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Today's Featured Review

Clone - Estes Battlestar Galactica Laser Torpedo (Scratch)

Manufacturer:Clone

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Contributed by Bill Eichelberger

Brief

The Laser Torpedo was essentially a shortened Photon Disruptor with different decals and a Wolverine nose.  Envisioning a fleet of Wolverines, I had bought several of the cones at NARCON from BMS, then found that the Wolverine didn't fly well enough to make a fleet.  Checking John Brohm's Estes nose cone reference, I found that I had the option of building a Teros or the Laser Torpedo with the orphaned cone, and since the Teros utilized white decals and chrome stickers, the choice of the Laser Torpedo was a pretty simple one.

Components

  • 6.5" BT-20D engine tube
  • 7.75" BT-50H main body tube
  • BNC-50BC nose cone (BMS)
  • 2 AR-2050 centering rings (Semroc)
  • 3/32" basswood fin stock (Hobby Lobby)
  • 24" length Kevlar shock cord
  • 24" length 1/8" sewing elastic shock cord (Wal Mart sewing department)
  • small screw eye (Lowes)
  • medium snap swivel (Wal Mart fishing department)
  • LL-2B launch lug (Semroc)
  • 12" parachute (Estes)
  • decal (Bel Inkjet Decal Paper)
  • EB-520 engine block

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Today's Featured Flyer

SRP Crew

AKA: SRP Crew - Rockoon

Location: Earth, Solar System, Milky Way, Universe

Club Memberships: SRP

Favorite Rockets: Stretch Sandia Tomahawk and The Scratch Blue Bomber

Biography:

I first launched a model rocket in 1980 with my younger brother. Fast forward to 2006 when both my sons got interested in rocketry, after they saw a Alpha III go up, we've made it a fun pastime together.

Yep, there's actually 3 of us doing rockets. We've decided to go with the team name SRP (Scratchbuilt Rocketry Program)

Therefore, we are know as the SRP Crew.

We run a website known as the Unofficial Rocktry Records Lists http://www.mts.net/~rns/URR/All-time%20Altitude%20records.htm We needed to know how these rockets flew, and know details, like how high and for how long they go. (Altitude and Duration)

We fly when we get the urge and usually fly out at the family farm during the Spring and Fall when the crops aren't in yet.

We've flown over 200 rockets from 1/2A motors up to a experimental J motors.

 

Favorite Quote:

History has been charged with the duty of judging the past and of educating the present for the benefit of the future. This work does not attempt to do anything as important as that; it only wants to state what really happened. - Leopold von Ranke

All that a man is able to imagine, other men will be able to carry it out. - Jules Verne (in a letter to his father)

Personal Home Page: http://www.mts.net/~rns/URR/All-time%20Altitude%20records.htm

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ROCK Launches

December 2013 Launch


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Photo by Roger Smith

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