Here’s how my 2014 rocketry goals are going:
- Fly some larger rockets
Good this month. Flew the Mega Mosquito twice. Progress building the Lunar Eclipse Jr.
- Fly more 24mm BP
Good this month. Mega Mosquito flew on a D (first D flight since 2012) and an E (first E flight), and I finished building the Bad Cholesterol.
- Fly some composite motors
Good this month. Flew the Retro Rebel on an Aerotech D10-5 SU. First composite flight.
- Put an entry (however pathetic) into each club launch contest and theme
Progress this month. Finished the Bad Cholesterol; May egg lofter contest was canceled but I hope to use it (with different egg capsule and altimeter bay) for the August contest. Started work in semi earnest on The Rocket Doctors Recommend Most for the odd-roc theme.
- NARTREK Bronze
Progress this month. Made and tested a streamer for the streamer duration; did my D motor flight.
- Build almost everything in my (current) build pile (see table below)
Progress this month. I’ve finished the Mosquito, Mega Mosquito, and Dead Ringer. The Lunar Eclipse Jr., Saber, and V-2 were been on hold but I’ve gotten back to the LE the past few days.
- Buy too many kits
Not this month. None. Whatsoever. I bought two parachutes, that’s as close as it gets.
- Fly lots of stuff
Good this month. Weather impact on club launch and NYPower cut into this, but I did launch 7 times.
- Have fun
Good this month. Flying again!.
Victories in addition to the above:
- 7 for 7 recovery at NYPower, and 6 for 7 recovered undamaged.
- Learning things at club meeting and NYPower.
- Plans in place for URRF.
2014 builds so far:
|Rocket||Status as of 31 May 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||Primer on and sanded, ready for color|
|(scratch) Bohica’s Dead Ringer||Done|
|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||Done|
|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).|
|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||For NARTREK Bronze streamer duration; paint after.|
|(scratch) Bad Cholesterol||Done; needs payload stage and paint on 2nd egg capsule for August||For TARC Rules contest (August).|
|(scratch) The Rocket Doctors Recommend Most||Work begun on airframe; electronics needs to be worked out||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|