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pdooley

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Well, since nobody else started a thread, allow me:)

About 5-6 people launched today, I will just recap my own launches, as the others can do a much better job describing their stuff.

Recently built Duece with elliptical fins:
For some reason, didn't launch it:(

Quest Icarus kit bash with Preator fins:
One launch on A10-3T, good strait, low flight.

Scratch built BT5 rocket on A10-3T, good high flight, lost it the first time, Eugene helped my find it. BTW, thanks Eugene:)
Second flight was bizzar, NC ejected and stuck back in BT, point first. Lawn darted back down, damaged BT.
The model is so light I didn't bother with a streamer. Now I'm wondering if this contributed to the condition.

Quest Icarus with 2 A10 boosters:
One flight with C6-7 and 2 A10-3T boosters, good high flight, all 3 motors lit.

Big Bertha w/24mm MMT
One flight on E9-8, very high, lots of fin spin. Hung it in one of the few trees at the launch site.
Left it there, didn't feel like climbing a tree for $10.

Big Bertha w/18mm MMT
One flight CHAD staged C6/C6, weather cocked right off the pad, covered more distance horizontal than vertical. I thought this one was gone, lost in trees, but it made it out.

I brought out 2 prototypes inspired by Jason Toft, one single 24mm motor, one with 4x24mm.
The single 24 few nice and strait on a D12-5.
The 4x24 was launched with 2 D12-7's, slightly weather cocked, not as high as I thought it would go.

All-in-all, not a bad day, even though this was the first time I lost a rocket; not counting Mosquitos, of course:)
 

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Today was a great day for our local group. Sunny skies, on/off breezes, and a lot of BP!

My Flights (The weekend before Whitakers too!):

Der Red Max Clone - B4-4
Estes Heliocopter - C6-5
Terrier/Sandhawk Sport Scale - 1st flight C11-0/B4-4; 2nd flight D12-0/B4-4...AWESOME flight! Very high and nearly out of sight. This rocket definitely earned a trip to Whitakers.

Pics? Pics? I have TONS of pics...

First off - Joe M's 4-29SS on 4xE9s. Sweet!
 

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Here's Mike Hoy's Tomahawk. Sweet. I love liftoff pictures.
 

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Joe read my mind. I was thinking the same thing.
C'mon Eugene, please please!
 

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Here's Mike's PML Amraam liftoff on an F40W. Great liftoff shot!
 

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Pat posing with his mini-purple long rocket that had the bizzare recovery. Somehow the rocket manage to eject the nosecone only to have it snap back into the body tube, nose first. Wierd!
 

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Joe's Fort'e :D lifts off in a hurry on a G80T.
 

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ChrisVG's Initiator lifting off on an E30T. So Chris, when are you gonna open up this bird on a G40W? ;) (Chris is a very low risk kinda guy.)
 

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Here Pat shows off his new BT80 4x24mm MMT scratchbuild rocket. It's a smaller chubbier rocket. He fliew it on 2 D12s for the first time without any problems. Time to load it up on 4 C11s!
 

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Could this be our future home? It's HUGE for Tampa! This picture is actually about 5 spliced together.
 

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Nice pictures Eugene. I downloaded the entire collection from the zip file link you sent us. Has anyone named the 'gator yet?
 

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Originally posted by Zippy
Nice pictures Eugene. I downloaded the entire collection from the zip file link you sent us. Has anyone named the 'gator yet?
I dunno, but that gator ate my 24mm upscale Deuce "Tour de Deuce Mascot" with digital camera. It almost had my AT Mustang too! :kill: All I can say is that if we get the new field there will be no lakes or ponds to deal with!

cls, thanks! I was taking full advantage of the zoom feature on my camera. For a second there I didn't think I caught it.
 

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Originally posted by pdooley
Eugene, where is the new(possible) site located??
The other numbered highway. For various reasons, I prefer to not post the location online just yet. Drop me a line. I must say, it is bigger than where we are flying. There are no lakes either. It's not a long drive for you.
 
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