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    Well, DD, you asked for it, so here it is. This is about the two new rockets I got for christmas. First off, does anyone else on this thread do model rockets? Here are the two new rockets that I got next to our 80" christmas tree (no they haven't been painted yet): Can anyone guess what they are?
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    Ahhh, Big ones????
     

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    Thats TALL! First guess will be a Stinger missle, second is a Patriot.
    Visited that website you linked. That stuff has changed since the last time I did it. There was one of an F14 that looked real cool. Do they have them set-up for r/c so you can glide back down without having to use the 'chute? That'd be off the hook.
     

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    sometimes I play around with estes rockets but not recently
     

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    Some of them do have RC gliders (if you check the pics, there are some of a RC glider). That F-14 was a PMC (plastic model conversion) done by Bruce, the club's treasurer. Here is a pic of the RC plane going up, and here it is while gliding. The pilot has won several national RC rocket glider competitions with it. Those rockets (I guess no one here does mid-power rocketry) are Aerotech rockets. The short one is the Initiator, and the big one is the Mirage. They are now primed (but not painted), and are scheduled to have their first flight (weather dependent) on January 9th or 22nd When I get them painted, I'll post some more pics, and when they fly, i'll also post some pics. The Initiator has an F40-7W waiting for it for the first flight, and the Mirage should start off on an F52-5T. If it goes well, I've also got a G64-4W for the mirage. (for those of you who don't know what all that means, basically, it's a LOT of power.
     

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    Can I be your friend? You seem to have all the cool toys.
     

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    I build scratch rockets all the time. It's a little harder than most people think. I actually won my state science fair with a project on rocket aerodynamics
     

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    Really? Just estes, or do you do mid-power too? Estes isn't that hard (depending on how much detail you want them to have), but mid power need to be pretty strong. I'm going to Lowes tonight to pick up the paint (I had primer but no paint) and I'm painting them tomorrow. Once their all painted and decaled (probably in a couple of days) I'll post another pic.
     

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    EDIT- they'll fly on the 2nd if the weather holds (nice)
     

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    I build them scratch, hence with-out a kit. Most of them are pretty small just because it's cheeper
     

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    Yes, I know, I do that a lot too, but I was wondering whether they flew on Estes (1/4A-E black powder) motors, or mid power (D-G Ammonium Perchlorate) motors. The'yre painted now, and as soon as I decal them, I'll post some pics (probably by tomorrow).
     

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    Well, the Initiator flew today, but my dad didn't take any photos - just video. He did take photos of my other rocket that I flew. Also, here's a pic of them painted (sorry about the quality)
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    And here I am getting the Initiator ready for flight. It flew well on an F40-7W and an F52-8T. On the F40 flight, it had about an 18-20" flame and thick white smoke! It was very loud both times.
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    And here it is after recovery
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    And here is a different rocket I flew today
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    WOO HOO! Looking good!
     

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    Yep. It (and possibly the Mirage) are going up again at the next club launch on a week from this Sat. (i'm too lazy to look at what that date is). When it flies again, I'll get some pics.


    EDIT - that will be the 15th if the weather is good.
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    The mirage flew today - great flight on a G64-4W (big motor) to around 1200-1300 feet. Will post pics of the launch as soon as I transfer them to the computer .
     

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    OK, here come the pics. First, on the pad:
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    Ignition!
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    Liftoff
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    Climbing:
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    Higher:
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    Last shot of the mirage:
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    I'm not even sure why this one flies:
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