Rocketry goals review for May 2014

Here’s how my 2014 rocketry goals are going:

  1. Fly some larger rockets
    Good this month. Flew the Mega Mosquito twice. Progress building the Lunar Eclipse Jr.
  2. 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.
  3. Fly some composite motors
    Good this month. Flew the Retro Rebel on an Aerotech D10-5 SU. First composite flight.
  4. 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.
  5. NARTREK Bronze
    Progress this month. Made and tested a streamer for the streamer duration; did my D motor flight.
  6. 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.
  7. Buy too many kits
    Not this month. None. Whatsoever. I bought two parachutes, that’s as close as it gets.
  8. Fly lots of stuff
    Good this month. Weather impact on club launch and NYPower cut into this, but I did launch 7 times.
  9. Have fun
    Good this month. Flying again!.

Victories in addition to the above:

  1. 7 for 7 recovery at NYPower, and 6 for 7 recovered undamaged.
  2. Learning things at club meeting and NYPower.
  3. 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
FlisKits Caution 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).
Estes Mosquito Done
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

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