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Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by BeerorKid, Jan 31, 2013.
You and me and plenty of others.
OK. L shaped slots are laser cut into the aft of the rocket. Install motor flush to the bulkhead and install teflon ring in back. Twist to hold in position. I've read a couple of flight reviews of SDI kits that use this method as well as Chris M's build and flight of an SDI kit (Zanadune?) Apparently the ejection gasses can leak past the front of the motor and bulkhead and exit through the rear, resulting in the recovery gear not deploying. So I may have to tweak this, depending on whether I get the same results on the maidens.
The Gyro Nomo uses the same system. The ring however was missing from the bag.
SDI Vector, Avenger, and Vr-T-Go coming up soon.
Ordered epoxy from Wildman Rocketry
Definitely :-( what happened to it? was it intentional? (I think I missed something and poof)
+1 for me as well, the app made it easier to keep up with the forum via mobile.
First and hopefully not annual antisocial rocket launch at Flyfalcons Pastures.
It certainly uploaded photos better.
Finally got my motor running on a build I've been fiddling with for a while. Picked up a Frenzy XL from BayouRat a couple of years ago at Airfest. Tried all weekend to get going on it, with little success. Today I fitted the centering rings on the MMT, cut a piece of kevlar for a "Y" harness and sanded the fins and fin slots so everything will fit together tomorrow when I mix up some epoxy.
I disinfected the Titebond III I ordered from Amazon and the package it came in.
After receiving my Cherokee-H in the mail I discovered I had pitched all my wood glue as the shelf lives had long since past.
Was giving to pick some up from nearby Lowe’s but Mrs. OD wouldn’t hear of it.
“Alexa! Order Titebond III wood glue 8 ounces.”
Tonight we sand and tomorrow we assemble the fin can outside the body tube.
I also marked the lower body tube where I will cut off 10” to scale it to the Cherokee-D. The tube was sized to the scale of the Cherokee-E but the included decals in the kit were the red ones from the D model so...
An old childhood dream is finally coming to fruition.
Tomorrow the wings get attached and then a coat of B-I-N goes on. Yippee!
Good for you, as in making the Cherokee-H to the proper length to scale proportionately with the Cherokee-D (short or long version?). My only real beef with the Cherokee-H kit when it was offered was the fact that it uses a ogive nose cone instead of the proper secant ogive of the original, and yes I have ONE Cherokee upscale with the "wrong" nosecone, a fault to be remedied as soon as I have time to fire up the lathe and turn a 5.54"x 34" (including shoulder). The Cherokee-D is quite possibly my No.1 Favorite Estes design.
Yep, the nosecone isn’t quite right but when needs must...
As to the long or short version I didn’t know there were two versions. The first Cherokee I ever saw in kit form was the new Cherokee-E and I looked everywhere.
I downloaded plans for a two stage Cherokee D from YORF many years ago and bought two donor kits...the name escapes me at the moment but it was a BT55 kit with whistling devices.The plan was to make Cherokee fins for the booster and the sustainer where the lower fins were tapered to follow the lines of the uppers. Not sure why that project never got seriously under way.
It might have been the call of Mid and High Power.
Edit: It was called the Cherokee Double D. The donor kits were CC Express kits. The plans can still be found on Barclone.rocketshoppe.com
There was an app? Oh well.
Finished my pill bottle tracker bay for my Mach 1 Daedalus (1.6").
Evidently the original version of the Cherokee-D was shorter and had borderline stability depending on how it was constructed, so later on Estes lengthened the airframe to solve the issue. K'tesh knows quite a bit about the differences. Currently my fleet has a BT50, BT55 (original diameter), a BT60 (kit currently), a 4" and a 5.38 Loc based that I did my L3 with. I have seen the Cherokee Double D and even a 3 stage variant and have considered building them.....
Heh heh heh... You guys said double D's...
Sorry, I'll see myself out now...
