Arapahoe E

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Thrustline

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I have had several e-mails regarding this kit. For those of you that don't know what it is, click on this link to see OKTurbo's review. He was the beta tester during the design phase and quite frankly, with that awesome paint job of his, made it into the Thrustline Icon that it's become! https://www.rocketreviews.com/reviews/all/oop_ta_arapahoe.shtml

When I was about 9, I really wanted a Cherokee D. When I was on a trip visiting a Native American friend of my dad's (for about a month) in upper state New York, I found one in a local hobby shop and bought it. Whenever I wasn't fishing, I worked on the rocket. I launched it and everything happened so quick, I never even saw it. Lost it first flight. Well, that summer was a real turning point for me. My dad's friend taught me a lot about fishing and those memories were keepers! So, when I was looking for some ideas for a new model 30 years later, I thought a spin off of the Cherokee D was in order. A design where if you look close enough, you can still see some family traits of old Cherokee D but with much a much better aero package and kicked up performance. It is probably the most upscaled Thrustline kit to date and when I get the website up to full speed again, I'll post some of those photos as well.

Thrustline

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I'm in!

That is a sweet design. Did John McClure create the white bird image on the fin or did Excelsior?

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Yes I think he did. I did the lettering and played around with the bird but he got it right. I knew when I saw it that it would be perfect. I was thinking more of a Air Force Thunderbird type bird but I liked his much better. Though I think Phred has made others for me.

OKTurbo

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I'm in!

That is a sweet design. Did John McClure create the white bird image on the fin or did Excelsior?

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Yep that was me. The bird was inspired by the 45th Infantry Brigade in Oklahoma....they use a similar Thunderbird design.

John designed a really cool 'retro' styled rocket in the Arapahoe E. I wanted a paint scheme that had a retro feel to it, but still be up to date. I have a bit of an artistic streak in me, and this time it just seemed to come together. Not too bad for a Mechanical Engineer huh?!?!

I'm excited to see John get Thrustline Aerospace going again. His kits fit my style to a T. They were always more of a 'craftsman' kit.... you have to put some thought and effort into them to build them right. More of a creation than an assembly....if that make sense.

So is the new website going to have an "Arapahoe Valley" so we can share pics of our A-E's?

John McClure (OKTurbo)

OKTurbo

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Here's a pic of Beta #1....

sandman

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Here's mine.

Flown it on C11-3's so far. I'm afraid to use anything bigger 'cause it was my only one!

I need a spare.

Thrustline

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Yep that was me. The bird was inspired by the 45th Infantry Brigade in Oklahoma....they use a similar Thunderbird design.

John designed a really cool 'retro' styled rocket in the Arapahoe E. I wanted a paint scheme that had a retro feel to it, but still be up to date. I have a bit of an artistic streak in me, and this time it just seemed to come together. Not too bad for a Mechanical Engineer huh?!?!

I'm excited to see John get Thrustline Aerospace going again. His kits fit my style to a T. ......

So is the new website going to have an "Arapahoe Valley" so we can share pics of our A-E's?

John McClure (OKTurbo)
Yes....on that long list of things to put on the website is in fact, Arapahoe Valley. I have most if not all of the pics. It was one of things that I missed about the website. I'm sure any designer or kit producer always loves to see pics of his or her designs. To me, it was the ultimate compliment. And that goonie version, another classic!

John has done some really great work for me. He has helped me on several projects that without his input, would not have put thoe kits as high on the "cool" list.

Thrustline

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Ok, as of now, (5:38P.M. EST) I have e-mail requests for 25 individual kits. I am going to keep the list growing until Friday (the 10th?) and tally up the numbers. I'll then order everything I need by the following monday to make enough kits to fill all orders plus another dozen or so. Some of you may be wondering why I don't make a few hundred at a clip. Well, I'm trying to build the funds up seperate from my own personel account so it takes time to get a large enough "kitty" up to speed.

sandman

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Ok, as of now, (5:38P.M. EST) I have e-mail requests for 25 individual kits. I am going to keep the list growing until Friday (the 10th?) and tally up the numbers. I'll then order everything I need by the following monday to make enough kits to fill all orders plus another dozen or so. Some of you may be wondering why I don't make a few hundred at a clip. Well, I'm trying to build the funds up seperate from my own personel account so it takes time to get a large enough "kitty" up to speed.
OK, been there, done that...my kitty is in trouble!

Thrustline

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OK, been there, done that...my kitty is in trouble!
Me no think so. You kitty safe with me

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If it helps any I'm willing
to double up the ante and
go for two....

AKPilot

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E-mail sent. I'm definitely in!

InFlight

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Ok, as of now, (5:38P.M. EST) I have e-mail requests for 25 individual kits. I am going to keep the list growing until Friday (the 10th?) and tally up the numbers. I'll then order everything I need by the following monday to make enough kits to fill all orders plus another dozen or so. Some of you may be wondering why I don't make a few hundred at a clip. Well, I'm trying to build the funds up seperate from my own personel account so it takes time to get a large enough "kitty" up to speed.
Yeah, that's the same problem that I run into all the time. lol

rocketcrazee

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Here's mine.

Flown it on C11-3's so far. I'm afraid to use anything bigger 'cause it was my only one!

I need a spare.
Nice one Sandman

Here's mine I flew this one on an Aerotech M1315

sandman

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Nice one Sandman

Here's mine I flew this one on an Aerotech M1315
OK, so yours would be bigger then?

rocketcrazee

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Hi

Yes about 10 foot long and 7000 feet

Phil

SooBaldwin

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John,

I'm in, email sent last night. Very cool indeed...

Mike

SooBaldwin

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Nice one Sandman

Here's mine I flew this one on an Aerotech M1315
Phil, Very nice, I'm currently building one with a 4in diameter tube. This one is a bit bigger. What did you end up as a tube size for this one?

Very nice indeed...

Mike Smeltzer

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rocketcrazee

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Phil, Very nice, I'm currently building one with a 4in diameter tube. This one is a bit bigger. What did you end up as a tube size for this one?
Thanks Mike

I used a 6 inch PML tube and the boattail was home made with an Aeropac motor retainer

Phil