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#### Ronz Rocketz

##### NAR# 109557
I should have specified I was referring to angling your onboard cameras out a bit.
Ah, the 808 cams do that naturally. Honestly, I'm tired of looking at Waipahu and like to see each rocket in the frame. I want to go back to the other side of the island for a different view but it's an hour drive through Honolulu and the beach tourists don't appreciate rockets landing on them. Go figure...

#### BABAR

##### Builds Rockets for NASA
Nice. Drone adds a great perspective. Looks like you guys were really feeling your oats!

#### Ronz Rocketz

##### NAR# 109557
Nice. Drone adds a great perspective. Looks like you guys were really feeling your oats!
For sale at Costco. I’m not sure if I could trust leaving it in one spot or if it needs constant checking. I’d hate to look up and find it missing.

#### BABAR

##### Builds Rockets for NASA
For sale at Costco. I’m not sure if I could trust leaving it in one spot or if it needs constant checking. I’d hate to look up and find it missing.
Was this an FPV drone? I'd figure somebody was constantly EYES on flying the drone, don't think I could do both launch the rocket and fly the drone by myself.

#### Ronz Rocketz

##### NAR# 109557
More night launches on a moderate windy evening

Night launches with Gary and Christopher. The forecast said under 3mph winds but were gusting to 10mph. I had plans to launch larger rockets and try composites in the dark. I scrubbed launching the V2 and 29mm Tubular rockets. It turned out the composites are not as exciting in the dark as the black powder. We still got some fantastic photos.

The Fletch Cargo was the best launch of the evening. We used my new David Thomas controller. I wanted to try it with the 12v battery charger from Costco, but I left the clamps attached which drained the charger. Fortunately, Gary brought his and worked great until it didn't, and we switched to the DIY controller.

Gary launched his Firebolt beginner rocket with payload. He brought several motors for it. I suggested switching to streamer so it doesn't end up in the tree which it may have. However, the streamer wasn't enough and popped off two of the plastic fins so no more launches with the rocket for the rest of the evening.

Based on last week's experience, I shoulda known better than to use the B6-4 in the Harpoon with the lights attached. The ground impact exasperated the tube damage that was in the package. A little thin CA and electrical tape, and it's goodish as new. I figure the LED lights couldn't mess up the Shuttle rocket any further and worked as predicted despite adding nose cone weight for stability. I doubt I'll fly this rocket again.

0:00 Puma 3pts
1:08 Gary's Firebolt
1:57 Air Walker 4pts
3:02 Quinstar 3pts
4:44 Harpoon 3pts
7:26 Fletch Cargo 4pts
8:54 Shuttle 4pts
10:34 Total 21pts + 10 bonus = 31pts

#### Joekeyo

##### Well-Known Member
We're there UFO reports in Hawaii last night?

#### Ronz Rocketz

##### NAR# 109557
We're there UFO reports in Hawaii last night?
No, emergency personnel were too busy rescuing the old ladies from the apartment building.

#### Ronz Rocketz

##### NAR# 109557
Post Thanksgiving small kine launches with moderate winds and mist

The forecast was supposed to be 2 to 5 mph winds but ended up gusting to 10mph with cells of misting clouds passing through. This time, I forgot my 12v recharger and Gary's wasn't working, so we used the backup and the backup to the backup.

I was nervous with launching the Mega Tubular I made. This was my first 29mm rocket and went about 600 to 700ft. I didn't angle any of my rockets for fear of landing on the pickleball tournament. The JLCR worked flawlessly. I tried to use it again in the Harpoon but wouldn't turn on. It did sit in the rocket for several minutes. I don't remember seeing low battery on the unit. At home, it recharged fine and working properly so I guess it just got tired.

Part of the problem with the Gryphon is that it stuck on the rod so didn't have enough thrust off the rod. I purposely avoided painting the area between the rocket and the glider but will sand it more for the next attempt. The SMS suffered minor damage to the body opening. It looked like it smacked into the NC fin causing two dents. Perhaps the D12-5 is better.

Gary's Mix n Match launched fine then turned into the wind about half way up. We theorize it coulda hit a gust of wind and weathercocked. By the time I picked up my son from work in a couple hours, the parachute was off the roof so easy to retrieve.

I've been processing the video on my Ryzen laptop which has more memory than the Surface. The problem is that it renders the video at twice the bitrate causing the file to be twice as large. When I lower the video bitrate, it also lowers the audio bitrate. Please let me know if anyone understands why this is happening.

0:00 Intro
0:14 Mega Tubular 5pts
1:34 Gryphon 3pts
2:25 Super Mars Snooper 420ft 5pts
4:15 Turbo Quest 4pts
5:21 Gary's Mini Square
5:39 Gary's Dare 2B Square
6:03 Gary's Mix n Match 55
6:43 Total 17 + 5 bonus = 22pts

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#### kuririn

##### BARGeezer
Ron to the rescue!
Brought my Gryphon and Brocket but after roofing the Mix N Match I decided not to chance it.

#### Cape Byron

##### The BAR formerly known as Skippy-2
Ron to the rescue!
Brought my Gryphon and Brocket but after roofing the Mix N Match I decided not to chance it.
From my experience Brockets are fond of trees...

#### Ronz Rocketz

##### NAR# 109557
Launching with DARS in Arlington, TX

We were visiting my father in law in Dallas. Out of curiosity, I googled local rocketry clubs and found DARS.org who scheduled a LPR launch on Sunday. I then visited Hobby Lobby and bought the ESAM-58 for $12 plus a pack of B4-4 motors for$5 since I knew there would be winds on Sunday. I met several great people who helped me launch the rocket including John and David plus several others. Update: I got the rocket home in mostly in one piece, just a little fin crack. The flight home was tumultuous. We made it to Oahu but there was a massive rain storm that diverted everyone to Maui where we fueled up and hopped over to Honolulu. We arrived home two hours later.

#### kuririn

##### BARGeezer
I hope it's not that windy this Saturday.

#### GlenP

##### Well-Known Member
... I then visited Hobby Lobby and bought the ESAM-58 for $12 plus a pack of B4-4 motors for$5 ...
nothing wrong with an unpainted rocket for a maiden. One thing I have thought would be interesting, is a technique sometimes used in wind tunnel testing for flow surface visualization with a type of oil. Apply a series of paint dots around the rocket in various places, in alternating colors if you want, then launch it. The surface friction will spread the paint dots. Would probably work better for a longer duration boost, or maybe a few dots over several launches to kind of make your own Jackson Pollock version of a paint scheme.

probably more interesting results on a canted fin rocket, you know like those spin-art things you could do at the fair when you were a kid?

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#### Sooner Boomer

##### Well-Known Member
Launching with DARS in Arlington, TX

We were visiting my father in law in Dallas. Out of curiosity, I googled local rocketry clubs and found DARS.org who scheduled a LPR launch on Sunday. I then visited Hobby Lobby and bought the ESAM-58 for $12 plus a pack of B4-4 motors for$5 since I knew there would be winds on Sunday. I met several great people who helped me launch the rocket including John and David plus several others. Update: I got the rocket home in mostly in one piece, just a little fin crack. The flight home was tumultuous. We made it to Oahu but there was a massive rain storm that diverted everyone to Maui where we fueled up and hopped over to Honolulu. We arrived home two hours later.

That looked like a lot of fun! My brothers live in Dallas, I've got to get down there for a launch sometime!