2010 Double Vision Photo Contest
EMRR/RocketReviews.com is pleased to announce the winners of the Double Vision photo contest.
The contest picked the best photos of two of the exact same rocket both finished differently or two of the exact same rocket finished in the exact opposite (mirror) finish.
The first three entries listed below are the winners. They are listed in order - first, second, and third place. The rest of the entries are listed in random order.
The winners will be contacted by email. If you don't hear from us soon, please use the Contact Us link at the bottom of this page to let us know.
These rockets are 4" upscale versions of the Estes 220 Swift. The rocket finished in the classic Swift scheme belongs to Fred Ziegler. The rocket finished in the inverse scheme (called the Anti-Swift) belongs to Dale Hodgson.
Photos by Eldred Pickett. The pictures were taken October 17, 2009 at the Jackson Model Rocketry Club in Jackson, MI.
My photo shows two V2 rockets that were both PMC from a dragon kit. There are two reviews showing how I converted them.
I was not to happy with the original camo paint scheme so I painted the first one with the WhiteSands Number 3 paint scheme, and then did a reverse colour scheme on the second V2.
The original scheme V2 flies the best on a D12-3. I liked this colour scheme so much that i painted my 4 inch diameter V2 the same, with decals of the original pin up girl art work.
The commemerative rocket of NARAM 52 was the Estes Satellite Interceptor. I love this classic design enough to want to build two of them. I built them together after returning from NARAM and really like the way they look together, they have been twins from the moment I opened the bag, and I plan to launch them together in a drag race at NARAM 53.
The Madcow Rocketry Squat was the official rocket kit of LDRS 29. The kit, along with the associated motors and hardware were specially priced to encourage a large number of flights. Many of them flew in a drag race on Saturday morning June 12 at LDRS, mostly on Cesaroni I140 skidmark motors. The rockets had been finished in a wide variety of color schemes.
Here are five of my card stock model rockets. The idea was inspired by some of the rockets designed by Art Applewhite.
The aft faces were designed to coincide with the St. Louis Arch theme of the St. Louis Rocketry Association logo.
I stiffened the "Tail Feathers" with three irregular tetrahedron shapes of paper. Three of the rockets are printed with a black and white version of the logo on colored card stock. The other two are printed with the color version of the logo on white photo paper and light tan card stock.
I would love to have provided launch photos, however my camera only goes down to 1/1000 sec. That shutter speed is incompatible with these rockets because when launched with an A10-PT, they just vanish off the pad. They do, however, gently float back down to earth.
I launched the yellow one at a SLRA launch, and an older gentleman wanted to look at and handle the rocket. I let him. When he felt how light in weight it was and as I explained that it was constructed of paper from a flat pattern and glued together, the grin that came to his face was just priceless. His reaction was just as much fun to see as the rocket floating back.
At the same time, a kid was nearly hysterical trying to get information out of me on where to get one. I wasn't prepared with copies of mine to hand out, so I directed him to Art's web site. I hope he found the site ok, because that kid seemed like he was going to have more that just one cow, if he didn't get himself a paper rocket!
I toyed with several paint schemes for this rocket since it was being built for the EMRR "Double Vision" Photo Contest. I wanted to get the most points possible so I was going for the "mirror" or "opposite" scheme. I wanted to do a candy-stripe and call it "Peppermint Stick" but I wasn't too keen on doing spiral masking. So I decided to use some of that way cool Testor's purple and gold glitter paint and go for more of a Mardi-Gras theme.
On one rocket (I had to build two for the contest) I started with a gold base coat and with the other I started with the purple. Again I toyed with a more complex paint scheme but in the end decided the KISS principle applied. I masked off identical (or as close as I could come) striped sections on each rocket and sprayed on the conttrasting color. The results to me were excellent.
I finally got to launch the pair and decided on a drag race as the best way to show them off. I hooked them up using a clip whip so they'd launch at the same time. 5-4-3-2-1-Launch!
The launch was excellent and both rockets shot off the pad. They seemed to fly right together and they ended up floating down very close to each other. On reviewing the photographs, I was surprised to see one rocket take off more quicly than the other, but eventually the "slower" one caught up and they popped 'chutes at what seemed to be the same altitude.
This is an excellent kit and I see these two doing a LOT more drag races!
I built this as part of the EMRR Double Vision Photo Contest and Challenge #5. The Estes US Army Patriot is a solid rocket and flies great. This rocket is a Semi-Scale version of the US Army Patriot Air Defense Missile. One of rockets is designed to use an 18mm engine and 12" parachute recovery and the other is a 2 -18mm engine cluster and 12' inch parachute. I painted one as the stock artwork provided with the kit and the second is a mirror of that. As I mentioned they both fly and look great.
Attached are my photo submittal for EMRR Challenge Phase 9.
The first photo shows Chris and I prepping the twin Squatty Body rockets for their moment in glory. A moment of robot-dancing overcomes us both. Note the finely applied details and paint, similar in color yet diverse in effect.
The second photo shows Chris Capturing the moment. If one ever wondered what 30+ years of rocketry do to someone...check out the hair. Next time he needs to back up when he hears the countdown!
I built two Estes 36 D Squared rockets. These are fun rockets to build and they fly great on two 24mm C or D motors. For smaller fields the C11's work great. They provide a nice clustered launch without going out of site. I finished one with the stock, recommended colors and one with Gold and Silver paint, but used the same decals. The launch in these pictures was of a drag race between one on C11-3’s and one on D12-5’s. I had to walk pretty far to recover the one launched on the D12-5 motors because of wind that day.
The Delta Flying Saucer is my favorite design. I've built and flown more of these in more colors, patterns and sizes than any other type of rocket. They fly on everything from MicroMaxx to M motors.
My daughter Hayley and I both built Custom Rockets Aztec kits. Both were done for NARTREK projects. They are great, simple two stage rockets. Perfect for someone's first two stage project. I painted mine with the stock paint scheme, and used the one good decal that we had. The second one she let me paint in a reverse paint scheme for this contest. Unfortunately the second decal had crumbled with age, and did not survive the water bath.
Both have flown to great heights on B6-0/A8-5 or B6-0/B6-6 motors. Streamer recovery was the key to our successful retrieval of these rockets. We have not tried C6-0 yet. We will have to go out to the desert for that.
The Double Vision drag race took place on Valentine's Day at San Diego's DART Fiesta Island launch. The Ecee Thunder rocket gliders were built by Todd Mullin and John Cosic of DART. The rockets raced on Estes D12-3 motors for the first round, which was won handily by John. John then upped the ante and challenged Todd to a second round on E9-4 motors! Unfortunately, this is not a good motor for the Ecee Thunder and both rockets arced over and power pranged. John's was destroyed beyond repair though Todd's is repairable due to the reinforcements built into the rocket. John had painted his rocket for visibility and Todd had finished his to maximize durability even though it didn't make for the prettiest rocket.
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