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kkooch

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So.......my second rocket I built way back when. And I am building another for nostalgia reasons! BMS parts. Love BMS!

Looking at this now, it just looks like a short stubby model with large fins when fully stacked. My "stability" eyeball says this will weather cock in even the lightest of winds. I know this is an issue with this model. I am thinking I will extend the upper section for flying perhaps. Maybe a CommancheFarside endeavor.

Anybody fly an Astron Farside in moderate winds, even with fin canting and not have issues with weather cocking?

Thank you,

Kevin Kuczek
 

Tramper Al

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Don't just lengthen it, but also consider using a larger diameter payload tube that can carry a little weight. That would look cool anyway. Call it the Farside-X or something like that.
 

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go with a 24mm motor mount in your 1st stage. C6's just don't have enough 'omph' to get a full stack moving.
Rex
 

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My dad and I flew a Farside-X in the early 70's. On about the third flight, it went up, and the third stage just kept going, never to be seen again! WAY cool bird. I want to build one to honor Dad's craftsmanship. He's 87 now and remembers our rocket days, some days. Thanks for taking me back in time!!
 

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I loved the Farside and Farside-X which had an oversize Payload section. I flew the heck out of my Farside in the early 70's. I even added a 4th stage just for fun. Which sent the sustainer far out of sight and lost forever.
Never had much of a problem with weathercocking in "Normal" flying conditions 5-15mph surface winds. I do believe the upper stage always flew into the wind a bit as we could usually see the smoke trail bending in the direction the upper winds were blowing.
According to my flight logs; I had to replece the second stage booster 3 times and lost the sustainer on the 16th flight after adding the forth stage.
Sorry but these OLD black & white polaroid photos are all I have from back then. The Farside is a really fun model as long as you don't mind taking long walks for recovery.

Astron Farside-a-sm_1st Fleet 3-stage-c_04-03-71.jpg


Astron FarSide-b-sm_1st Fleet 4 stage-b ver_06-03-72.jpg
 
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