The Mark Riffle Memorial Rolling Rocketry Garage Sale put in an appearance today at the Syracuse Rocket Club launch. I was unable to talk myself out of snagging another bargain: For $20, a LOC Precision Fantom EXL. Evidently Mark’s keeping the chutes and shock cords, and the “electronics bay” here is just an empty coupler. Still, not bad for the price, eh?
It looks like a big rocket but actually that’s an optical illusion: In fact under certain conditions it can even appear to be two different rockets. The little one’s seen some hard times, I guess. And the big one as well. One fin’s broken off and been reglued. Looks like the airframe’s been cut and reglued too.
I’ll consider doing some refurb work on both, though probably not a total makeover. The big one will give me a platform for experimenting with electronics, budget and inclination permitting.