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Aerospace Specialty Products - WAC Corporal w/ Tiny Tim (24mm/18mm) {Kit} (KWAC2-24/18)

Manufacturer:Aerospace Specialty Products
Diameter:1.3260 inches
Length:32.0000 inches
Skill Level:3
Style:Multi-Stage, Scale

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Contributed by Peter Stanley

ASP WAC Corporal 18mm

This is a two-stage scale model of the WAC Corporal with Tiny Tim Booster from Aerospace Specialty Products. It has a 24mm booster staging to an 18mm sustainer.

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Rich DeAngelis

AKA: RichD

Location: Exton - Southeast Pennsylvania

Certification Level: self certified level 0 (heehee)

Club Memberships: Southern Pennsylvania Area Association of Rocketry (SPAAR) NAR #503

Favorite Rockets: Estes Nike-X, Bandit, Andromeda & Beta


Born Again Rocketeer: Flew all sorts of Estes Kits as a kid in the '70's. Restored most of them and now building many new kits from different manufacturers. Completed a high-tech launcher and working on several other electronic applications for rockets, also doing some aerial photography missions. Mostly just building and flying a bunch of new low-power rockets. I'm creating an ever expanding data base of altitude, speed, etc. readings, as I mostly fly an altimeter in each rocket.  In this low power arena I will make all the mistakes I possibly can before moving up to higher power. I'm learing something new about building or preparing rockets with each flight. Member of Lancaster PA's SPAAR, good club.  I specialize in (read: "can only afford") smaller (up to E) rockets.  Generally a bit anal about flying rockets - never lost a model yet and hope to never loose one (since then, I've lost PARTS of rockets, but I've always got some pieces back...knock wood), I strive for perfect flights, and learn from all the mistakes (Oh, so many of them!) I will likely be getting into more powerful stuff as my budget allows: F and G at the most.


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