- Nov 25, 2009
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- Central Illinois
Yeah, I remember those days from the 60's and early 70's. A car battery could light up everything but I used lamp zip cord as recommended by Vernon Estes.As kids we just made thick napalm formulated to dry up.
With enough current, all kinds of goo burns well enough to light a Estes motor. We used a car battery and phone line.
Did an Estes Cobra in the 5th grade until a deployment "issue" caused it to splatter itself. Built a carbon copy as an old man and it flies great on three B6-4's in a small field and goes way up on C6's. Has to have a larger site with the bigger motors on the C6's.
I did a static line with small kevlar thread that is in one of the fins on the second build. Can't be seen and use an elastic "shock cord" inside the body tube attached to the static line that's replaceable. A lot of folks wonder why the rocket is coming in "upside down" but never broke a fin while flying it.
I have the second build Cobra downstairs and it's flyable. Just gotta get new 12V batteries for ignition. My old bats are dead and I have to get new and recycle the old. Out in the boondocks it's hard to find someplace for recycling old batteries. Plus I have to do a lot of domestic work as my lovely wife died 3 and a half years ago and I have guardianship of a mentally handicapped son. He's not a problem and can be taken to launches and hotels.
(Especially if they have swimming pools. Wife made sure he learned how to swim in spite of his handicap!)
Still I have a lot of work to do as a single widower parent so rocket time is more restricted than when my lovely wife was alive and I was working! Am retired now but a lot of work to be done around the house. Don't want to downsize just yet.
She died at 57.5 and I'm 65 now. Was only 62 when she died.