I can just see it now. A young woman, in her 20s, sunbathing by the pool on a lawn couch, half asleep and her eyes covered by a towel...when $1000 of rocket lands on her belly.Lost about $1000 worth of rocketry when I launched to 9000 feet when it was too windy. Never live that one down.
I remember a young lady at a NARHAMS launch that put about a one-ounce rocket up on a C motor with what was probably a 24" parachute. It sailed horizontally over the trees, going, going, gone. Then just when we thought we'd never see it again, it hit a thermal and started going up! Then it shrunk to the size of a dot, and disappeared for good.My first rocket ever, an Estes Black Brant II hot rod with too big of a parachute, flown from my elementary school's play field. Apparently you need just a bit more space to recover a rocket that goes out of sight and descends at the rate of a helicopter leaf.
Is that a Bomark in your last pics Layne ?
My latest one involves a year or two of on and off work on a Bomark- I was comparing the model to the pics of the real rocket I plan on following the scheme of to get some panel alignments when the Arrrrrgg moment occurred. I mounted the nacels backwards - I have sanded and looked at this damn thing a million times ( as well as had some other rocket buddys look it over ) and somehow never noticed
Needless to say they have been "removed " and will require replacement and a buttload more work, thankfully I hadnt glued in the nose cones and they where salvageable.