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rokitflite

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You should make all of the ping pong balls the same color otherwise it won't fly straight.
 

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i can't see from the design where the fourth ping pong ball goes? i guess i'll have to wait to find out.
 

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Oohhhh..
I like it...

Must resist urge to start new project...
:eyepop:
Must .... not..... go...... to...... workshop.........

AAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHH
 

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i can't see from the design where the fourth ping pong ball goes? i guess i'll have to wait to find out.
When gathering the pieces I was going from memory. It was wrong.:(
Only three were needed.
 

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Wow, quite the balls on that rocket! :D

Neat design. I've never seen spherical phins before. They should work well. Are you going to finish them smooth or leave them rough?
 

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The ping pong balls are pretty smooth. All they'll need is a light sanding after
a coat of primer.
 

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That was one of my favorite book series!

Keep us posted.
 

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This is too cool.

I've used ping pong balls for noses, transitions, gun turrets, etc. Never for fins? or are the landing struts the fins?

Anyway, very nice.
 

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Have you flown this bird?

Just curious.......................
 

Mike Howie

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Nope, I'm a wimp. Too cold for me. So, right now I build.
 

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Hey Mike , I always enjoy seeing what you come up with.
good stuff
 

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We recently had about 8 - 12" of snow which is unheard of. Not being a wimp, I told my wife I was going out to launch a rocket in the snow. My wife accused me of being crazy (which is really just stating the obvious). To keep marital harmony - again not because I wimped out because I hate cold weather, especially when wet and our snow was really wet and not because it sounded like good idea at the time, but the more I thought about it the less fun it really seemed - I postponed my launch until the next big Texas snow event. Which shouldn't be for a good long time.

Please post some pix when you get her up in the air.
 

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I'm curious about how those ping pong balls will work out. I'm working on a scratch build lander of my own that is just screaming for some cajones, as in ping pong cajones.
 

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Very nice job. You gotta love it when they fly for the first time. Scotty Dog
 

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Mike: Where is the LL on your lander? BTW very kool. Nice job on this one. You always come up with interesting builds!
 

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Using an 1/8" drill bit, I drilled through one of the PPB, through the aft centering ring, and the aft transition skirt. Then I used one of JFLIS's long launch lugs, and with Elmers FnF, blended the LL to the PPB and the transition.
 

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This thread is is still sadly lacking in painted glamor shots and flight shots.

It's a cool rocket and needs some exposure.
 
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