This Old T.I.E. Fighter

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  1. Jan 16, 2019 #61

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    What's in the wallet... Star Bucks ?
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  2. Jan 16, 2019 #62

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    Well played, sir.
     
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  3. Jan 17, 2019 #63

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    Glued the nose cone together, using 5 minute epoxy.

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  4. Jan 17, 2019 #64

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    And the painted rocket section. Headed down the home stretch.

    The paint I used is Rust-oleum Ultracover. The color is "Satin Wildflower Blue". Hoping to make the rocket tube less visible, with the focus on the TIE.

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  5. Jan 17, 2019 #65

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    I bet you could fly the sustainer tube without the TIE model given the vertical and horizontal "fins".
     
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  6. Jan 17, 2019 #66

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    You are probably right. The REAL challenge would be to see how SHORT the tube could be, and still have a viable model rocket.

    But for me, this project is a walk down Memory Lane. It is also a small break from a large RC airplane I am building.
     
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  7. Jan 17, 2019 #67

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    Breaks are great.

    Me, for one, I like how you just build it.. and don't overthink it. Well done Sir.
     
  8. Jan 19, 2019 #68

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    Well, 'chute. :rolleyes:

    18" parachute from Apogee Components.

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  9. Jan 26, 2019 #69

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    Out in the sunlight. Hope for a first launch tomorrow [1/27/19].

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  10. Jan 26, 2019 #70

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    That chute looks like it's spinning just laying there. I also had one of these as a kid. I wish Estes would bring these kits back into production. Your rocket looks fantastic.
     
  11. Jan 26, 2019 #71

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    Sadly, that 18" parachute became something of a problem.

    It has fairly thick shroud lines, and I had to replace it with a 15" parachute. I was having trouble getting the 18" parachute to fit in the rocket tube.
     
  12. Jan 27, 2019 #72

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    The Force was with the Empire today. Successful launch of my TIE Fighter.

    On the pad.....and launch!

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  13. Jan 27, 2019 #73

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    Upward......time to deal with some rebel scum...:mad:

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    Onward...you can just hear the scream of those twin ion engines (in my imagination..:rolleyes:).

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    Almost at apogee.

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  16. Jan 27, 2019 #76

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    Returning from a successful mission. Lord Vader was pleased....:p

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    And the money pic.

    Happy, I am.

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    "I love it when a plan comes together" Nicely done sir. Thanks for letting us enjoy the adventure.
     
  19. Jan 27, 2019 #79

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    Magnificent, it is. Happy you should be.
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  20. Jan 28, 2019 #80

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    Beautiful painting. :)
     
  21. Jan 31, 2019 #81

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    Lake and Crawl should have a drag race. X Wing vs. Tie. Classic.
     
  23. Jan 31, 2019 #83

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    Here is how I took the pictures:

    CAMERA: Canon EOS Rebel SL1 [digital SLR]
    LENS: 18-55mm lens, at wide angle [18mm], auto-focus.
    SETTING: Auto-Speed

    TECHNIQUE:
    Just before ignition, I press and HOLD the pic button. I keep the button held down, and try to follow the rocket. Sometimes, I get great pics.

    Note that most of the pics that you see were CROPPED using Microsoft Picture Viewer. Look at Post #76. The first pic is cropped; the second is the standard photo.

    Once I get a pic like I want, I then use PhotoRazor [by Stormdance; free download] to make a smaller copy of the image, which is easier to upload.
    https://www.stormdance.net/software/photorazor/software overview.htm

    Here are some pics I took in Memphis last summer, including a CATO.
    https://www.rocketryforum.com/threads/memphis-tn-mid-south-rocket-society-7-21-2018.147145/
     
  24. Jan 31, 2019 #84

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    Your blue paint really color-matches the sky pretty well and blends in to make the TIE fighter stand out in the air. Only thing possibly better would be a transparent "Phantom" rocket. Kind of the opposite technique of putting clear fins on a scale rocket, you would put a clear rocket on scale "fins" :)
    Really nice job with the build and awesome flight pictures!
     
  25. Feb 2, 2019 #85

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    Great idea.

    But I [Crawf56] am in eastern Arkansas (near Memphis, TN), and I think Lakeroadster is in Colorado. A bit far. :oops:
     
  26. Feb 9, 2019 #86

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    Looking back at this project, the only thing I would have done different is the rocket tube.

    I ordered the cheapest rocket tube, and should have gotten a slightly more robust tube.

    The current tube is already showing a few kinks after one flight (up near the nose cone). However, I only plan to fly this model periodically, so it should be ok.
     
  27. Feb 23, 2019 #87

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    this just made my day a little lol
     
  28. Feb 23, 2019 #88

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    Yeah me too, really enjoyed it. Wish I'd found it sooner.
     
  29. Feb 26, 2019 #89

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    I always get a kick out of Sci Fi movies when you hear the engines scream and roar in space.....

    Was one of the things I liked about Sandra Bullock Gravity movie, no sound in space.

    Congrats on nice build and flight.
     

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