CAM operations for the fins/flaps/rudders for a 3X Gyroc upscale...some of these will fly on Saturday.

  21. #17571
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    Assembled my labor day sale Eggfinder TRS. Four hours at the bench and its working. Now I need an external antenna and extension wire.



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    Eric Hamilton, NAR, TRA
    SARG, LUNAR
    Level 1, April 2017, Estes Argent, H115DM
    Level 2, September 2017, Scratchbuilt 2.6", J270G

  22. #17572
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flyfalcons View Post
    Just got home and unpacked from the Tri-Cities Rocketeers multi-day launch.

    On a personal level, I flew the alphabet A-J, maidened three new rockets (LOC park flyer Sandhawk, Madcow 2.6 BBII, upscale 4" Solar Warrior), flew my first sparky I327DM, got surprisingly close to the target altitude contest of 2,011' with my PSII Nike Smoke on a G64 (2,061'), flew my Estes altimeter for the first time (numerous times), and brought home Estes oop kits Mighty Moe and Sidewinder and several US Rockets high performance kits at super prices. Awesome!

    On a club level, Tri-Cities Rocketeers absolutely killed it once again. The core member group kept the show running smoothly and were always available to get a rocket RSO'd, perform LCO duties, help rocketeers with tools and parts, and keep a close watch on fire detection in our dry conditions. They hosted a fantastic barbecue on Saturday night with sides brought in potluck-style by everyone, and the vendors were exceptionally generous in donating a large number of items for the fundraiser raffle prizes. I was once again on historian duties, filming as many launches as I could while juggling my rocket prep needs and getting from my tent's location to a good vantage spot, but I caught a lot of great flights. Despite a bit of a breeze on Saturday and a phantom rocketeer using paper towels as wadding, it was a perfect weekend of flying and a great way to cap off the summer. Thanks to the Tri-Cities Rocketeers for another memorable launch!
    L2 and your first sparky? Are you sure you're approaching this right?

    The only reason I want to cert L1 is for CTI's 29mm G80 & G106 skidmarks...
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  23. #17573
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    Quote Originally Posted by LithosphereRocketry View Post
    L2 and your first sparky? Are you sure you're approaching this right?

    The only reason I want to cert L1 is for CTI's 29mm G80 & G106 skidmarks...
    Be extremely careful where you use those "Mid-Power" sparking motors.

  24. #17574
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    Began the ground work for the footings and foundation where my 16"x36" South Bend metal lathe will be erected.
    The machine can make it's own replacement parts, and then make any machine or things like motor casings that I might ever want.
    Stuff like nosecones and foam fuselages can be done on either of my two wood lathes, but having a proper metal lathe will let me make precision jigs and the like, when tolerances are critical.
    Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn

  25. #17575
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    Quote Originally Posted by LithosphereRocketry View Post
    L2 and your first sparky? Are you sure you're approaching this right?

    The only reason I want to cert L1 is for CTI's 29mm G80 & G106 skidmarks...
    Sparkies are fun but not my main driving force in flying bigger stuff. My favorite loads are whites and reds, but earlier this year I watched an I327DM go and was really impressed by it, so I wanted to give one a try. Unfortunately my rocket was at the away pads 300' out so I didn't feel the shock from the motor like I had before, but still an enjoyable flight. A friend got a killer liftoff photo and I'm waiting for that to show up in my email inbox.
    Ryan Winslow
    Level 1 5/28/16 3" kitbash Patriot H128W
    Level 2 5/13/17 Polecat 4" BBIII J270W

  26. #17576
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    Quote Originally Posted by tbonerocketeer View Post
    Loki L1040 in a go devil 54 to 17k at mach 2.5

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    Videos and pics please, on this and the Tomach.

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  27. #17577
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    Quote Originally Posted by mpitfield View Post
    Videos and pics please, on this and the Tomach.

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    I don't know if there is video of the flight, but it was coning like crazy. Flight stripped the clear coat and melted the decal...

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    Christopher Short
    TRA #10247 L3 TAP
    NAR #83000 L3CC
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  28. #17578
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    Washed off my FG Mad Cow kits and prepped my Loc Forte and IV (sanded fins/nosecone, etc). Going to busy in advance of the California flying season.

  29. #17579
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    Received a Mega Der Red Max kit for my birthday, yay!
    Rich

    NAR# 99154

    L3-4x upscale Estes Cherokee-D- AT M1297W 5/28/2016 http://www.rocketryforum.com/showthr...r-rharshberger

    TriCities Rocketeers NAR section# 736 http://www.tricitiesrocketeers.org/

  30. #17580
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    Prepped rockets & motors for this weekend's Tripoli Vegas launch.

    TRA L2. I-class record: "Vanish 29" with an I224, 14,596ft, Mach 1.92. Video here.

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