Originally posted by Dr. Don
Hey! Nice job Mr. FC!
That triple pack should really ZZZZZZip!!!!!!!
How big is your field?
How big's my flying field? The park I fly at is about 8 soccer fields (full size); two rows of four fields side by side. I successfully launched and recovered my Skybolt clone on an E9-8 there. The Skybolt got *at least* 2200' and came down with a bit of excess drift due to the 18" nylon chute I used.
The good news is that with the mounts I have, I could fly it on the E9-8's to the RockSim predicted altitude of 1850', or scale it all the way back to a trio of C11-3's or C11-5's (that should put it under 1000' for sure)
Originally posted by powderburner
From what I could see, it looks like you did an excellent job of painting and striping. That thing ALMOST looks too good to launch!
Thanks - it *does* look nice. I could take some close-ups of the blemishes, but.... I'd rather y'all keep the opinion that it's pristine.
One thing I did notice is that the silver mylar stripes have a pretty good amount of stretch in them - this was most evident on the body wraps just below the black section.
As far as the paint, it was easy. To make it easier, I didn't glue the top (black) part to the lower (white) part until the rocket was otherwise totally complete. That made the seam between the two colors perfectly flush (because it's at a body tube joint) and eliminated the need for masking.
I'm still hoping to make it down for the NSL launch next month. Assuming that I do, I'm planning on bringing the Optima down for it's maiden flight on E9's - you can have a closer look then if you make it too!
Originally posted by Micromister
A great lookking bird! I wish I had decided to put a 3 D/E cluster in my Optima. but at the time I went with the single D12.
Man what a mistake!!! live and learn
You guys might get a kick out of seeing Mr. dumb-O here's first D12-5!!! Optima launch attempt.. Then the rebuild fligtht and my final solution to the power augmentation porblem for an already built model
Forecheck I'm sure with 3 D12 or E9's you'll enjoy this very nice looking model as I have....After alrteation
Heres the BAD launch!
Reading your reviews/quips on your personal experiences with the Optima really sealed it for me to go with the 3 x E cluster, particularly the bit of going with the outboard cluster power.