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  1. #17371
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    29th May 2009
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    WA State
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flyfalcons View Post
    I now have a 2.6 Grey Brant II
    When are you going to get the 5.5" and 6"? You're going to have to complete the series!

    Kris Hull
    www.hullaeroimages.com
    L1-RIP Binder Design Excel Back in the Saddle - 5/26/2017 Mansfield WA. I245G to 1,281ft
    L2 - MAC 4" ARCAS - To fly Fall 2017

  2. #17372
    Join Date
    14th April 2015
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    Enumclaw, WA
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    Quote Originally Posted by krislhull View Post
    When are you going to get the 5.5" and 6"? You're going to have to complete the series!
    You mean this one? (Not Madcow)

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    Ryan Winslow
    Level 1 5/28/16 3" kitbash Patriot H128W
    Level 2 5/13/17 Polecat 4" BBIII J270W

  3. #17373
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    29th May 2009
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flyfalcons View Post
    You mean this one? (Not Madcow)
    I think that one will count! I've been thinking about buying that kit or their Nike Smoke. I should see if Bay Area still has them in stock
    Kris Hull
    www.hullaeroimages.com
    L1-RIP Binder Design Excel Back in the Saddle - 5/26/2017 Mansfield WA. I245G to 1,281ft
    L2 - MAC 4" ARCAS - To fly Fall 2017

  4. #17374
    Join Date
    5th July 2016
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    Today I took my 5 yro daughter to her 3rd and final Rocket Camp Launch of the summer. There's a local school that has Rocket Camp for 1 week, and for 3 weeks in a row this year. She was in all 3!

    On Mon, they started by sketching their full-size designs on 8.5x11 paper (usually 3 or 4 sheets of paper taped together) and picking their body tubes (13mm - BT80s!). They also make their motor mounts from the Estes universal motor mount kits. All with white glue.

    On Tues, the install the motor mount and cut their fin designs on blank balsawood, make the door-frame alignment marks, and glue them on - including fillets. For her 3rd week and 3rd design, I taught her how to cut with the grain on the leading edge so it stays strong - the previous two were cut with wood grain parallel to the rocket - and were extremely flimsy.

    On Wed, they do the shock cord and pick their parachute sizes or streams according to estimated weight. If the parachute is too big during "drop off the side porch" tests, they cut a hole in it to speed up the decent.

    On Thursday, they finish the parachute and paint it wild colors.

    On Friday, they "Kiss their rocket goodbye" and launch.


    This being the 3rd week, there has been some pretty wild designs - and as you can imagine, completely unstable designs. There was a 4 stager this year that got through 1,2, 3 stages perfectly - but on the 3 stage pop, it cocked the rocket 180 degrees and it ignited the C motor to become a lawn dart at full speed.

    They also lost about 6 rockets from flying too high and through the overcast clouds! "Mr X told me not to put two C motors in. I guess I should have used two As."

    We are no longer using the Estes kits and instead designing them from scratch at home. She's working on one now that is exactly her height with BT60 tubes and couplers. It's going to be a two-staged D motor with an Eggtimer GPS recovery in the payload bay.


    Today I asked her why does she want to fly it so high. Her answer, "The temperture is colder the higher you go, right?" "Yes", I said. She said, "I want to know how cold. Can we use this?" And she picked up one of the cheap breakout boards I have for my Raspberry Pi that says, "TEMP."

    Now you know what I am doing this weekend... Looking at Adafruit's Trinkets and Feathers to hook it up to, and datalog the temp.

    Note: we've already built 4 rockets before this camp. These camps only served to hone her skills with Xacto hobby knives and gluing and all!
    Eric A. Duncan - http://eduncan911.com
    --
    Rocketeer from the early/mid `80s. Daughter is rekindling the flame!

  5. #17375
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    29th May 2009
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    WA State
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    came home to a package waiting for me after a two day ordeal with FedEx trying to deliver to the wrong houses...

    Got my L2 motor in! The two H motors will go up in my Ventris and PSII Nike, hopefully next month.
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    My case collection keeps growing! I picked up the Rouse Tech 54-1280 last week from the yard sale, and the 54-1706 came in with my order today.

