- Jan 21, 2009
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- Penns Creek, PA
Yep, but I'll let Borris explain what he did different this time
Well all this saturn nmadness got me thinking so i went for a launch today. heres the Saturn part
I never had pockets that were quite deep enough to enable a purchase of an Estes K-36 Saturn V or a Centuri Saturn V.I did have an Estes Semi-Scale Saturn V back in the day, though, but that is long gone.So, no vintage Saturns in my inventory to fly this month.What I currently have in the way of a Saturn V to fly is somewhat more, um, modest....
I have two of them, actually, and I flew them on July 16 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11. My flight report is here: https://forums.rocketshoppe.com/showpost.php?p=74024&postcount=23
I do have a Dr. Zooch Saturn V currently under construction, which I plan to complete and fly within the coming week, and I am planning on getting one of the first Semroc Saturn V's when they are released. :w: I'm planning on building some Saturn 1B's, too, but I'm not sure if I'll have them done by the end of the month. The "launch vehicles and manned spacecraft" section of my rocket inventory has been a bit neglected since I became a BAR.
Beautiful photos & flight, Fred!! Congratulations!!
Fred that sounds great Hope to see some pictures if you canI've got a launch next Saturday, so I spent part of this morning finally finishing a 20+ year old plastic model conversion (PMC) of a 1:144 Saturn V. I had the whole thing glued together decades ago with the internal tubes and coupler and even had painted it. The LES tower was broken off long ago. So, today I installed a shock cord, an FSI 22 inch nylon chute (from a sealed bag - gasp), installed a thrust ring in the BT-50 motor tube at E9 depth (and I peeled the inside should I elect to use my 24-60 RMS), and epoxied on 2 brass 1/4" launch lugs on standoffs. All thats left is to add the clear plastic fins. I have the pattern, but my 30+ year old fin material (from an Estes Gemini-Titan) is yellowed. I'll have the fins cut and epoxied on before Wednesday is over.
Anyone who is coming to the SCRA launch next Saturday should get there early if they want to see it fly.
Great pictures and great looking saturn Well done :wave:We flew mine today, once on 3 C6-3s and then on an F20-4.
The first flight was fantastic! It was dead calm (a rarity in Oklahoma) and the rocket went straight up (no slip on fins--just stock Centuri) and came back almost on top of the pad--my son and I caught the booster and upper section before they even touched the ground!
The second flight didn't turn out well, I forgot to bring the clear slip on fins. RockSim says the static margin is .95. I didn't see the flight as I was looking through the viewfinder, but my son said after the rocket got up in the air, it turned on its side and flew horizontal. It didn't get much altitude and fell on its side, hitting the ground before ejection. Thank goodness the soccer field we were flying on was soaked and very soft. The Saturn suffered very little damage--mostly covered in mud. But it was a great looking liftoff!!
The first liftoff shot is the cluster, the last liftoff is the F motor.
At our monthly club launch we managed to fly 2 of our Saturn V's and a 30 year old Centuri Space Shuttle.
We didn't get a photo of the single D version but have a nice one of our 5 engine, Rocket Babe, on her 26th flight just before our night launch.
The daylight photo was taken by Ray Cole at the Birmingham Blast Off in 2005.
You can see all the BRB Apollo 11 Moon Landing and night launch photos here:
I had to wait for the low cloud cover to lift.Bob had his vintage SV, but I had to leave before he sent his up.Mark
I had to wait for the low cloud cover to lift.
I flew mine on an E18-4 and the liftoff part went great. It went perfectly straight up, fast and high. The delay seemed slightly longer than 4 seconds and it was already on the way down at ejection. One of the main chutes stripped off and the other lost 2 shroud lines. It came down like it was on a small streamer but the body was horizontal when it hit and there was no damage to the body.
Apparently my contruction techniques left a little to be desired back when I built this (late 60's or early 70's). The slip on plastic fins stayed on with the help of a little tape but the 24mm mount pushed forward past the end of the hook holding it in and at ejection the entire interchangeable motor mount assembly was ejected from the rear. I saw the motor mount assembly fall and it landed right next to the launch area so I was able to get my motor casing back without a search.
It looks to be repairable but I think I will just build a new one when the Semroc version comes out.
It was the original Estes K-36 Saturn V. It had scale fins with slip on clear plastic fins.Bob what model of the saturn had slip on fins? Just curious and i'm glad it was not damaged badly
It was the original Estes K-36 Saturn V. It had scale fins with slip on clear plastic fins.
I agree but your your rocket looks great too.Here are a couple of Tony's photos he took of my SV.
Not only does he build great rockets, he takes great photos too!
At the BRB Launch Saturday, in addition to Randy and Vernas Saturn-Vs, BRB co-Founder Ron Witherspoon flew his.
Rons is signed by Homer Hickam. The club wasnt named Birmingham Rocket Boys by coincidence.
Ron announced that was its last flight, it is retired from now on.
Link to other flights:
- George Gassaway
That's Ron.Hi george.
I like that guys stance in front of his sat V
Good for ted. D12-3 seems like an adventure for a rocket that big so there ya go I had the last minute pop on Saturday with my thunderbirdI flew my Estes Saturn V and Semroc Saturn 1B on Sunday with my kids at my private launch site(cleared land near new homes) Actually it was the first time I got run off the place(sort of) and I've been going there for two years. A young guy working for the developer came to visit and told me I shouldn't be there but seemed quite interested in my rockets and stayed around to watch the first flight of my TLP Flail. He asked me how much longer we would be there and was satisfied when I replied that we wouldn't stay too much longer. He didn't tell me we couldn't come back so we left after quickly launching two more.
I couldn't get an AT E-15 or 30 like I planned so I had to use a D-12 for my Saturn V. It hadn't flown on one before so I was apprehensive about it. The flight was a heart-stopper. It rose slowly with the smoke from the plume filling the base and almost looked like the real thing for a moment. It topped out at about 100 feet and turned over pointing almost straight down. Picking up speed towards the earth it finally popped at about 30 feet, the NC chute filling right away but the chutes on the body opened just in time to right it before touchdown.
The Saturn 1B's flight on 4xC6 was nice and high and uneventful. Both rockets recovered undamaged.
If my count is correct that's 22 Saturn's flown! There have been some great pics and videos posted. Thank you and Happy anniversary! Ted
Okay but whats an LPB? Also I heard the odd joke about micros around here but nobody to my knowledge seriously disrespects them How about a picture of your saturn? Is it possible to get good flight pics or does it move to fast?I flew my Quest Micromaxx Saturn V (second model) again at ASTRE's sport launch on Sunday 7/19. Despite a bit of a breeze, it had a stable and straight flight to maybe 30', deployed the streamer and landed safely. An ASTRE member who is a dedicated HPR flier was really interested in my Saturn V and my FlisKits Just Past Due, which I also flew (to a much higher altitude ). He asked me several questions about them and he really liked both flights. I am finding out more and more that HPR guys really dig micros! :w: And I'm beginning to think that LPB's might deserve a little bit more respect than they have been getting...
LPB = Little Plastic Bricks.Okay but whats an LPB? Also I heard the odd joke about micros around here but nobody to my knowledge seriously disrespects them How about a picture of your saturn? Is it possible to get good flight pics or does it move to fast?
LPB = Little Plastic Bricks.
There were two versions of the LPB Saturn V:
one with tiny fins that was unstable and another with MUCH larger fins that was perfectly stable.
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