Except for paint, I have completed the F1 engines for the Saturn V. The funky glue putty wasn't as intimidating as one may have thought. I expect that Dr. Zooch would agree that I could have done a better job but why bother. They will be tucked up under the rocket mostly in the shade where you can't see them too well anyway.
Paint and glue the engines on, details and decals and thats about it. I am waiting for a better time to go out and buy some silver paint for the fins and engines
. I'll probably work on details in the meantime.
If thats the worst you can do, I have story about describing a piece of furniture's trim and main colors to an executive admin, the way I stated it got a chuckle from her and a bit of embarrassment for me as soon as I said it......
I thought Double D would be a lot more catchy new name for Dunkin' donut than Dunkin'.
Finally got out and flew some rockets today with the kids. We brought several LPR rockets with us and flew most of them a couple of times. Man, it was nice to hear the woosh/pop and smell some burnt BP.
We stopped by Hobby Lobby on our way home to replace the A8's and B6's we burned, but alas, they are closed until this all blows over. I guess I'll have to order some bulk packs from AC Supply. With club launches scrubbed for the foreseeable future, local small field flying will have to suffice.
Repairs, repairs, repairs....installed new shock cord mounts into my 3" Big Bertha and 3" Arapahoe-I (ooops, too short of shock cord snapped the 1/8" ply centering rings in half with the ubolt still attached), rebuilt and redesigned my Nike Cajun 24mm to 18mm electronically staged rockets Altimeter bay with a new mostly 3D printed one, other repairs yet to do....
Didn't do much today rocket-wise due to a bad headache and other things, but did receive my two new Semroc kits this afternoon, the "Omega" and the "Hawk" (identical to the Estes Astron Falcon boost glider).
So, now I have 4 new kits waiting in the queue for when I finish my Estes AGM 12-D Bullpup, and my Aerotech ARCAS HV (converted to dual-deployment).
Okay, I asked the question one other time a day or three ago and never got an answer, so I'm gonna try again...
Who makes these cool-looking orange plastic ebay sleds I keep seeing??? I like the looks a heck of a lot better than the plywood one I just built and had to modify the heck out of! Thanks!!!
Finished the aluminum fabrication on The Rocket Sled
And made some display stands for the Hammerhead and X-Wing
Decal work on the Lunar Scout.
Chris M. writes in his blog that the newer Estes decals seem to be thinner.
I think this is true. Had a dickens of a time keeping the tiny decals from folding up on themselves when sliding them off the backing. Finally got a technique down.
Legs/fins are fiberboard, seem kinda flimsy.
Parts were pre-painted then assembled to save me some grief.
Meh, if this lasts a couple of flights I'll be satisfied.
The display stands are great. More things for me to turn on my lathe. Thanks!
Finish working on my madcow tembo. I upgraded the motor to a 54mm. Now the nosecone with av bay needs to be worked on.
I believe a lot of people are fabricating their own with a 3D printer. If you are like me, not up that learning curve yet, I get mine from Additive Aerospace: https://www.additiveaerospace.com/collections/altimeter-sleds
Three sources come to mind...
Orange ones are Lab Rat Rocketry (Chris Bender aka Cl(VII)
Blue ones and Orange ones are Additive Aerospace (Landru)
Gray ones are SMT Designs Rocketry (Steve Thatcher)
All three vendors make great products, Additive Aero is who makes the sleds for Missleworks branded stuff, and Chris and Steve make some great products too!
If they are seen in my threads then they were designed and printed by me (in the last three weeks) at this time I have no intentions of being a vendor, its just not my thing. I have done a review of several SMT Designs products as I have purchased several from Steve (he's a friend and "local" flier). Chris at Lab Rat Rocketry has a killer design for a pull pin switch for AvBays.
I went back and found your original question from last Saturday and it was me you were asking, sorry I missed it, the sleds you were asking about are designed and printed by myself, the color is currently Hatchbox True Orange PLA but will soon be changing to eSun Solid Red PetG as I just finished the roll of Hatchbox stuff.
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