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Discussion in 'Estes' started by judo, Oct 24, 2010.
Pictures of my Big Daddy....pretty much stock aside from shock cord and nylon chute.
Nice..I like the simple clean looking paint schemes like these..the black one a few back..
On my everyday flyers I put a high visibility paint job on them so they are easy to locate on the field when they land. I also found out the neon colors are much more forgiving when painting them as well as the flat colors. I also had some neon paint left and didn't want it to go to waste. Sometimes simple is better. You have to figure the rocket will eventually get banged up at some point. lost or destroyed so it makes sense. Scale models are a different story.
Every rocket I own is an "everyday flyer"... except for the ones that perform so badly I never fly them at all.
Here's my Big Daddy
Launched on a H128!
Nice flight! Any idea of altitude?
Rocksim put it at about 2800' but no electronics on-board, so I don't have a definitive answer I'll fly my Altimeter One next time
I've got the Rocksim file here
The CR's and fins were laser cut in 3mm liteply. I cut away the bottom of the nose cone and fitted a bulkhead as the motor case is long. The parachute was wrapped in nomex and was stuffed into the nose cone, too.
It was a great flight! Everyone's so used to seeing much larger rockets going up on motors like that, so this was a real treat
And the crazy thing is, who would imagine that you could do your Level 1 on an Estes Big Daddy!
Here is my Big Daddy! My buddy pointed out that the top of the nosecone looks like candy corn. Bonus in my book!!
My wife decorated this stock Big Daddy Build based off a painting she got as a gift. It started her down the road to painting my rockets.
IMAG3005 by beerorkid, on Flickr
IMAG2955 by beerorkid, on Flickr
Attached files as well in case mine go away
Now thats a paint job!! :clap:
Here's mine. This Big Daddy is about a year old and has been launched about 10 times, including a hard crash and a broken fin. I just finished giving it a major renovation.
And here's the video of the crash. Some of you may have already seen this, I posted this video last year:
Awesome paint job! And I love the stands with the fake fur! Is that wood bocote?
Betch'a don't mount a camera on the fin again. Cool vid, though (kind'a worth it IMO). A view-point I've never seen before. Interesting.
Awesome video! The Canadian judge gives you a 10 for best placement of a video camera! I watched the video, thought wow that was cool, then.... wait a minute how de he do that.
No that's just normal old oak from Home Depot, with Minwax pecan stain.
That was my second attempt at a rocket motor cam. Here is the video from my first attempt, which didn't crash but the camera fell off at ejection. I plan to try this again with a MPR and composite motor.
The Chrome Daddy!
I recently built and flown this BD on an AT E28-7. Flew great, the added baffle worked great too. Before this BD, I did a Leviathan. The Leviathan is pretty much a BD with an added chunk of body tube. The lower tube and NC are the same. The Leviathan fins are similar in shape, just a little bit bigger and made of plywood.
Nice paint job!
I have to try that mounting position. That is really cool!!!!
Done with a little Maryland Flare!
I like it!
Thanks Quake, I deviated from the original plan, I originally wanted just the fins and NC red, but the yellow I had picked out didnt match close enough to Marks vinyl (His is a spot on match to the actual Old bay can!) So I painted the whole lower section red. Its not as shiny as it looks, the nose came out great, but the bottom/fins are not as smooth as I had hoped. Oh well! Its going up on a F85 then probably the F240 VMAX.
An F240? Don't blink!
Its just a wee bit heavier than stock, Ply fins, ply CRs, heavier MMT tube, eyebolts, rail buttons, and 4oz of lead in the nose. Sims at just under 1k ft at 420ft/sec pulling 54Gs.
I have to re-weigh it, but I think its right about 15oz. Should be fun!
Here is my latest Big Daddy. With the mods, and with the help of Mark at Stickershock, it has been renamed BIGGER DADDY
Other mods include Kevlar recovery to the end of the BT then about 4.5 feet of elastic to finish the recovery train. Plastic molded eyelet was not used to NC attachment but rather used an eye bold and washers held in place by JB weld. It was made adjustable to modify the nose weight as needed.
Are you going to do that this month? I want to see a Big Daddy with a F240! It's going to take off like a rifle shot. The biggest motor I ever put in my Big Daddy was a E15.
Wound up with the F50 Skidmark because of the Cloud ceiling. Still scooted pretty fast! I have the F85, will buy the F240 at RG for it!
OK, here's my contribution to the Big Daddy Fleet.
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