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Old 04-06-2010, 02:07 PM
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It's built! Not painted yet, but built. Waiting for a day without 20mph winds to launch.

Here's a picture...

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Old 04-06-2010, 03:11 PM
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Color choices??? Looks Great!
Looking forward to the flight report.......................
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It only comes into play for less than 1 or 2 seconds of the life of the rocket! But people tend to remember those more than the sanding part.

Amen brother!

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Old 04-06-2010, 05:32 PM
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If we all knew how to make and sell rocket kits - and make a profit from it - we'd be doing it. James and I collectively have probably 600 out of the 700 plus designs posted here, but neither of us are producing kits. I can attest to this one fact: It takes more time and more discipline to create ONE set of instructions for a kit than it does to create FIFTY or ONE HUNDRED designs. Ask CenturiGuy about his experience with the instructions for the SEMROC release "Tau Zero", and he'll give you a play-by-play of the procedure...

There are other manufacturers represented here, too, and each of them can provide their own unique perspective into the business. I listen to all of them...



Amen to that....
The designing, prototyping, building and flying are the fun part.
But the instructions and beta builds....
Woof...
That is labor intensive.

Wait a second...
Did you say profit?
Are we supposed to make money in this venture???


It pays to have great folks who are willing to contribute illustrations and read over our Destruction manuals before the kits are released. Thanks Mal and Bob!
In order to lessen the drudgery of writing instructions we produce our infamous Destructions. Pretty much, it is a stream of consciousness approach liberally sprinkled with photos (still working on producing illustrations), information, tips, hints, off-beat humor and satire.
Oh, and there are a few steps on how to build the kits as well.


Build your kit, fly it and document the whole process here and anywhere else you can. Make overtures to different manufacturers. Bring attention to your creation.
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Old 04-06-2010, 05:37 PM
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Color choices... hmmm... I've been thinking about it but haven't really made a decision yet. I was thinking navy blue and yellow, but that seeks kind of boring.

I'll try some things out in RockSim to see how they look. Of course any suggestions are welcome.

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Old 04-06-2010, 10:24 PM
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Amen to that....
The designing, prototyping, building and flying are the fun part.
But the instructions and beta builds....
Woof...
That is labor intensive...


I'd take building the beta test models any day over writing the instructions! That's still more like the "fun" part than the "work" part.

Unlike some on this forum, I don't like the sanding part as much, but it's still more fun than writing...

And I'll even give 'em some underwear primer, just to keep 'em from being nekkid...

Writing instructions is a lot like taking tests in school. Hated, worrisome, and only enjoyed after you ace 'em.
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Old 04-06-2010, 11:08 PM
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You and me both. Kind of like writing documentation for a new computer program. Ugh. I'd rather write the software than document its usage! I get lots of practice at both (fortunately and unfortunately).

Updated fleet pictures on my website. I've "finished" several rockets but no new flights. Still waiting on a good day with something less than the 20mph winds we've been getting here.

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I'd take building the beta test models any day over writing the instructions! That's still more like the "fun" part than the "work" part.



Guess I should have made that remark more specific. What I find so labor intensive about Beta building if the Beta builders encounter a problem with the build or flight characteristics. For the build problems you sometimes have to rethink the entire process, change up the order of the steps or put something into the Destructions that you thought was in there in the first place. Then make sure the entire document has continuity.


Now flight problems are another matter......
Via email or phone you have to try and diagnose the problem, analyze the Beta builders methods of construction and consider a vast number of variables. For instance, we were going to bring an LPR version of the HMAS Bonestell to market last year. My personal builds were smooth, and flew beautifully on the numerous launches on my field and at ST2009. Well, except for the part where the KEVLAR pulled loose from the shock cord mount at ejection and the main airframe came in hot.
The Beta builders reported that his model would corkscrew during ascent. The first time, and every time it has flown. Now Brother John did one of the Beta builds so I know he is very knowledgeable and has mad rocket skills. The reason we can't produce the kit is that I can't reproduce and fix the problem!

*sigh*
All those poor Ballz going to waste.
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Old 04-07-2010, 10:02 AM
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You're right, it does remind me a lot of that Bo-Rocks kit... What was it? The "HellBender" or something like that which became the "Skybender" from Sunward. I would be curious to see how the grain on the fins is laid out on your model to prevent breaking and or warping. Looks cool though.

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Old 04-07-2010, 07:23 PM
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Exactly right. I have the Skybender and absolutely love it. My rocket was intended to be a true 2x model of the Skybender but I didn't recognize that RockSim could do that (a newbie) so I created it myself. I'll have to compare my design against what RockSim says.

Anyway, the winds are supposed to be calm on Friday (today is 14 gusting to 20) so I might get a chance to fly it then. If so, I'll post pictures.

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