SRC launch: Spared by the Angel of Death (part 1)

The Syracuse Rocket Club’s annual Family Picnic Launch was no picnic for several major rocket flights, unfortunately. There was a lot of hard work that didn’t pay off, about which I feel bad. Undeservedly, my not so hard work generally produced good results. I’ve flown fewer rockets this year than in the past, but today…

SRC launch: Fire in the hole

Seems I haven’t entirely shaken my launch jinx. Saturday was the Syracuse Rocket Club’s annual Family Picnic Launch, our big launch event. My flights started off well enough with the Bohica’s Dead Ringer on a B6-4. It flew as it always does on that motor, straight up, down under a streamer. Camera problems resulted in…

NYPower 2016: Sunday / Monday

I was on my own Sunday, Kenny deciding to stay back at the hotel. Having flown all black powder Saturday, I decided to lead off Sunday with some APCP purchased from AMW the day before. The Excel went up on a CTI H152 Blue Streak with the delay drilled to 10 seconds. 8 seconds might…

NYPower 2016: Saturday

Kenny and I spent Memorial Day weekend in Geneseo, NY, for the Monroe Astronautical Rocket Society’s NYPower launch. We arrived at the Geneseo Airport to find the Syracuse Rocket Club’s big tent already set up right across from registration in the middle of the flight line. So our popup stayed in the car and we set…

Sincerest

Dick Stafford is making a Micro Fat Boy. His has cardstock fins which look a good deal less clunky than the balsa I used. He’d probably win a drag race. Then again, the rocket’s so small, I figure the added area from the chubby fins just might be the only thing keeping it from disappearing.

Building the Estes (clone) Fat Boy (part 4)

Next, the decals. Sandman Decals listed decals for the full size Fat Boy, but they were out of stock, and unsurprisingly there wasn’t a 1/5x downscale. But I wrote to … Wait a second. I’ve said all that, haven’t I?I put the decals on, then I applied a Pledge clear coat. I put a removable Kevlar leader on, and…

Building the (scratch) Micro Fat Boy (part 3)

Next, the decals. Sandman Decals listed decals for the full size Fat Boy, but they were out of stock, and unsurprisingly there wasn’t a 1/5x downscale. But I wrote to Gordon and he printed up a sheet for me with the full size decals and two copies of the downscale decals. I only requested one copy, but he was…

Fat Boy CG?

Anyone out there got a stock Estes Fat Boy they could check the CG on for me? I can’t seem to find a sim file for an unmodified Fat Boy. In any case I’d rather have a measurement of CG off an actual rocket than from a sim. The original 18 mm rather than the…