Enduring Freedom Set Takes to the Skies

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billeblurzz

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Today I had the chance to see if the Enduring Freedom rockets flew as good as they looked. I also wanted to try to get better launch pictures with the digital camera. I normally use my Estes Command Controller with the 2 7.2volt nicads, but today I was launching on my own so I went back to the old Electron Beam Controller since the Command Controller takes two hands to use. I put the Electron Beam on the ground and used it with my feet so my hands were free to hold the camera! I think this technique resulted in my best shots to date. The lower voltage of the Electron Beam launcher seemed to work better with the delay of the digital camera!
:eek: For those who have not seen the Estes set yet!.....yea right!!!;) ;)
 

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First up was the BLU-97B cluster bomb: 4 bombs, one chute, 3 sheets of wadding, dog barf, and one C5-3....my FAVORITE Estes motor! A GREAT heavy-lifter!!!:cool: :cool:
 

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BOMBS AWAYYY!!!! If you look CLOSELY, you can see 3 of the 4 deployed bombs!:cool: That C5-3 got that 6-plus oz. rocket up there pretty well!!:)
 

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Wooow!!! Deployment WAY past apogee!!! Look cool though!! INCOMING!!....INCOMING!!!:eek: :eek: Perfect recovery!!! Not a mark on it!!! NOT EVEN the ESTES DENT!!!!:confused: :confused:
 

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Now for the FUNKY ONES....those FORWARD fins....ALWAYS makes for an INTERESTING liftoff....or a HEADS UP!!!!:( ;) ....the PYTHON 4: on another C6-3;)
 

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Okay, one more to go....(yea,yea....everybody WAKE UP!!!:eek: :eek: ) the PAVEWAY III, my favorite of the group!!!:D I HOPE I don't lose this one!!!:confused: on another C6-3!!
 

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WOW, where did it GO!!! WAY WAY higher than any of the others!!! I don't see it at all!!!:( Maybe I'll see the EJECTION CHARGE!!!:rolleyes: :rolleyes: I guess I hexed it...."my favorite of the set"....OH THERE IT IS!!!....there's that ROAD again....and those POWER LINES!!!!:( ....looks like it is drifting PAST the ROAD and the POWER LINES!!!;)
 

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Whew....on the run....toward the road...glad it drifted WAY past the ROAD!!!!
:D ....here comes a BIG BLACK SUV!!!....ha ha ....YOU won't get MY rocket....umm,....OH JEESE!!!!....THAT WAS CLOSE!!!!:eek: :eek:
 

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Those are some great pics, especially considering you were doing the launching and photography yourself :)
 

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Great pictures!! I always like how you build up our anticipation for each flight/picture and your construction skills.


It seems that doing the photography is just as much of a challenge as building the kits. Trying to do different things or come up with different ways of taking pictures, at least that's how it is for me. I remember one time a friend of mine had a video camera and a piece of plexiglass, so we mounted/set-up the plexiglass over the top of the camera, set up a the launch stand and took a video of my Condor (the original w/the glider) taking off. It was really cool and didn't harm the camera. It was surprisingly easy and the video came out really clear.
 

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Those were some sweet pics billEblurz, the Python 4 is a definte looker...good post!
 
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