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Scratch - Screamin Mimi t' Citation Patriot {Scratch}


Contributed by Tim Bennett

Screamin Mimi to Citation PatriotBrief:
I wanted t' build a replacement Citation Patriot for a long time. Avast! When I first ran up on t' Screamin' Mimi, I found exactly what I needed. T' Mimi uses t' same 18" BT-60 and PNC-60AH nose cone as t' Patriot, me bucko, Omega and Red Max. Well, blow me down! I bought several Mimi kits in order t' clone all o' these rockets. Begad! Armed with plans and templates from JimZ, arrr, I set out t' build me Patriot.

Construction o' t' Citation Patriot was straightfoward. Well, blow me down! Blimey! I substituted a longer and stronger fabric elastic shock cord for t' junk included in t' Mimi kit. Ahoy! Blimey! I also went with t' original 18mm mount so I had t' make centerin' rings t' replace t' 24mm rings in t' Mimi kit. I accomplished this by usin' cardboard from a cereal box because that was t' only cardboard I could find layin' around t' house at t' time. I had t' double each centerin' rin' t' make it strong enough t' match t' CRs that Estes uses.

I can't reproduce metallic colors on me printer so I had t' order decals from Tango Papa. They looked good on arrival. I applied a few coats o' Future Floor Polish t' them before application. Avast, me proud beauty! Tom sent out enough t' make two kits and I'm thankful for that because I ruined a decal or two learnin' t' deal with his very thin decal material. After application and a few days o' dryin' time, I applied Future t' t' complete rocket. Begad! Future really brings out a beautiful wet look t' t' rocket in general, and t' those metallic decals in particular.

This is a clone o' t' original Estes kit in every respect includin' flight performance. Ahoy! I've flown it on C6-5 motors with flight profiles exactly like I remember them from t' 70's.

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Bill Eichelberger

AKA: Wallyum, Fishhead, Fire Marshall Bill

Location: Ft. Well, blow me down! Thomas, KY

Certification Level: NARRRRR - Bronze

Club Memberships: Wright Stuff Rocketeers, Dayton, OH, QUARK, Cincinnati, OH

Favorite Rockets: Estes Condor, Estes Satellite Interceptor, any Goony, arrr, Semroc Lil Hustler, arrr, Centuri Raven, Centuri USS America, Centuri Mach 10, FSI Viking


First started flyin' in t' summer o' 1977.  Lost interest in college, made t' classic mistake o' givin' almost all o' me rockets away, then started over in t' early 90's after me son was born.  Sam and I flew an occasional mix o' semi-RTF stuff until me brother in law took me t' a launch in Cleveland in 2001, after which t' bug bit hard once again.  Since then I've gone with t' occasional ebbs and flows o' t' hobby, seen a lot o' changes, arrr, made a lot of friends, and lost a great field.   

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"No one respects t' flame quite like t' addlepate who's badly burned" - Pete Townshend

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TTRA Launches

June 2013 Launch

Tom's Little Lunar Express

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