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Hans "Chris" Michielssen's Page

AKA: hcmbanjo

Location: Orlando, FL

Club Memberships: NAR

Favorite Rockets: Estes Goblin

Personal Home Page: www.oddlrockets.com

Club Home Page: www.R-O-C-K.org

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2024-06-24

Enerjet by Aerotech Initiator Build, Part 1, Parts

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Above is all the parts. Everything seems to be great quality. The parts of interest: Heavy walled tube 2.6" diameter. 24mm & 29 mm Aluminum Motor Retainer Ejection Cooling Mesh "Launch Lug" Rail Guides Fin Lock Rings Molded Plastic Fins (Thru-The-Wall) The instructions and self adhesive decal sheet are tightly rolled up in the main body tube. TIP: You may not be able to reach and pull them ... [More]

   

2024-06-23

Enerjet by Aerotech Initiator Build, Background

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I'll be building quite a few of the Enerjet by Aerotech kits.  First up is their starter set model, the Initiator. Bob Sanford designed the Initiator when he worked at Enertek.  I understand it is based on the old Centuri Starfire model rocket. The R&D team was looking for a design that company president Lee Piester would like. Mr. Piester designed the Starfire when he was ... [More]

   

2024-06-22

New Aerotech Builds

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The Wac Corporal paint will have to wait -  Every time I'd go out to spray around 2:30 p.m. there was rain! That and allowing 48 hours between fully dried, sandable undercoats. This arrived today -  Two BIG boxes.  Where there is multiples,  One will be show grade, the others will be for flight. The show builds have filled tube and nose cone seams. More time goes into the ... [More]

   

2024-06-20

Semroc Wac Corporal Build, Waiting For Paint To Dry

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I'll get back to the final white undercoat today on the Semroc Wac Corporal. Here's the fin areas after the second white undercoat and some light sanding. It'll still take one more light undercoat before sanding and color. Too many Odd'l Rockets kit orders pushed this build to the back burner. Also - expecting a major kit build for Aerotech/Quest in the mail. 13 MPR builds in all! [More]

   

2024-06-18

Semroc Wac Corporal Build, Waiting For Paint To Dry

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This shouldn't really count as a build step - I'm stuck waiting for the second white undercoat to dry on the Wac Corporal. Finishing up a big Odd'l Rockets order for ERockets.  Spent most of the afternoon machining ADEPTOR camera tripod adapters. I'm about halfway through a kit order for Apogee. [More]

   

2024-06-17

Semroc Wac Corporal Build, Part 14, Watching Paint Dry

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I see too many posts on the rocketry forums and Facebook about paint problems. "Did this ever happen to you?" followed by a picture of a rocket with wrinkled paint. Back to the current Wac Corporal build -  Before another spray coat, I'm waiting a full 48 hours for the first white undercoat to dry. The rough areas have been sanded.  READ and follow THE DIRECTIONS on the can! Most cans ... [More]

   

2024-06-16

Semroc Wac Corporal Build, Part 13, White Undercoat & Sanding

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It never fails - I think I've done a good job making smooth fillets. I think I've picked up all the excess glue before it has dried. The first white undercoat usually brings attention to all the flaws. On the left is an uneven glue fillet. On the right is after careful sanding with some older 4000 grit.  You can sand yellow wood glue. A before and after of the flue fillets on the upper ... [More]

   

2024-06-15

Semroc Wac Corporal Build, Part 12, Tunnel & Launch Lugs

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The tunnel is glued in line with the fin, opposite the engine hook position. In the old Estes Wac Corporal kit, the open ended tunnel covered the long launch lug. It had to be glued between the fins. Two short lugs are used in the Semroc kit. Both are glued in line, directly over the engine hook.  The lower lug is glued right above the tail cone/body tube joint.  The upper lug is ... [More]

   

2024-06-13

Semroc Wac Corporal Build, Part 11, Fitting The Fins

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There was still some uneven areas around the tail cone/body tube joint. Wedge shaped pieces of masking tape were cut to keep another shot of filler/primer of the root edge gluing areas. The filler/primer was sanded down. Each fin was individually fit to the tail cone and body tube. Look close and you can see a small gap at the rear and just below the top of the tail cone. Here's the same fin ... [More]

   

