What did you do rocket wise today?

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  1. Sep 19, 2019 #22,891

    Wayco

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    My philosophy as well. Although our fields out here are huge, with standing waivers to 50,000 ft. for the TRA/PHX club. Another good reason to "overbuild a bit".
    With two HPR launches every month from September to May, most of my rockets get a lot of pad time.

    Today I packed our old truck "Grosser" for a one day launch with the Superstition Spacemodeling Society, the local NAR club. They have a new site a bit further South than the old Salome emergency airfield. No chance of drifting over I-10 now. Still planning to keep everything under 10,000 ft. until we get to know the area better. They have a call in waiver to 15,000 ft. MSL.
     
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    I live in New England. Big wide-open spaces are not really what this region's known for. The largest field my club flies from is about an hour away and they get a 5,000' waiver, but due to the presence of high-tension wires in the area, that ceiling is only available when the winds are favorable. When the winds are from the East, the ceiling drops to 1000'. The field is only available after the hay's been mown, and only by town permit. The fields they use that are closer to me are limited to Low/Mid power flights under 2000', conditions permitting. Of course, that 2000' is pretty generous ... most flights stay under 1000' to avoid decorating the local vegetation with rocket-shaped baubles.

    I try and launch with the club whenever possible, but I also use some of the larger schoolyards and parks in the area. Definitely helps work on those spot landing skills, and I do need that practice! ;)
     
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  3. Sep 20, 2019 #22,893

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    Today, I worked on this.
    That's a Zeptomag.
    That's going in my newest scratch build. ??? :D
     

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    Thanks to sandpaper, the squirrel now has its acorn! Now for sanding sealer. Onward to glory!!!

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    Is this one of them goonies I’ve been hearing about?
     
  6. Sep 20, 2019 #22,896

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    It does look goonie-ish doesn't it? But technically, no. Goonys are bt-60 based.
    Filling and sanding my "Three finned Acorn", AKA Estes Fat Boy clone.
    Lost the original to the depths of the Pacific Ocean a few months ago.:(
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    I finished a Fatboy a month or two ago. Painted same as the packaging. Waiting for the rain to come so I can fly it.
     
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    Speaking of which, where do you fly? Wondering what sort of launch sites are available in Hawaii.
     
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    At first I thought "You fly deliberately in the rain?" But I'm guessing you mean fire alerts in your area?
    Small local park. Parks and Rec. has about 5 or 6 approved fields for model rocketry. Good for low to mid power only.
    We used to have occasional access to a defunct military airstrip for high power launches. No more.
    Anyway, here's a street view from Google Maps. Ocean on one side, highway and brushland on the other side. We only launch in calm winds.:D
    https://www.google.com/maps/@21.287...4!1sWtEJW8-y5L_sV0DIopAvpw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
    It's called Sandy Beach Park.
    If you're visiting I'd love to have you join us at a launch, Neil.
    Aloha.
     
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    Looks like a nice little spot, winds permitting.
    I would love that, but only if I'm planning to get divorced. ;)
     
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    A9FE7F6A-0D9B-4E3E-B9D2-604655F5107C.jpeg Painted the BBIII. I’ll put the decals on tomorrow.
     
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    Wow! looks awesome.
     
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    Twenty years later, through the magic of 3D printing, I get to see that the austere tilt mechanism that I designed for the unproduced Fun Rockets Aero-Pad and Foldi-Pad actually does work.
     
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    @kuririn I was wondering how you had lost a rocket to the Pacific Ocean but now I clearly see :eek:
     
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    Any pics Doug?
     
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    Think I will try that coulor scheme on my PML Endeavour.
     
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    Continuing an L2 build...
     
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    Cleaning up the shop today. What a mess.

    Mike
     
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    Designing a Space X Starship for two stages. Molded parts for scale accuracy. Putting decals on my Dyna Soar Clipper. Ordered a YF-12 from Frank.
     
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    Looking forward to pics of the Starship, Steve
     
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    Starship.jpg I have been working in Openrocket but it has its limitations. Originally I was planning a two stage but the problems increase and the only way to keep it scale would mean a staging timer. My thinking now is just to do the Starship alone for starters. If I decide the kit it, it would be more practical from a cost standpoint. Also the Starship would not need clear plastic fins. It's stable without them.

    I can master the fins to be accurate to the actual ship and mold them and produce resin copies. Even the nose cone would be resine with a vacuum formed insert for the clear windows. I've done this all before with the kits I did 10 years ago. I'm thinking about it.

    Very rough out in Openrocket. When I added the clear plastic fins the stability was fine, really good in fact. Lots to consider.
     
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    Prepping for tomorrow's launch. First launch opportunity in 2 1/2 months (since July 4).
    Charging batteries and electronics.
    Selecting rockets and motors.
    Packing chutes and wadding.
    Packing launch hardware in the trunk.
    Time to scratch this itch.;)
    Cheers.
     
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    I will share competition pictures very soon... we had about 11 teams competing from the local Houston area. Each team including ours shot a total of 13 engines ranging from 1/2 A to G engines. Wind and temps were nice today we had 12 mph wind from the SE and the temp ranged mid 80s. Apparently rules were changed during the comp. I had to clarify with the RSO that 6" parachutes were on the rules but the RSO changed that to 12". I was kinda mad at him for that, but we adjusted. We had a total of 8 people in our group. The Comp started at 9:00 am and finished around 12:30 pm.. Overall we Placed 5th and took home 2 1st places trophies
     
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    Since somebody requested it, some pictures of the test prints for test fits for the Aero-Pad. This was supposed to be Fun Rockets knockoff of the Estes pad. Except I pushed for some more pure form inspired by Apple and Bauhaus. Plus I combined several parts into two parts that could hopefully be made with just two-piece molds. It all got Fishmanned anyway.....
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    Plus what the final thing is supposed to look like.
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    PS: that hub can also take a m6 bolt down the middle so that it could be used on a launch rack.
     
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    Many thanks to Tripoli WI for hosting a pre-rain launch today.

    A bit windy, but my 13mm fleet didn’t mind.

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    I put a skeeter on my skeeter...

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    Filled spirals on too many tubes... and a few nose cones
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    Flew my wife's Star Orbiter, Buttercup, first flight today. Had to recover 2+ miles downwind, but did get it back, with a little help from me friends. Nice flight.
     
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    Here is the rocket. 20190910_110335.jpeg
     

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