That's just not right... No one should have that amount of talent!
Wow. I think I'll just quit finishing rockets... the bar has been set just too high!
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2013 Stats: Flights: 44
Approximate Total Total Impulse: 5,648Ns (Equivalent to a 10% M motor.)
Approx. Average Cost per flight: $13.23USD
Approx. (Not necessarily what I paid) Total RETAIL Cost: $582USD
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Simply spectacular. Please do post some information about how you made the detailing.
As for the launch, don't forget to wear your goggles!!
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Best rocket I have seen in a long time. Very impressive - my wife agrees! She asked me why my rockets don't look like that!
I love the creativity that is displayed on here. Thanks for sharing!
If you are asking about the information about the detailing of the rocket itself, some can be found in the first few posts of this thread. If you see a detail that I didn't provide info on, just ask!
If you are asking about the weathering details, I used these two steps....
Step 1: I used some "rust" color Testors paint, painted on in blotchy random areas then partially wiped off with a paper towel.
Step 2: After the rust dried, I added the black grime. I just squirted some black LiquiTex acrylic paint onto a paper plate, dipped my fingers into it and just smeared it around. Then before it died, I again used a paper towel to lightly wipe most of it off, wiping in the direction from the top of the rocket to the bottom of the rocket. This stuff dries pretty fast, so I only did small sections at a time. For extra grimey areas, I just repeated until I got the look I wanted.
It isn't hard, but it is messy. It is difficult to keep consistant from one part to the next, but that just adds to the natural random look of corrosion and grime. It is easy to overdo it if you leave the black paint on too long since acrylic dries quickly, so be careful of that. Just experiment and have fun with it. Using different layers of colors (like greens, reds, browns) and even different watered-down consistancies can add a lot of depth to your corrosion, but I didn't go that far with this one.
The only problem I would have with that model is that I would never, ever, not even on my death bed, launch the thing.
Museums bid on stuff like that!!
Thanks! I do have a few rockets that will never fly (like ones autographed by Vern & Gleda Estes, or Homer Hickam), but I do like flying this one - specially on 24mm reloads that make lots of smoke.
You need one of those devices from that movie “Steamboy”.
I've never seen Steamboy, and unfortunatley I can't tell from the on-line trailer what device you are talking about, so it sounds like I need to get myself to a Redbox soon and check it out.
A recent D12-5 Drag Race...
That is, without a doubt, the most awesome looking rocket I have ever seen.
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WOW! I wasn't on here when tho thread was first posted, so I'm glad you updated it. You have some crazy talent and patience. Well done!
Maybe one day I'll be able to build rockets like that...
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Totally dig the steampunk finish! Well done!
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Unbelievable rocket. Beautiful work.
How is the Acme Spitfire as a rocket? What kind of elevation does it get?
Last edited by Green Jello; 14th February 2013 at 06:09 PM.
I don't know actual altitude numbers but she flies very well and gets decent altitude. But in general the reactions are the best when you head to the pad and people look at you like "that thing actual flies!?!?!"
Jim doesn't have actuall altitude numbers on his site but here is the link http://fliskits.com/products/rocketk...etail/acme.htm
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First time I ever flew an ACME Spitfire it was at a NARAM. While standing in line at the RSO table, some young boy was just staring at it... I leaned down and whispered "I dropped it and then stepped on it. But I think I fixed her up pretty good. Don't you?"
Man the look HE shot me. LOL
Your workmanship and skills are excellent. Well done sir!
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...
Thanks for the kind words, everyone! I flew this one again yesterday on an E18 White Lightning reload for another perfect flight. Unfortunately I used a different ignitor which seemed to take forever to light, and I ended up missing getting any liftoff photos.