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  1. Oct 22, 2019 #31

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    Thanks! Need to add some weight to the nose cone and finish this guy off, but in the meantime here's a couple of shots taking it out to a local club launch to get some final critiques and motors (AT F67-4W). Looking to fly it in December.

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  2. Oct 22, 2019 #32

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    F67! How much does that thing weigh?
     
  3. Oct 23, 2019 #33

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    I had the same thought. The construction looked pretty light, or lightish. Lots of drag though. Some of that drag comes from fiddly bits; high thrust up to high speed plus draggy fiddly bits might not end well. Here's hoping my worries are for naught.
     
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    two appropriate Star Wars quote, one modified.

    The modified one is :

    "The Force is (too) strong in this one."

    The unmodified one is:

    "I have a bad feeling about this."

    Those said, I wish you the best of luck!
     
  5. Oct 23, 2019 #35

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    And, it appears to actually have enough room for the parachute. So, recovery is likely to be more reliable than it has been for my X-Wings.
     
  6. Oct 24, 2019 #36

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    Well, it’s on the heavier side. 863g/30.5 oz. It’s definitely heavier than I wanted it to be. The motor was chosen after checking thrustcurve.org and consulting with members of the local club.

    I’m aware that there’s all possibility of impending doom on the maiden flight, but I’m hoping the rocket gods will be kind on launch day.
     
  7. Oct 24, 2019 #37

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    !

    Well my mental estimates were certainly way off. An F67 should be great. I actually wish I had a good rocket to fly the F67 in, because it is tremendous bang for the buck.

    Good luck on the flight!
     
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    Thanks, I certainly appreciate the sanity check! It always helps to have folks double and triple checking our work and thought processes.

    It started out with that heavy tube and then I think the real weight was added when I glassed the fins. I chose that route for strength, but it isn’t free. The details/fiddle bits don’t come free either sadly.
     
  9. Oct 24, 2019 #39

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    So build one. Hold back your usual level of creativity and finishing care and knock together something big and heavy with a little creativity and pretty good finish.

    Or adapt one of your catalog of cool ideas to the larger motor and make it a major project instead of another small build. I nominate this one:
     
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    You have done a fine job. Keep it up.
     
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    Was hoping to get this one launched today, but no dice. Busy setting up and getting pre-flight checks done for L1 cert. Ran out of time and the winds started picking up to levels I was uncomfortable with for this bird. I will get to launch this one some day!
     
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    Good luck, did you get your L1 cert flight in?
     
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    We're going to hold you to it ... or hold you to the flames! bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha-cough-cough
     
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    Sure did! I'm pleased to say it was successful - up and down with a soft landing in a hard field.

    I'll hold myself to it as well!!
     
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    Hey, congrats! That's gratifying.
     
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    Congrats!
     

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