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Today's Featured Review
Contributed by Chris Taylor Jr.
A scale model of a Polish RP-3 that flies on MiniMaxx engines and can fit in the palm of your hand from ASP.
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Today's Featured Flyer
AKA: Launch Daddy
Location: Bastrop, Texas
Club Memberships: NAR, AARG (#585), CenTAR (#370), Alamo Rocketeers (#661)
First launched model rockets in 1977, beginning with an Alpha III starter kit. I still have the Estes Model Rocketry Field Operations Kit, the Alpha III, a Centuri Screaming Eagle (my 2nd rocket), and the parts from a few more. I'll build those up soon. I launched with friends for a couple of years at the local schoolyard and sports fields. Gradually, I discovered BMX bicycles, girls, and cars. Rocketry was forgotten.
During the late summer of 2010, I made a trip to NASA's JSC with my wife and daughter for my kid's birthday. I decided then that she should be exposed to model rocketry, and when we returned home I dug out that box that I had somehow carried with me through so many years. My daughter was impressed/intrigued enough that I ordered an Alpha III starter kit and a few other items for her (me?) that night.
It has all been downhill since the package arrived in the mail. Everywhere I look, I see rocket parts. As a kid, I was really into models. Today, I thoroughly enjoy the build process, and will glue just about anything I can find together. The design and construction of rockets is a hobby that I somehow missed out on for a few decades, so I'm wasting no time playing catch-up.
Odd rockets are a lot of fun, and I enjoy making the non-conventional fly. Standard pop-and-drop flights on a 3FNC are still flying, so I'm not above those, either. We've flown numerous ModRocs on 13mm and 18mm, a AT Initiator on 24mm reloads, and are tooled up for some 29mm reload action at the next launch. WIth several kits and designs on the build bench, the fleet and the adventure grows...
Flying 33-year-old, vintage rockets from your childhood is very cool.
Expecting 33-year-old, vintage 'chutes to properly deploy is not...
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Featured Rocketry Blog Posts
Odd'l Rockets: SPUDNIK Flight Testing
I launched the SPUDNIK twice yesterday morning, both times with a A10-3t engine. Both flights were stable to about 100 feet but there was corkscrewing. The Odd'l Rockets Sputnik (with the 3" foam ball) flys vertical without any "coning" or corkscrewing. The problem is trying to drill out a straight 1/2" hole for the engine mount tube. If the line of thrust is off by a degree or two the rocket won't fly perfectly vertical. Add the uneven surfaces along the top and it probably won't fly without some spiraling. Drag and weight are other considerations. On both flights the model was nose down ...
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Model Rocket Building: Estes Patriot Build #2056, Part 1, Parts
Everybody has built one of these, except me! This build will be a little different. At the bottom of each post I'll be keeping track of how long I take on each step. These are my personal build times, I tend to take longer on rocket building than most people. I don't keep track like this very often, it's a bigger effort to keep recorded build times. There will be upgrades. A BT-60 model at over 21" tall should probably be D engine capable. You can always drop in a 18mm adapter for smaller fields. A payload section will be made using the upper yellow tube section.
All the parts: ...
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Orlando Rocketry: Video of NEFAR's October, 2014, Launch
I’ve uploaded a video of NEFAR’s October launch to YouTube. I flew a DJI PLantom 2 Vision quadcopter to capture the event from an aerial perspective. The video below shows low- and high-power rocket launches as seen from above as ...
Model Rocket Building: Art Applewhite MMX Bic Pen Rocket Build, Part 1, Parts
This will be a quick freebie. This is a high performance, MicroMaxx rocket made from a Bic pen. Art Applewhite has designed some great saucers, spools and monocopters First stop by:
http://www.artapplewhite.com/ Check out all the spools, saucers and monocopters Look to the upper left, click on "Free Stuff" Read the Limitation of Liability, Click on "I Agree" Go to the Free Stuff page - Click on "MicroMaxx Rockets" Click on the "Bic StiC"
Print out the instructions (with fin can) on 110 lb. card stock. You'll need a Bic StiC pen and hobby tools. Add a 1/4" dowel if you want make ...
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Greg Smith's Blog: Der Red Mix mark II Skidfest at ROCTober 2014
After talking it up for over a year I finally flew my scratch-built Der Red Mix mark II on a full complement of seven burly Skidmark motors (as always switching to 720p in full-screen mode is the shit): A formidable liftoff featuring loud, flaming titanium granules: And notably angled ascent: I arrived at the lake bed later than I'd have preferred but the conditions were perfect all day with light, intermittent wind and perfectly clear skies. I had prepped all the electronics two months ago so I only needed to load up the seven Skidmark motors, set up the CD3 ejection system, mount the Flip ...
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