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Today's Featured Review
Contributed by Rich DeAngelis
Estes re-issue of the original Interceptor. This flies using standard sized 18mm motors. Any other description of this model would be fruitless - just take a look at the photographs showing the design of the rocket and the decals - that pretty much says it all.
This is not an easy kit to build, you should have some practice gluing and finishing balsa fins before attempting this model, overall it is more work than a basic rocket but not too challenging for an experienced modeler.
Every component I got from this Estes kit was flawless, except that shock-cord mount of course. I instead used a bit of Kevlar anchored to a Sunward ejection baffle, and tied the rubber shock cord to the Kevlar. The Kevlar was sized just small enough to not reach the end of the body tube, so it couldn't zipper-damage the tube end. The body tube, balsa fins/wings, motor mount, decal sheets, and molded plastic parts were all very good quality. The white plastic parachute was reasonably thick, but it was totally destroyed on it's first flight. That is of course my fault and that is a whole 'nuther story.
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Tom Tweit's Retro Rebel Lift-Off
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I’ve uploaded photographs from the December, 2013, ROCK launch to RocketReviews.com: December 2013 ROCK Launch Photos I was having a problem with my left eye and found it difficult to take still photographs, so I let Bracha use the DSLR. ...
Rocket Dungeon: NASA blasts the NAR to the moon and back again
Via Ted Cochran on the NAR's Facebook page. How cool is this? Ted Cochran This photo of National Association of Rocketry volunteers (along with other photos) was used as NASA test data. It was displayed on a large screen in mission control at NASA in Greenbelt, Maryland and then sent to White Sands, New Mexico where it was uplinked using lasers to the LADEE satellite as it orbited the moon. Lasers on the satellite then sent the photos back. The laser communication test achieved a data rate of 622 megabits/second.
Model Rocket Building: Better CA Use - TIP
The Quest engines are sooty! That soot sticks and can make a nose cone fit too tight. It's easy to remove dirt from the outside of a body tube with a damp paper towel. But I wanted to remove some accumulated crud from the inside of the body tube. The inside of the body tube could swell or come apart if you get it too wet. For the past few years I've brushed medium CA glue around the inside end of the body tube for strength and a smoother inside surface. Before I was only covering 1/8" to 1/4" of the inside lip. From now on I'll extend the CA coat farther down the tube a little deeper than ...
Model Rocket Building: Launch! NEFAR Bunnell Blast, November 9, 2013
This past weekend was the N.E.F.A.R. Bunnell Blast, a two day event with a night launch on Saturday night. The Quest AEROSPACE ONE is a great flyer adapted to an Estes D12-5. Towards the end of the thrust phase the model wiggled a bit. Altitude was near 900'. The left rear rudder fin broke off clean at the root edge on landing, an easy fix.
Rocket Rick Boyette had one of the larger upscales - The 12" diameter x 12' tall Estes Alpha. I had to leave before the flight, many were waiting for the winds to die down. A new favorite is the CHEROKEE GOON . A little sooty after a few flights ...
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Model Rocket Building: FlisKits Tartar Build Part 1 Parts
I’ll be in transit from Manila, Philippines to Orlando over the next day or so there may not be any blog posts. Thanks for your patience. While on the cruise I wrote an article for possible online publication about how to shape Nike style fin diamond tapers. When I get back I’ll be finishing up the Estes Xarconian Cruiser and building the new improved PIGASUS, soon to be a Odd’l Rockets kit. This model always turns heads and could be popular with rocketeer wives and girlfriends. Drawing up the instructions for the flying pig took a lot of time!
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