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Started building my 38 mm bird tonight, the spirals are all filled and sanded, have a few spots that need a bit more attention and hopefully tomorrow I can assemble and get the first coat of primer on it so I can yet, sand it again. I will upload pics tomorrow. Hopefully it will be compete by the upcoming weekend so I can fly it weather permitting 😁
 

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Build it light and try the H45 it was designed for. Makes a nice flight.

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I usually build heavier and over compensate with thrust. Did you need to add nose weight to yours? I have an H410 BEGGING to be burnt.
 

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Build it light and try the H45 it was designed for. Makes a nice flight.

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I agree whole heartedly :). Flew this combo in '93 or so and almost lost it after a terrific flight. Consider a Jolly Logic Chute Release if you ever go this route, or with any other beefy motor for that matter :cool:.
 

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Just waiting for the epoxy to set on the fins, I was able to put internal filets on this and secure the fins to a point that i feel they are going no where, im going to do the filets and then a quick prime job to see what needs attention. Hopefully I can at least put the base coat on today, pics comming soon
 

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I built a DD HiTech and didn't add any weight or say but stick an RTx in the nose - low thrust long burn H45 was marginal only Good for no wind say, but other standard H's no problem.

I've only had 1 flight so no experience other than the H45 which pushed the low thrust limit
 

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So cool to see you posting again, Tommy! Thot the big bad bass mighta ate you!
 

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I have a LOC MAGNUM already built, need my level 2 before I get that beast ready to fly, hopefully this Saturday I'll achieve my L2.

Been working and got a really decent side job that gives me some "discretionary" AP money.. hehehehehhe
 

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Launched mine yesterday on a research H45 (7 sec burn, 290 N-s, fits 38/360 case). Good dual deploy flight, but still landed in the trees. Found with help from a tracker, but way in the top of a tree. The lowest part was about 50 feet from the ground. Still there :mad::( Even the string on crossbow bolt didn't work:(
 

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Took me 6 days to complete this, Probably my most hacked paint job ever. I rushed it so that it would be ready in time for a launch this weekend all for it to be scrubbed. Go figure.. heheheeheh I used automotive paint, that cost me twice the cost of the rocket itself, and im disappointed with the results. Maybe painting in 80% humidity had something to do with it, or maybe it was the handle sprayer I was using for the 3 base coats. Or Maybe I just rushed it. Either way, There is always the NEXT project, that I will be calling the DEMON ! If your a mopar fan you'll understand my though process.
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Can't tell the bad paint from the pics, I think it looks great. For the fligh line you'll never be able to tell
 

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Already had Mark H make me some decals

This will be for a 98mm minimum diameter
 

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We should start a separate gallery for us mopar guys..

I love the name, and decals !!! Min dia 98... Id say the name fits..

I was thinking Mach Demon
 

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I think these look so much better than the one you built. Not sure why you chose to do a crappy job on the prep and paint just to make a launch date. There will be other launches...right? Your fillets could have been a lot better. Just saying. Prep work is everything.
 

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I totally agree with you, the whole thing was rushed and I painted in 85% humidity, which we both know is a no no, my make shift spray booth sucked, however, my goal is to qualify level 2, I have a 54mm waiting for assembly on my bench, my goal with that is to step up my finish game, I appreciate the honesty.
 

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I totally agree with you, the whole thing was rushed and I painted in 85% humidity, which we both know is a no no, my make shift spray booth sucked, however, my goal is to qualify level 2, I have a 54mm waiting for assembly on my bench, my goal with that is to step up my finish game, I appreciate the honesty.
Thanks for seeing it as that. You do outstanding work on your builds and finishing. I mean your fillets are the nicest I have I seen.

You will get your L2 soon enough and good luck and straight boost on that flight for you.:)
 

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I get in the achieve the goal at all expense modes once in a while, the last one obviously, and as you probably know being your own worst critic is tough, I admire the others who see what I see and call it the same way I do. That's priceless
 

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So I'm gonna eat dirt if I say I'm a proud Pontiac driver here... HAHAHA *Cheers
 
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