# Anyone build for pay in the Houston Texas area?

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#### David Schwantz

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Hi Steve, I drive in TX lots !! Glad I could warm your toes. OOPS, that didn't sound good

#### Blast it Tom!

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Speaking of warm, I watch this thread because it warms my heart. Houston is a lovely place. Now Pittsburgh, you'd think we'd be used to driving in snow... but every year it's the same mess, cars all over the place, etc. Every newscast with snow in the forecast, there's a bundled-up reporter in front of the road maintenance sheds assuring us that PennDOT will be out in force plowing and salting, letting us know the state of the salt supplies, etc. That's not news. News is when PennDOT says, "Aw, phooey, this isn't that bad - we're sitting this one out! Just be careful!"

#### David Schwantz

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how much nose weight goes in the rocket?
Hi After, Steve wanted it built stock, I used the supplied amount of clay. I did not even think to weigh it as I did with mine due to all of the mods I did.

#### David Schwantz

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Speaking of warm, I watch this thread because it warms my heart. Houston is a lovely place. Now Pittsburgh, you'd think we'd be used to driving in snow... but every year it's the same mess, cars all over the place, etc. Every newscast with snow in the forecast, there's a bundled-up reporter in front of the road maintenance sheds assuring us that PennDOT will be out in force plowing and salting, letting us know the state of the salt supplies, etc. That's not news. News is when PennDOT says, "Aw, phooey, this isn't that bad - we're sitting this one out! Just be careful!"
Hi Tom, I have hauled that there salt to PennDOT before. Your welcome

#### Blast it Tom!

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Much thanks, Dave! Watch out for the idiots in SUV's who still haven't figured out that going isn't the problem. It's steering and stopping that'll get you!

I had a job working on one of the lift motors at one of the salt mines up near Lake Erie a long ways back. The idea that those miners are down a mile, and several miles out UNDER Lake Erie, is mind-blowing!

#### David Schwantz

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Most of the salt I haul is from KS. Once in a great while Salt Lake. Don't know if I could do the underground stuff like that.

#### scstrain

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I'm a typical Texan. Thought I was all prepared with lots of bottled drinking water to get us through. Guess what I forgot about.............flushing the crappers . Sooooo, I ended up melting ice on the stove and filled a bath tub with it. Then could use that water for the toilets. After I do all that work, my Wife says, "I bet our neighbors will let us use some water out of their back yard pool ." They did, so lugging all that ice back and forth to the stove, melting it, and pouring it into the bath tub did not have to be done in the first place.

#### David Schwantz

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Hi Steve, just wanted you to know I will leave on Monday, going to OK. Be gone a bit. But I try to plan like this as your white is drying on the bird. I learned long ago, if touching it will leave a oil finger print, it is not ready to be masked off for another color. Will continue work on her when I get back. All that is really left to do is black paint and decals. I did not clear coat mine. The decals have held up fine and I have 16 flights on her. Do you want me to clear over the decals? I will also place the order for the chutes when I get back, holding off till I knew what size I need for the V 2. Got to order a 12' one for her. Stay warm, Dave.

#### AfterBurners

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By the way, welcome to the forum!

Sorry it had to be this way, but there are a whole lot of people on here who's attitude seems to be "If you don't rocket the way I rocket, then you rocket wrong."

I think you just met several...

#### David Schwantz

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Hi Steve, she is ready for a new home. Know anyone that might want her??
Ordered the chutes last night, Preston at Top Flight is great. But I did order them along with some stuff for myself. Don't know how long it will take him to make a 12' main, but he is pretty fast. they are only one state away so shipping is just a couple days. I am going to leave the LES off, I fly mine without it. Then you can always just pop it on for display.
sorry for the fuzzy pics, can't get Macro to pull up on camera. Dave.

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#### scstrain

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Unbelievable David! My Wife, oldest Daughter and I get home from Baton Rogue Louisiana. My youngest Daughter was married there this past week end and I am just starting to come back down to Earth, turn on my computer and,............................... Blast off again seeing this incredible Saturn V !!!!!!!!!! What a beautiful Rocket, your talent amazes me. It looks better then I thought possible.

This rocket started life as a box full of cardboard unfinished tubes, some plastic strips, a sheet of decals, and a few plastic pieces. And then you have the talent to take that and turn it into a masterpiece like this. All the time, talent and work involved, I can't thank you enough.

#### David Schwantz

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Steve, you are more than welcome. I do require just one thing,,,, lots of pics the day she flies. Congrats to your daughter. Dave.

#### scstrain

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Dave, that will happen. The club that I belong to is actually on NASA property. There are some NASA engineers in the club. Does not get any better then that. She will fly next to the real Saturn V on display there. Only one problem, they still will not allow flights because of the Chin@ virus.

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#### Blast it Tom!

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Dave, that will happen. The club that I belong to is actually on NASA property. There are some NASA engineers in the club. Does not get any better then that. She will fly next to the real Saturn V on display there. Only one problem, they still will not allow flights because of the Covid - 19.
Love it except I'm sad they won't allow flights yet...

#### David Schwantz

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Hi Steve, sorry I was in PA yesterday and had to be at plant in an hour and still 90 miles away. Wife said chutes arrived on Tuesday, will get them installed and she will be on her way to her new home. I will be back about the end of the month. Please PM me your shipping address. Thanks, Dave.

#### Blast it Tom!

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Aw man, in my back yard! Enjoy the potholes, Dave! I just got back yesterday from a few days in Hobbs, NM... talk about flat ground! Miles and miles of nothing but the (very) occasional tree or rooftop or powerline...

#### David Schwantz

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Just went through Pittsburg an hour ago.

#### David Schwantz

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Hi Steve, she is all packed and ready to ship to you. Wife will mail in on Monday as I will be gone by the time Post Office is open. Dave.

#### David Schwantz

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Steve, the chutes are wrapped for shipping. Do not fly her with the shrouds around chute, again, I only did that to ship her. I added Flame proof blankets on each chute, I like to wrap burrito style. also have some dog barf in box. I put some down the motor tube before flight in addition to the blankets. Can't hurt. Have fun, Dave.