Hey Curtis! I'm following your footsteps, a couple months behind. I was a rocketry nut in the early/mid 70s (born in 1961.) I got away from it when I joined the military but thought about the sport a lot. Now that I am retired from two jobs and never plan to work again, I decided to start over. Like you, I ordered a Loc IV and the very night that I ordered it I read here about the SBR Fusion. I ended up ordering it tonight as it has all the options that I would want to add. I'm not sure which that I will build first. But while I'm waiting, I decided to build an Estes der Red Max, just to get my hobby feet back under me.
Good luck with your endeavors.
Hey, Raindog, it's a pleasure to meet you. Yes, a few parallel lines there, except I was born a couple years earlier, early enough to remember watching John Glenn's lift-off on a B&W TV with rounded corners
From there I was hooked and was a 60's 'Space Kid' (later, a 70' Space Cadet, but that's a different story
Wow, the Fusion looks like the Full-Meal-Deal. I'm kinda glad I didn't see that first, but I am not certain that I would have been able to keep it under 1500g. for the local field (I was looking at the Super DX3 at first, but wouldn't have any place to fly it over here unless I went rogue and flew it in some farmer's field), but it looks like an awesome rocket! I like the Level flexibility, and I am trying to build that into my IV. I have a build thread on my IV that might help in some ways, as I am a couple steps ahead I can serve as a warning of what not
to do! LOL! I look forward to seeing more of your posts on your progress! Are you in the PNW? https://www.rocketryforum.com/threads/my-loc-iv-build-thread.152141/
I am SO tempted to get some other kits, but I hope to fly (and hopefully get my L1) at one of the upcoming fly-in's out on the desert. I always loved the Trident back in the day, and while Estes doesn't make it anymore I believe there are other manufacturers out there. i would love to upscale it as a project. I always thought it was the most beautiful rocket...
Stop by at FITS. I'll be camping out near the road on the left as you look at the pads, with a white minivan and half a gazillion high school students.
Hey Boat, I am really hoping to make it to FITS. If i do I will definitely look you up! Do you go to any of the Tri-City fly-in's? I might have to shoot for a bit later in the season. I am finishing the fillets on the fins now, and have started the coupler/E-bay, so, depending on my work load, I might be able to shoot for my L1 at FITS, otherwise it might be a bit later in the season. Are you East-of-the-Mountains, or in WestWa?
if it's not too late, build the motor tube as big as you can and adapt down. Some day you will get to a bigger field and will want to fly on a bigger motor. You can never adapt up!
Hey, CBarick, yes, I have kept the stock 38mm, and have also obtained a 29mm adapter and RMS systems for both sizes, so I am pretty flexible for the IV and future rockets.