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Fred Garvin

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Due to the weather over the last week....every day humidity has been 80% or higher....I've got 3 rockets waiting on paint.....so, I started an Expedition. It's got a pretty cool motor mount assembly, a bit different from the usual:

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Yup, definitely not your fun of the mill motor mount. I have pulled mine out of the bag and mocked up a few things in an effort to make a 4 motor cluster. The build will start in earnest after the Pinewood Derby race in February. I'll be interested to see how your build goes.
 

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I'm just gonna build it per kit specs.....more for the fleet than anything. This kit does have some interesting parts for future kit bashing efforts.....not that it helps, but I've got a couple Ventris kits in the build pile. I already have a spec Ventris that I've flown a few times.....I'm thinking about bashing one into a Ventris sized Honest John.
 

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My first thought was to put three dummy nozzles on it to dress things up a bit and complete the look but the rocket gods started to stir as I was considering it. I was only able to calm them by making the commitment to clustering if I include the nozzles.
 

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Get one of those motor kits with the three motors canted outward.....from Apogee I think? They'd be pretty cool coming out of the fairings, but then there'd be some fin work to do.....
 

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I am building a Tres right now and I plan on bashing a simliar MMT with the 24mm central mount. The three canted tubes will vent into the central tube so that it can be flown on 1,3 or 4 motors. It's not terribly complicated but will be a bit more precise that most of what I usually build.
 
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