June 23rd 2007 Father and Son Launch Report

I woke up this morning and decided I wanted to go fly but as usual for a Saturday morning nobody else in the house was up. Once awake my son decided he wanted to tag along so we headed out about 10:00 am. A bit later than I like but I was glad to have him along. We don’t get much time to ourselves and launching rockets makes for a great father and son activity as I’m sure a lot of you know.

First up was my sons new bird. I forget the name of the kit but it is a Quest EZ kit with forward swept fins. He painted it solid gold to match my Goldmember rocket. It flew on a C6-7 to what seemed to be at least 1000 feet returning to earth on the kit supplied streamer with no damage.

Second came my American Arrow. A nice boost on a D12-3 but the chute tangled and she completely popped the entire length of both fillets on one fin. I’ll repair her but she may be headed for retirement. I usually fly my rockets until they are ready for the round file but this is a special bird for me so I may make an exception.

Next up was my Tres on 3 C6-7’s. She flew great and had no damage on recovery. Apparently my repairs from the June 9th launch are satisfactory. I think I want to put a bigger chute on her though. I’ll probably have to go Mylar becase my 15″ nylon barely fits now.

Fourth up was the  SC Drone By the request of my son. He really likes the look of it. Another awesome high flight on a C6-7 with no damage on recovery with a 12″ chute.

Lastley we decide to give the Fake Wulf 290 a try. It had popped a wingtip on its maiden flight on June 9th so this was it return to flight. Things didn’t go so good. Two flights on C6-3’s resulted in really straight boost ending in really straight dives into terra firma. The first crash popped off the same wingtip which I CA’ed back on. The second crash broke the wing in half at the center. It’s repairable but I may retire her also. But of course I’ll have to buy another. It’s just too cool not to have one to fly.

 Unfortuanately the only pictures I took were of my Fake Wulf 290. One during boost of the second flight and one of the remains from the crash on that flight. We were too busy having a good time, sorry.

Fake Wulf 290 Liftoff - Flight 2 of 2 06-23-2007

Fake Wulf 290 liftoff (Flight 2 of 2)

Fake Wulf 290 Crash - Flight 2 of 2 06-23-2007

Fake Wulf 290 crash (Flight 2 of 2)

June 9th 2007 Solo Launch Report

I woke up to a nice morning so I decided to go fly. I had a few rockets that had never flown as well as one that I couldn’t wait to see in the air. Had a little bit of damage to some ships but a good day over all.

Todays Fleet
Aerobee Hi, SC Drone, Fake-Wulf 290, Goldmember, American Arrow, Icarus, Blue Ninja, and the Tres.
The Fleet

Rack One
That Aerobee moves! Don’t tell my daughter I launched it without her.;^)
Rack One
Not to mention it lands on it’s feet.
Rack One
Goldmember (aka Big Betty) is just a nice flying rocket. The gold really shines so it’s easy to track.
Rack One

Rack Two
Icarus and SC Drone are up next.
Rack Two
SC Drone Lights up first. Nice high flight and straight as an arrow.
Rack Two
Icarus went up next. It popped the nosecone on ejection which I lost. The boosters chute didn’t come completely out of the tube either so it fluttered down suffering no damage at all. Now I have to get me a new nosceone though.:^(
Rack Two

Rack Three
The ever popular Blue Ninja was next. Nice flight but I need to get me a real parachute for this one. It seems to come down a bit quick I think.
Rack Three
Rack Three

Rack Four
The good old American Arrow. Another easy to prep, good flying rocket. It landed only about 15 feet from the pad which I thought was pretty cool.
Rack Four
Under Chute
Rack Four

Rack Five
The Tres is definitely one of my favorites. This thing is just awesome. Hit the button and it’s gone! unfortuanately I have a bit of damage to repair. :^(
Rack Five
All three motors lit. This is the second flight on this bird and both times I had all motors light. Gotta love it!
Rack Five
Ouch!
Rack Five
Double Ouch!!
Rack Five
Triple Ouch!!!
Rack Five

Rack Six
The one we’ve all been waiting for I bet. I didn’t get a lift off shot because I had a stubborn motor. After swapping a new igniter for the old one (which looked perfectly good) it still wouldn’t light. So I played around with my controller a bit and whoosh! What an awesome flight. It boosted straight up @ 400 feet then arced over and went horizontal. Seperation happened without incident and the glider flew off in a very wide arc. It was fantastic! One thing to note though, try not to fly it without at least two sets of eyes. Trying to track both pieces wasn’t fun.
Rack Six
Unfortunately the glider landed on the hard packed road and snapped off the wing tip. Nothing a little CA won’t fix though. (Of course I didn’t have any with me.) The chute stripped two lines but survived with no other damage.
Rack Six

Rack Seven
I flew Goldmember and AA once more time before packing up and heading for home. It’s only 10:00 am, what a way to start out the day!

29mm V-2 Conversion

This project has been on my workbench for 6 months or so mainly waiting for paint. Finding a good V-2 scheme that hasn’t been done a thousand times isn’t easy. It is actually a converted Estes Canadian Arrow. The conversion basically consisted of the following:

  • Body tube shortened by 4 inches
  • Plywood centering rings from Piestrak Hobbies/Commonwealth Displays
  • Plywood fins from Piestrak Hobbies/Commonwealth Displays
  • 29mm Motor Mount from Piestrak Hobbies/Commonwealth Displays
  • West System epoxy throughout

I’m still in need of a 29 motor casing, some form of motor retention and a parachute. Motor retention will probably consist of a stainless steel screw and washer. Also, I have a 36″ flare parachute but it’s a tight fit in the tube. I may be able to use it but I may not. I’ll just have to keep tinkering.

Once complete it should push close to 3000 feet at about 80% mach. Cool!

All built up and dressed in primer.
V-2 in primer

Next was the white basecoat. Not that I planned on a scheme using white. It was what I had on hand and I wanted to get some color onto the rocket. Like I said, it’s been on my workbench for a long time.
V-2 in white basecoat

You can’t get a bigger motor in here than this! Hah!
V-2 motor mount
With all the weight in the back from the plywood and epoxy I had to come up with a way to put a lot of weight up front. I cut out the bottom of the nosecone and attached a piece of all-thread in with two pumps of epoxy. I then attached the eyebolt with a coupler. It’s heavy but I’m not sure yet if its heavy enough. If not I can just add washers to the all-thread shaft.
V-2 in primer
V-2 in primer

This is the paint scheme I’m thinking about doing. I am still trying to find out what exactly the olive green listed is. It could be RLM 80(FS#34096) but I have no way of knowing for sure. If you can help I’m all ears, or eyes as the case may be.
Field Test Scheme

June 8th Update
The painting is complete. It’s Wal-mart black and white with Gunze IJN Green. Looks good to me. The scheme is a bit boring but it is different. Here’s a couple of pics.
Field Test Scheme
Field Test Scheme