Here’s how my 2014 rocketry goals are going:
- Fly some larger rockets
Progress these months. Of course I haven’t flown anything, but I’ve glued together a Mega Mosquito and put a coat of primer on both that and the Lunar Eclipse Jr.
- Fly more 24mm BP
Progress these months. Same comment. And I’ve bought some Estes D motors.
- Fly some composite motors
Progress these months. Again, I haven’t flown anything, but I’ve been working on the Bad Cholesterol, which is intended to fly on Aerotech D10-5 SU… three of which just arrived from ValueRockets.
- Put an entry (however pathetic) into each club launch contest and theme
Progress these months. Working on the Bad Cholesterol for the egg lofter contests, acquiring parts and doing a little preliminary work on The Rocket Doctors Recommend Most for the odd-roc theme.
- NARTREK Bronze
Not these months. I need to make a streamer… I keep forgetting about that…
- Build almost everything in my (current) build pile (see table below)
Progress these months. I’ve finished the Caution! and Mini Satellite Interceptor, have been building the Mosquito and Mega Mosquito, and have started painting those plus the Lunar Eclipse Jr., Dead Ringer, Saber, and V-2.
- Buy too many kits
Not these months. Ha!
- Fly lots of stuff
Progress these months. Again, I haven’t flown anything, but I’m getting ready. I’ve bought two bulk packs of Estes motors in addition to the aforementioned Estes and Aerotech Ds.
- Have fun
Progress these months. I have been: Building, designing, and going to club meetings and build sessions.
Victories in addition to the above:
- Learning things about building big rockets by participating in club rocket build.
- Plans in place for both NYPower and URRF.
2014 builds so far:
|Rocket||Status as of 30 Apr 2014||Notes|
|— In progress as of 1 Jan 2014:|
|Estes Tornado||Needs painting||Has flown, needs final paint / decal|
|3D Rocketry Lunar Eclipse Junior||Needs painting||1st primer on|
|(scratch) Bohica’s Dead Ringer||Needs painting||1st primer on|
|Bob Harrington Mini Satellite Interceptor||Done|
|Starlight Saber||Needs painting||1st primer on|
|Semroc V-2||Needs painting||1st primer on|
|— In build pile as of 1 Jan 2014:|
|Quest MLAS||Build pile|
|Estes D-Region Tomahawk||Build pile|
|Estes Mega Mosquito||Needs painting||1st primer on. Also needs launch lug glued.|
|Estes Photon Disruptor||Build pile|
|Shrockets SeaSting||Build pile||Plan to paint parts before gluing.|
|Semroc Swift Boost Glider||Build pile||Optionally for Gliders contest (July).|
|Estes Mosquito||Needs painting||1st primer on. Nose blow recovery mod|
|Hot Rod Habenero||Build pile|
|Aerotech Mustang||Build pile|
|Estes Xarconian Cruiser||Build pile|
|— Acquired or plan to acquire in 2014:|
|Estes Yankee||Needs painting and NARTREK streamer||For NARTREK Bronze streamer duration; paint after.|
|(scratch) Bad Cholesterol||Needs painting and custom chute for May, also payload stage for August||Primer on. For D Dual Eggloft Duration contest (May) and maybe TARC Rules contest (August).|
|(scratch) The Rocket Doctors Recommend Most||Parts acquired and some preliminary work||For Oddrocs theme and night launch (August).|
|Glencoe Jupiter-C||Build pile||For Plastic Model Conversion contest (September). Build non-conversion model as warmup.|
|Estes Mosquito #2||Build pile||Send to parts bin? Modify? Kitbash?|
|Estes Mega Mosquito #2||Build pile||Fat Boy kitbash?|
|Estes Ventris||Build pile|