NYPower 2019 (Sunday)

I spent today at the NYPower launch in Geneseo. I wanted to limit myself to one day there, and opted not to go Saturday because of weather. A couple of storms went through during that day, and the evening’s night launch was rescheduled for tonight; then around 9 pm or so an especially severe line…

SRC launch: July in October

Temperature in the mid 70s, clear skies, almost no wind… you sure this is October? I was pushing the button much of the day but snuck in a few rockets of my own, and abdicated close to the end of the launch to prep a couple rockets that needed more time. First of mine was…

NYPower 2017: Mud on the shoes

This year I went to only one day (today (Saturday)) of NYPower. The stripey Syracuse Rocket Club big tent was up and I commandeered a corner. Again, no new rockets, so everything I brought was veteran. I started off with the Lunar Eclipse Jr. on an E9-6. This one, recall, flew well on its first…

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…

Glide, glided, glade

Today’s club launch had its ups and good parts and bad parts. I showed up with seven rockets, planning up to nine flights but probably less. Not everything happened as planned. We got under way late, due to not being on time. Weather started out overcast (though it’d been almost cloudless when I left home… then again,…

Repairing the Lunar Eclipse Jr. (part 2)

I filled the seam where I’d cut the body tube with spot putty, sanded that and a couple other damaged areas, and brush painted. The finish generally was scuffy looking so I wiped it down with ammonia based glass cleaner and brushed on a new coat of Pledge. It isn’t great under close examination but from…

Let us spray

Oh, excellent… not only was today a holiday but it was about perfect painting weather. I shot gloss white Rusto 2X on the D Region Tomahawk (and I think it worked fine, I’ll let you know if it passes the touch test), gloss winter grey on the Sea Sting, and filler primer on the Honest Goon,…

Repairing the Lunar Eclipse Jr. (part 1)

It’s been a year and a day since the E9 cato that ruined what was supposed to be the second flight of my 3D Rocketry Lunar Eclipse Jr. Question is, did it ruin the rocket? I’ve had the bird sitting in the basement most of the past year waiting for me to figure out what to do…

Lunar Eclipse Jr. post-op

I managed to remove the E9-6 casing from the Lunar Eclipse Jr. motor mount. I also managed to remove the tool I originally tried to remove the casing with, but let’s not go there. The rear end of the motor mount tube is charred and crumbly. For a black powder motor maybe that wouldn’t matter…