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GreatWhite

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Hi Everyone,

First post on here and I hope to gain a lot of useful knowledge. I am getting back in to rocketry after being out for quite a few years. I am joing a local club here in San Diego called DART. I have been looking at Madcow Rocketry's kits for some time now and would like to make a purchase however I would like some feedback from anybody who may own one. Is there one iin particular that you reccomend? Fiberglass positive or no? Any information will be greatly appreciated. Here is there website www.madcowrocketry.com


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Patrick
 

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Patrick,
I have made the decision to get back into it (rocketry) after many years. I have given my sons exposure to many hobbies with hope they wold pick-up on whatever drew their interest.
Rocketry didn't make the A-list for them.

Now that one is in college and the the 14year old is into sports and other activities I decided to have some fun, and time for myself.

Lurking on TRF for a while I have revisited the basics and found the direction that I wish to go with this.

Besides heading for the NAR membership and getting out and supporting a local club, i just ordered a couple of mid power kits direct from Madcow.

I placed two orders on the same day, each having shipping charges.
Two days later I received an email from Mike at Madcow,"We credited you for shipping for one of your orders as we were able to combine them. You should see the credit against your AMEX."

If this is any indication about the company, I expect good things to follow.
Like a kid I am patiently waiting for the Fedex delivery.

I think that I have made the right choice both with the getting back in the saddle as well as my first choice for a manufacturer to shop from.

Oh yeah, did I forget?
Momba and DX3

Best of luck to you,
Wm.
 

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So come on up to Salem on the 19th and join the madness.

We are looking at a 10-way Viper Race.

Al
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Welcome Great White! You will find tons of useful people and info here. DART is a great club to join.

As for your question, I *highly* recommend Madcow kits. They are super easy to assemble, no fiberglass necessary if building to specs. They look great, and they fly great.

Here are 2 of mine The Scooter and the Solar Express. Now I tend to overbuild, and I beefed up the scooter in case I wnated to stick a 29/180/240 casing in it. I did the same with S.E., I added a 38mm MMT to it and glassed just the fins. Man they fly great. Have fun!!

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daveyfire

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Agreed with everyone else; I've got a couple of Madcow kits and they're excellent -- very complete, strong kits that come with clean-fitting parts and clear instructions. Mike is a stand-up guy, too, and is excellent to work with. Madcow is HIGHLY recommended if you're looking to jump in to midpower!
 

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Patrick,

I've been in DART for a little less than a year and my first three rockets, including the one I did my L1 and L2 on, were Madcow kits. I highly recommend them!

You might want to look at the Madcow reviews, including my reviews of the DX3 and Super Dx3, on EMRR -- http://www.rocketreviews.com/

Welcome aboard!
 

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I got my level 1 this fall with a Madcow Patriot.

Nice kit to build and didn't need any fiberglassing.

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I got my level 1 this fall with a Madcow Patriot.

Nice kit to build and didn't need any fiberglassing.
So did I. I also have the Mozzie flying and Solar Express waiting finishing.

Great kits, see if you can snag a 20% coupon in the new member edition of SR.
 

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Madcow kits and customer service are excellent. I have the Little John, Cowabunga, Mozzie, and the Cricket. So far they all fly good, and are very easy to build. Top quality materials are provided in the kits.

His website is great and allows you to order with, or without the chute. It's nice to have the option sometimes.
 

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Yup ,as mentioned.....great kits.I have built the Phoenix and Seawolf....very happy with the quality of the parts and fit.I have the Honest John comming in the mail.

Welcome back !

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Madcow sells fiberglass kits now--have you considered one of those? Never have to worry about durability with FG. There's also some great Wildman mid to high power kits now, like the Drago.
 

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I built the Mozzie and fiber glassed the long fins to keep them from warping due to Florida's humidity and I wanted to use the larger 29mm motors. Easy to build and a great flier. Check out nefar.net look for Bunnell Blast in November videos and see how she flew on G-76 & 64. Next is the 29-180...can't wait!

I have LOC and Performance kits and they are just a good but I like this design that is close to the mosquito.

Later.
Wild Doogie
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I built the Mozzie and fiber glassed the long fins to keep them from warping due to Florida's humidity and I wanted to use the larger 29mm motors. Easy to build and a great flier. Check out nefar.net look for Bunnell Blast in November videos and see how she flew on G-76 & 64. Next is the 29-180...can't wait!

NEFAR
I love my Mozzie - it's a great rocket for any size field.

I'm curious how you'll fit a 29/180 case in, though. I can't fit mine in my Mozzie without the case sticking an inch out the aft end. Perhaps I just need to pack the chute tighter...
 

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Yep..I tried the 180 case and you need to pack it tight or the nosecone will push forward. The larger G motors will do just fine. Did you get a chance to view the NEFAR website for the November 09 Bunnell Blast. I could not believe how quick the Mozzie was. Blink and it's gone. My Loc modified Legacy's are not quite as fast as the Mozzie.

Again great kit and support from Mike. I will purchase another Mad Cow kit in the near future.

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I have a Mozzie and the darn thing won't die, I haven't tried a 180 case, I did fly it on a KBA G82 but that is a 150 case.
 

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I have a Mozzie and the darn thing won't die, I haven't tried a 180 case, I did fly it on a KBA G82 but that is a 150 case.
I had a failed deployment on a D12-3 back in March. The nose cone got maybe 2" out of the tube, but the chute stayed stuck. It fell 300 feet onto fairly hard soil onto one fin, and bounced. No damage.

The only damage mine's taken was a little burn mark (maybe 1" by 1/2" by 1/4" deep) on the shoulder of the nose cone after an overactive ejection charge. I coated the soft balsa with either wood glue or epoxy - something hard - and it's been fine ever since.

It's flown on a D12-3 twice, an E15-4W once, an E23-8T once, and an F23-4J once. Next comes a G. Maybe a G80SK if I can get my hands on one.

I intend to fly mine till it dies. Then I'll get another one, glass it, and I'll fly it on an H238T because that's the most powerful motor that fits. If a Mozzie can survive that, it can survive anything.
 

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I have the Bomarc from Madcow, but haven't flown it. Needs a minimum of and F50-4 and not sure it'll stay within the confines of a school football field.
May get the Honest John next.
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Thanks for all the replys! Just goes to show you being out of it for a while I have got a lot to learn. I was launching where I was using the Estes A thru D motors..... AHH! I am hoping by going to the launch at DART on the 27th I can learn a lot!

Thanks again!

Patrick
 

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I recieved my madcow Honest John ,and must say a very impressive kit.Although not a "true" scale kit ,this thing is going to be a very easy build and should handle some very rough flights when finished.
Ths large nosecone will only need a bit of cleanup (mold seam/flash) and an alcohol bath as well as the body tube ,fins,C-rings and motor tube.

A Christmas holiday build me thinks :hohoho:


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