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SteelyEyed

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Back before the big TRF crash I had posted a build thread for an original design I called the "Reaper." I flew it recently at the first launch of the year for SPARC (Spokane Area Rockety Club) and last week I received an email request for more info about the rocket, so I thought I would share it more broadly if anyone happens to be interested. An upscale might be cool too.

It is a 4 inch airframe with a 54mm MMT and it utilized a Rowe's conical nozzle retainer. It is a zipperless, baffled design. I also did a custom set of decals for it. (The vinyl graphics file will be posted later in this thread.) Previously, a number of TRF folks had expressed interest in this design hoping it might be available as a kit. Well the kit is not going to happen for this one, so I thought I would post the RockSim file and the link to a photo gallery of the build. If anyone wants to build one... have at it. There are no instructions written for it and there's not a lot of detail of the build in the photo gallery, but you can probably figure it out from the photos and the RockSim file if you're so inclined.



Here's a link to the build photo gallery...

http://s138.photobucket.com/albums/q273/steelyeyed/Reaper%20Build/

View attachment ATS X-54 Reaper.rkt
 
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I tried to upload and attach the CorelDraw file that contains the decal art and I get an "invalid file type" error message. If you want the decal file, PM me with your email address and I will send you what I've got. Or you could order a set printed and cut from Scott Binder at Binder Sign and Design (he made the set for mine)...
 

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Very cool! Where did you get the canopy nose cone?
 

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I tried to upload and attach the CorelDraw file that contains the decal art and I get an "invalid file type" error message. If you want the decal file, PM me with your email address and I will send you what I've got. Or you could order a set printed and cut from Scott Binder at Binder Sign and Design (he made the set for mine)...
You can either zip it or change the extension to a valid file type like .txt with instructions on changing it back to whatever CorelDraw uses for a drawing file.
 

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THAT is a seriously cool model!

Try printing it as a pdf with a 1" square for scale.

It works when I post CAD drawings.
 

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Very cool! Where did you get the canopy nose cone?
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If you take a look at the build photo gallery, you will see that the canopy is made from a piece of a 1 liter plastic Mountain Dew bottle. I cut it to shape, filled it with about a 1/4" thick layer of JBWeld, wrapped my nosecone in wax paper, then taped the partially cured canopy to the wax paper to shape it to the nosecone. After it set up, I pulled it off the wax paper, epoxied to the nosecone and filled the gap around the edges with Bondo. It turned out pretty nice.

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You can either zip it or change the extension to a valid file type like .txt with instructions on changing it back to whatever CorelDraw uses for a drawing file.
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Thanks, I'll give that a try... tomorrow. Gotta get some sleep for now.

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THAT is a seriously cool model!

Try printing it as a pdf with a 1" square for scale.

It works when I post CAD drawings.
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Thanks Sandman, for whatever reasons I get most of my satisfaction out of this hobby doing original designs. I like building better than flying, but I really like flying them too... I just love this hobby.

The Reaper flies great too. I almost lost it in a tree last weekend. It hung up about 15 feet off the ground in a big pine tree at the SPARC launch. My son climbed the tree and safely recovered it...

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If you take a look at the build photo gallery, you will see that the canopy is made from a piece of a 1 liter plastic Mountain Dew bottle. I cut it to shape, filled it with about a 1/4" thick layer of JBWeld, wrapped my nosecone in wax paper, then taped the partially cured canopy to the wax paper to shape it to the nosecone. After it set up, I pulled it off the wax paper, epoxied to the nosecone and filled the gap around the edges with Bondo. It turned out pretty nice.

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DOH! Yeah, would help if I had looked at the build photo gallery before posting!:rolleyes: :p
 

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Here's a 2D graphic that shows some internal detail...

 

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And another photo that shows the fins (wings and canards) better...

 

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You can either zip it or change the extension to a valid file type like .txt with instructions on changing it back to whatever CorelDraw uses for a drawing file.
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Okay, as you suggested I changed the extension from .cdr to .txt
I no longer have CorelDraw on my PC so I cannot test to see if this works, or even check to see if it is a valid file that CorelDraw can read. I need someone out there with CorelDraw to download this file and change the extension from .txt back to .cdr and then see if the file will open in CorelDraw.

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View attachment Reaper Decals.txt
 

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And here it is back at you in PDF format 1=1

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Thanks loads dlb, I appreciate the extra effort on your part. Now that I see the contents of the file (it's been a couple of years), I see it does not include the full set of graphics. I will have to contact Scott Binder and see if he still has the complete vinyl graphics file.

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Nice design, it almost looks like it's designed off of the Bomarc.
 

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Nice design, it almost looks like it's designed off of the Bomarc.
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Thanks BsSmith. I guess the paint scheme reminds me a bit of the Bomarc, but I did not have the Bomarc in mind when I designed the Reaper. My favorite style of rocket has always been the futuristic space plane type. In this case I was trying to come up with a design that was a sequel to the “Top Secret,” a rocket I designed back in the 70’s (http://www.spacemodeling.org/JimZ/eirp_78.htm ). I wanted it to include the primary design features of the original TS, two tube fins (or nacelles), a cock pit canopy, and wing/rudder style fins. And I also wanted to add canard fins. Those were the design elements rattling around in my head with the Reaper came out…
 

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Very Bomarc-y-Interceptorish... LOL:)

Try to say that fast five times... OL JR :)
 

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SE:

Every big brother has to have a little brother... Here is "The War Hog", an 18mm version of the Reaper. I finally got to finish this today after two years of it being part of my "unfinished fleet". Took a little liberty with the decals to give it my personal touch... What do you think?
 

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Raul, that is a beautiful rendition of the design. Nice work. It's almost too pretty to fly. Are you gonna fly it, or just admire it?

Bret
 

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Thanks Bret!

I'm flying it next weekend. I am getting together with some members and friends of NARHAMS next weekend for an "all day" sport lauch at a hay field in northern Maryland. I will be flying about 7 new rockets and among those is the War Hog. Rocksim puts it over 300' with a B6-4 and over 700' with a C6-5. Right now I am "custom" making a 16" diameter parachute out of a black trash bag to go with the finish of the rocket. I am following instructions found in the 2nd Edition of the Centuri Model Rocketry Design Manual to make the parachute... I have not made a parachute since... since... thinking... since........ ah, since at least 1979 (I think...) :confused2: It turned out to be a heavy bird: 2.3 oz. Most of the weight is on the NC which is 1.07 oz due to the cockpit modification.
 

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Bret,

Very sweet design. Have you thought about stretching this and making it dual deployment.
 

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Bret,

Very sweet design. Have you thought about stretching this and making it dual deployment.
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Thanks for the compliment. No, because this is a zipperless baffle design I never really considered converting it to DD. However, I am working on a modular avbay for my 3" airframe Bolaero-Endgame (which is also a zipperless baffle design). The modular avbay receives the coupler at the bottom end and it has a coupler on the upper end that plugs into the forward airframe. Maybe I'll build a similar modular avbay for my 4" fleet...

Bret
 

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SteelyEyed: The War Hog (the Reaper's 18mm little brother) flew this weekend on a B6-4. Stable and straight flight... about over 300 feet I think. Proof that it can be down scaled!!! Check the flight pictures here. The thread is here.
 
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