Here’s how my 2014 rocketry goals are going:
- Fly some larger rockets
Good this month. Successfully flew Lunar Eclipse Jr. (once, plus twice unsuccessfully), Mega Mosquito (twice), and Ventris (twice, for certain values of successfully) — the latter being my first 29mm flights. Aerotech Mustang under construction.
- Fly more 24mm BP
Good this month. Lunar Eclipse and Mega Mosquito.
- Fly some composite motors
Good this month. Bad Cholesterol (once) and Ventris (twice). Second Ventris flight was my first reloadable and first Ceseroni motor.
- Put an entry (however pathetic) into each club launch contest and theme
Good this month. Bad Cholesterol fit the theme and contest of May’s canceled launch, and I flew the Caution! for the June contest. June theme, dual deployment, I was not able to do…
- NARTREK Bronze
Good this month. Successfully did the two stage flight; unsuccessfully attempted the streamer duration flight (but clearly doing it successfully is within reach).
- Build almost everything in my (current) build pile (see table below)
Progress this month. I’ve finished the Lunar Eclipse Jr.
- Buy too many kits
Not this month. Motor hardware, yeah, but not kits.
- Fly lots of stuff
Almost too good this month. One private launch, one club launch, and one regional event. 21 flights total, if you count the rod hang and the motor cato, compared to 27 in all of 2013.
- Have fun
Good this month. Can you tell?
Victories in addition to the above:
2014 builds so far:
|Rocket||Status as of 30 June 2014||Notes|
|— In progress as of 1 Jan 2014:|
|Estes Tornado||Needs painting||Has flown, needs final paint / decal|
|3D Rocketry Lunar Eclipse Junior||Done and flown||Needs repair or retirement|
|(scratch) Bohica’s Dead Ringer||Done and flown|
|FlisKits Caution||Done and flown (and destroyed!)|
|Bob Harrington Mini Satellite Interceptor||Done and flown|
|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 and flown|
|Estes Photon Disruptor||Build pile|
|Shrockets SeaSting||Build pile||Plan to paint parts before gluing.|
|Semroc Swift Boost Glider||Needs painting||For Gliders contest (July).|
|Estes Mosquito||Done and flown|
|Hot Rod Habenero||Build pile|
|Aerotech Mustang||Needs painting|
|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 and flown; needs payload stage and paint on 2nd egg capsule for August||For Dual D Eggloft Duration contest (June, rescheduled from May) and 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||Done and flown||Needs repainting|