Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by BeerorKid, Jan 31, 2013.
Flattening out the poster I snagged from our booth at Student Launch
Bonded my booster tube on my MAC Performance Firestick XL
Preparing (2) new 20', 9/16 nylon harnesses for my Madcow DX3. I'll be using the 15', 1/4" Kevlar in my Darkstar Jr that is nearing completion.
Did density tests on some 54 & 75mm grains I cast this week:
Renewed my NAR membership.
Bought materials to make my motor test stand.
Eventually it will look similar to this
Racing to be ready for tomorrow's launch.
Finished ejection charge testing on my L3 build. 4” fiberglass MadCow DX3 XL. Now printing my x-shaped av bay.
Testing my build next weekend with an L1000!
HARA was lucky enough to have the field one more time this season before planting, and we braved the weather to go out and certify some folks!
Between administering L2 tests and pushing the button a couple times, I made an attempt to fly the alphabet, only being foiled by having brought a pack of E16s instead of F15s....
Despite the motor mishap, loss of my 60th Alpha, and the rain breaks that sent us retreating under our tents, it was a good day!
4 L1 certs, 2 L2 certs, and a good end to the flying season
I got to fly my BMS School('d) rocket again for the 3rd of 8 Pro 24 6gr flights, working my way up the thrust scale.
Flew the flip flier for the first time (it has a couple minor perforations due to leaving it in reach of my girlfriend's cats), and my old trusty patriot SAM (now signed by V. Estes) on a Q-jet! Interesting little motor, it goes Phffft!
Detritus of a flying day
Successfully launched my Level 3 Rocket AND recovered it. We launch on a dry lake bed, and I guess since there were no trees in the vicinity, the rocket decided to attempt a water landing (on a dry lake bed).
Same thing with this one, dry feilds for miles, and it find the irrigation canal.
I also did my part for recruiting to the hobby this week - gave one of my "extra" kits to my wife as a "present" - she built it and cert'd level 1 today.
Added some custom decals to the rocket
Painted w/ decals by wolsen posted Apr 13, 2019 at 8:22 PM
Repair work on my Tomahawk after the booster below it CATO’d.
I’ll need to recut the vinyl, but if the local High School can’t help (the original was from there) I’m setting up my Ender 5 to cut.
Completed both in a few hours, both 80 grams under the original estimate, ready for the 4k sports camera on mid-power.
Built eggtimers. Power on test successful and ready for vacuum chamber test (after soldering in the jumper).
I missed previous post, what kind of foam are you using?
Sand prime, fill, sand,prime, fill...
Cleanup day at the field cancelled because of rain. Ground tested ejection charges for a Darkstar Jr. Started way low with 1g. Upped it to 1.6 for a second try. I also don't think I had the powder packed tight enough, the main charge just sizzled.
I've used Pratt ejection canisters for my previous flights but decided to try glove fingers.
Did some flat black pigmenting on my XTF- 18. Had a couple spots not masked tight. Couple decals here and there and it will look good at a few hundred feet up in the sky. Love this little bird. One of my favorite designs. Ha, they are all loved the same.
Based on the successful high power rocket flights with my 4k action cam, these are the test flights of the mid power action cam rockets. A great day with SARA and some fun video. Thanks.
Now I'm attaching new fins on another scratcher I'm repairing. I had originally papered the fins. The paper started to peel off while the rocket was in storage. And it took it hard in the box of other rockets. I never did finish this one anywhoo.
So, signed by Mr. Estes and flown on a quest motor. Doesn't that invoke some ancient curse on you?
Congrats to both!
On Saturday I assembled my first reload (Aerotech G53) and flew my ASP WAC Corporal. I was nervous I was going to do it wrong and destroy the casing.
Not today, but Saturday. I actually made it to a local club (MTMA) launch. For the first time in a long time schedule wasn't jammed full, and the club didn't have to cancel because of weather (I think they only had two launches that didn't get rained out last year). It was a beautiful day and I flew several rockets and helped a little guy (Nico) and his dad with some repairs. First time I've gotten rockets into the air in longer than I care to admit.
Finished mounting ebay equipment , triple checked wiring diagrams, studied for level 2 test.
Next project, ejection charge testing!
The upside of rainy launch days: Skidmarks
Spent a really nice day at Kennedy Space Center. Always amazed at how massive the Space Shuttle Orbiter is.
Also made me want to build some scale models.
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