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    Kris Hull
    www.hullaeroimages.com
    L1-RIP Binder Design Excel Back in the Saddle - 5/26/2017 Mansfield WA. I245G to 1,281ft
    L2 - MAC 4" ARCAS - To fly Fall 2017

  6. #17376
    Join Date
    1st September 2011
    Location
    Greencastle, IN
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    Prep for AF continues, man the rocket community is filled with some wonderful people. rfjustin is hiking me up with a tower and Gary Kawa rockdoc has offered the use of his RF tracker for AF, just amazing - thank you both!

    MAC Performance Firestick XL , fin repaired, painted and fully prepped and ready to go

    Mac Performance VTS-6 (4" QCC Explorer for me) - paint repaired, change screw switch over to Mike's Push Button switch, fully prepped and ready to go. However I'm still motorless for this flight - hoping to find something at AF - would love a CTI 54-6 gr of some sort

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    Ultimate QCC, AV bay and charges complete almost as ready for transport

    Estes QCC Explorer - completed paint

    Left to do - Glue up motor, build transport rack for rockets, pack.
    Finish Estes QCC Explorer-
    L1 - Ash Grove RIP L2 - OAMC - Tripoli OH - L3 - Mid West Power
    NAR - 96297 TRA-15713
    2016 burned - 24824 Ns
    2017 burned to date - 1,395.0 Ns

  7. #17377
    Join Date
    23rd March 2011
    Location
    Goodyear, AZ
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick@JET View Post
    Prep for AF continues, man the rocket community is filled with some wonderful people. rfjustin is hiking me up with a tower and Gary Kawa rockdoc has offered the use of his RF tracker for AF, just amazing - thank you both!

    Mac Performance VTS-6 (4" QCC Explorer for me) - paint repaired, change screw switch over to Mike's Push Button switch, fully prepped and ready to go. However I'm still motorless for this flight - hoping to find something at AF - would love a CTI 54-6 gr of some sort

    Left to do - Glue up motor, build transport rack for rockets, pack.
    Finish Estes QCC Explorer-
    Just checked stock with Wildman, AMW and Chris' Rocket supplies. They all have the CTI 6 grain K711 White and the K820 Blue streak. AMW has the best selection, with both of those and the K660 classic and K675 Skidmark. They will all be at Airfest, and all of them are reliable vendors. I would give someone a call and reserve one, big CTI reloads are rare.

    Anyone who flies at Airfest should have a tracker:



    Yes, there is a portion of my L3 rocket in that shot.

    Flying with a tracker will almost always guarantee that your rocket will land beside the road.
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    NAR 92675 L-3 TRA 14800 KG7IUN
    I may be getting older, but I refuse to grow up.

  8. #17378
    Join Date
    20th January 2009
    Location
    Johnson City, NY
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    A little bit of this...

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    and a little bit of that...

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    Rocket Addict
    More...more...I'm still not satisfied (T. Lehrer)

  9. #17379
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    15th October 2016
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    Huntsville AL
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    Considered ambushing the Estes truck on Tuesday when I came across it after work. (late upload)
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    Took off the tape from my Golden Mammoth fins and nosecone. Think I'll try clear coat to see if it'll bring out the shine better.
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  10. #17380
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    14th July 2015
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    Does that red chair have a name? I would say it deserves one.
    Recently completed: upscale Quinstar and APRO Lander II; in progress: Starship Avalon; next up: Accur8-skinned Trajector and Ragnarok Orbital Interceptor
    My photo albums: fleet pics and OR Models

  11. #17381
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    15th October 2016
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    Quote Originally Posted by neil_w View Post
    Does that red chair have a name? I would say it deserves one.
    My truck has a name, never considered naming furniture.

    It's been collecting working titles though.
    -Impulse buy/feet saver (Forgot to bring my lawn chair to watch the Blue Angels. Not bad for 4$ at Wmart)
    -The hotseat (ejection test setup "surface" for old IREC team) [In fact, now that I think about it, that's where that taped V came from lol]
    -Time out chair
    -Display stand (vv see sig)
    -Paint drying rack (pretty much any build thread I do)

    "I'm at least 70% confident about whatever I say (90% of the time)"- college me

    NAR 101195
    Level 1: Big SAM, 9/10/16

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