Monday, September 18, 2017

House of Blues Tetrahedron

Here is another quick and dirty build. The body is a cardboard tetrahedron that protected a corner on a new washer/dryer. I gathered three but totally forgot about them. My wife found them mixed with some trash. She is a good rocket girl, well trained to keep an eye out for junk that I can turn into a rocket.

It is less than three inches high so I decided to go with a 13mm mount. The body is a tad heavy but, luckily, I found a 7x13mm motor mount that no longer had a home.

I am thinking about using an A10 on the first flight and then going up to four A3's next.

I fiddled with PaintShop Pro and came up with the panel wraps. I still need to touch up the edges and shoot a clearcoat, but this is basically it (click through if you want to see better views of the individual faces):

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Fett Boy V3...that was quick

The tube with the backpack, etc. no longer telescopes over the body but there is a couple of inch open area at its base - enough to add a tad of room for the 'chute but not enough for it to stick after ejection. The plush Fett sits on top and is fat enough to wedge in tightly for launch. It is tethered with a section of elastic just in case it shakes free.

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Fett Boy, V3

The other day, I ran across a Boba Fett dog toy that looked perfect for a Fett Boy. Little did I know that I would need one in a couple of days.  I need to work out how it will be attached and how the how to configure the body. I am thinking about stretching the body to give more room for the parachute and ditching the telescoping nose section for a regular shoulder.

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I still need to work on the detailing. Yesterday's launch snuck up on me so I never finished it up.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Launch Report 2017-8 (NARHAMS)

Location: Old National Pike Park, Mt. Airy
Weather: wind <3, 81 degrees, sunny to partly cloudy
Total flights: Today - 11; YTD - 41
Total motors: Today - 11; YTD - 48
Motors by class YTD:  A-2; B-3; C-19; D-4; E-6; F-7; G-6; I-1


Another near perfect launch day! The weather, most notably the wind, was great. I even ditched the Chute release on a few flights. It was dead calm a lot of the time! The crowd was smallish since there was a competing regional launch at Great Meadow. Night launchers began to arrive at about 4PM so the crowd was building. I look forward to the night launch photos.

Here are my flights, in no particular order:
  1. Upscale Cluster Bomb on a G64-6 - CR@300' - Well, the large 'chute protector snarled the parachute. It would try to open and then would collapse. It fell safely and only damaged one fin.
  2. Centaurus on an F59-6 - CR@200' - Nice flight but there was a nose cone impact. I didn't see the ejection event. One of the side fin spars broke off and was lost. A trip to Hobby Lobby is in order.
  3. Fett Boy on an F59-6 - The delay estimate was way off and it was headed down fast at ejection. It separated and the cone section was lost. I already have a thought about the rebuild. The Fett Boy will fly again.
  4. 2nd Half on a C6-3 - Nice flight.
  5. Estes Majestic on an E16-6 - Nice flight.
  6. Mega Mosquito on an F15-6 - CR@200' - Nice flight.
  7. MRC Iron Man on a D12-5 - Nice flight.
  8. TLP Rapier on an F44-8 - Some major wiggle on the way up, but still successful.
  9. Lime Stiletto on an E12-6 - Nice flight.
  10. AAW 13mm Stealth on an A10-PT - Nice flight.
  11. AAW Stealth D10 on a C6-3 - Nice flight.
My photo album is linked below. Once again, the Flickr album embed script seems funky. You may land on my photostream and will have to navigate backwards.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Fett Boy rebuild, almost done!

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So, the Fett Boy is getting there. I have all the major bits and pieces on. I don't like the hands and may fiddle with them once I decide what to do. Or not. I also want to add thruster nozzles on the backpack. I have the actual nozzles but need the spherical parts. I'll add them if and when I run across suitable wood or plastic parts.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Drag race results are in...

Losing a drag race is sometimes better than winning :) This is a corollary to, "A bad day on the field is better than a good day at the office."