2024-06-12

Semroc Wac Corporal Build, Part 10, Fitting The Tail Cone

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I'm using my old Fin Tool (Sorry, they aren't available) to mark the body tube. I want the shroud joint seam hidden under a fin root edge. In this case the seam and engine hook are on opposite sides. The shroud is glued onto the lower ring and the first ring of the two center rings. Lightly form the shroud edge by "molding" it into the wet glue underneath. For now, I'm only molding the low, ... [More]

   

2024-04-06

Centuri ARGUS clone

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I only used one parachute, the original kit had two, one for the low end, another for the long upper section.  The parachute was taped closed in a "hillbilly hat" for faster descent. - C6-5 - Orlando R.O.C.K. [More]

   

Estes Mini Bertha Clone

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First launch today. After all these years I shouldn't be surprised by how well mini engine models perform. Very stable, the 1/2A3-2t motor. I would guess the altitude capped out at 275'.  The two second delay seemed short.  - Estes 1/2A3-2t - Orlando R.O.C.K. [More]

   

Semroc MMX Blue Bird Zero

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I actually captured a MicroMaxx launch! Estimated altitude was 75', no damage after the streamer recovery. - 1/8A-1 - Orlando R.O.C.K. [More]

   

Warped! (Scratch Design)

Flight

A weird one. It started as a regular bagged Custom kit that sat in the direct sun a little too long. The nose cone was melted and bent. I bought the kit. The body tube was cut into angled wedges and glued together like the Fliskits ACME Spitfire. I renamed it  WARPED. A B6-4 pushed it to at ... [More]

   

Custom Solar Explorer

Flight

I wasn't worried about losing this one - the BT-50 tube was crimped above the engine mount from an earlier hard landing. After reaching an altitude around 600', the winds blew it into the trees just South of the flight line. Lost! I really need to thin the heard anyway. - C6-5 - Orlando R.O.C.K. [More]

   

Quest MMX Saturn V

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The larger fins really didn't help much, it was unstable after it cleared the short launch rod. - 1/8A-1 - Orlando R.O.C.K. [More]

   

2024-03-02

Odd'l Cyclone 18mm

Flight

- B6-4 - Orlando R.O.C.K. [More]

   

Estes Skytracer Clone

Flight

- A8-3 - Orlando R.O.C.K. [More]

   

Rocketship Games R5 Hawkeye

Flight

Boost is always fast on these little models, good thing I had some young eyes to point me to the landing area. - 1/8A-1 - Orlando R.O.C.K. [More]

   

Nike X Goon

Flight

A B6-4 got an altitude of 350'. Full chute, textbook flight. - B6-4 - Orlando R.O.C.K. [More]

   

2015-04-19

Rockets By Style / Kit-Bash/Modified

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Hans "Chris" Michielssen's Orange (Q Cobalt Kitbash)


   

2014-11-09

Rockets By Style / Kit-Bash/Modified

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MX-774 Kitbash on an Estes A8-3. Bunnell Blast, November 8, 2014


   

2012-09-22

Saturn Press Saturn V - Step 17

Build Entry

The outside curved lines of the Engine Fairing Shrouds were cut from the cardstock with scissors. The interior Fin Slots were cut with a knife and straight-edge. [More]

   

Saturn Press Saturn V - Step 16

Build Entry

The A Frames and Fins were pressed together. The C Frames are pressed into the A Frames and Fins. Be careful handling the Fin paint while assembling. Silver or metallic paints are easy to dull with fingerprints. After all were assembled dry (no glue) I applied white glue to all the joints with ... [More]

   

2012-08-04

Rockets by Manufacturer / Centuri

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Centuri Vulcan Clone at 8.4.12 R.O.C.K. launch with a B6-4 engine.


   

2012-05-12

Rockets by Manufacturer / Centuri

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Centuri Vulcan clone launch on May 12, 2012 with a B6-2 engine.


   

2012-03-04

Rockets by Manufacturer / Centuri

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Centurion with ST-16 Booster unit. Orlando R.O.C.K. March 3, 2012


   

2012-02-29

Rockets by Manufacturer / Centuri

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Centuri Nomad clone launch on a Estes A10-3t in an adapter. Full parachute, no damage.


   

2011-11-20

Rockets By Style / MicroMaxx Rockets

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FlisKit Honest John on a Quest MicroMaxx engine. I'd guess it got 125' up, but I couldn't follow it once it left the pad. Another flyer saw it land, recovered with no damage. Tampa TTRA 11/19/2011


   

Hans "Chris" Michielssen


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