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Old 09-15-2020, 04:05 PM
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I was still pooping my pants in 1964.


Iím hoping itís a few more years before I have to start worrying about that ...
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Old 09-15-2020, 04:45 PM
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Classic!!!!


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Old 09-15-2020, 05:20 PM
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That Super Sky Hook is super!

Have built & flown the Sky Hook II, flies well.

Bob
p.s. can't wait to see the Super X-Ray


Here is a picture of itís current state of completion. I may substitute an Estes 3Ē nose cone, itís closer to scale length, and better fit to the thinner clear payload section. I also donít like the launch lug and standoff, may add rail guides on new standoffs.

This model is 54mm main tube, 3Ē payload, and has a 38mm motor tube.
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Here is a picture of itís current state of completion. I may substitute an Estes 3Ē nose cone, itís closer to scale length, and better fit to the thinner clear payload section. I also donít like the launch lug and standoff, may add rail guides on new standoffs.

This model is 54mm main tube, 3Ē payload, and has a 38mm motor tube.
The big X-Ray looks great Lee. Always loved the X-Ray. What type of glue did you use for the fin fillets that dries in that dark brown color or is that a filler that you added to epoxy?
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[QUOTE=LeeR]You kids! I started flying rockets in 1964.

I was a junior in HS, then. My first rocket, Estes Scout, 1962-63, then quickly followed with the Astron Mark,using the tracing out the fins using the cutout. I reversed the root edge, using the leading edge as the root, and it looked sharp. Lost it on a B3-7, later the B14. On the pad, then just gone... The old Astron Apogee was flown several times using A and B engines. Then I cranked it up using a B3-0 to C6-7. Buh bye. I couldn't resist. Now I have some kits from FSI that won't get built and a guitar that I have some trouble playing anymore. Heavy sigh.
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Here is a picture of itís current state of completion. I may substitute an Estes 3Ē nose cone, itís closer to scale length, and better fit to the thinner clear payload section. I also donít like the launch lug and standoff, may add rail guides on new standoffs.

This model is 54mm main tube, 3Ē payload, and has a 38mm motor tube.


Lee,

That's a nice up-scale. Thanks for the pic.

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The big X-Ray looks great Lee. Always loved the X-Ray. What type of glue did you use for the fin fillets that dries in that dark brown color or is that a filler that you added to epoxy?


Steve,

A good friend built the X-Ray in the late 90s. He had it sitting in the attic of his machine shop. We were up in the attic about a year ago looking for something and I saw the X-Ray. I hadnít seen it in over 20 years. It is in great shape, was hardly even dusty. He gave it to me and said heíd like to see it finished. Iím finally getting around to it.

Regarding the epoxy, itís a clear red color. I seem to recall some epoxies we used back then having a distinct color. Maybe it was to identify different cure times? I just donít remember.

I have discovered that the body tube is a couple inches too long, as is the clear payload tube, by about 4 inches. He may have done that on purpose, to balance the look, since the nose cone is also too long. The Estes 3Ē cone is close to a perfect scaleup, so Iíll use one, and cut down the tubes.
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Old 09-18-2020, 10:18 PM
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I was a junior in HS, then. My first rocket, Estes Scout, 1962-63, then quickly followed with the Astron Mark,using the tracing out the fins using the cutout. I reversed the root edge, using the leading edge as the root, and it looked sharp. Lost it on a B3-7, later the B14. On the pad, then just gone... The old Astron Apogee was flown several times using A and B engines. Then I cranked it up using a B3-0 to C6-7. Buh bye. I couldn't resist. Now I have some kits from FSI that won't get built and a guitar that I have some trouble playing anymore. Heavy sigh.


Rocketflyer,

In January I flew a two-stage successfully, using a 50 year-old B14-0 (datecode December 1969), staging to a ďnewĒ B6-6 from 1993. Very cool liftoff! Love those flames on the B14s. Iíve posted this picture before, but worth reposting.
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That is a fairly impressive flame display for a B motor and daytime conditions. I mention that latter condition because at near-dark, a measly ol' A8 motor will put out a 'visible' flame that is really hard to believe for such a small amount of propellant. Larger motors, even more so under those conditions.

I've only flown one 'true' B14, but that was back in the mid-90s and it was so quick (no photographs either), I don't even recall any memory of the 'flame' at all. It was a '68 vintage Estes B14. Worked fine.

What model is that? By chance a Centuri (or Semroc) Arcon-Hi?

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That is a fairly impressive flame display for a B motor and daytime conditions. I mention that latter condition because at near-dark, a measly ol' A8 motor will put out a 'visible' flame that is really hard to believe for such a small amount of propellant. Larger motors, even more so under those conditions.

I've only flown one 'true' B14, but that was back in the mid-90s and it was so quick (no photographs either), I don't even recall any memory of the 'flame' at all. It was a '68 vintage Estes B14. Worked fine.

What model is that? By chance a Centuri (or Semroc) Arcon-Hi?

Earl


Earl, its just a scratch-built 2-stage. The rocket left the pad so fast that I would not have been able to tell you what the flame looked like! I saved a frame of the video that captured the flight.

This was at a beautiful soccer field in Denver area. Met and flew with Ed Mitton (Blastfromthepast here on YORF), and some of his fellow flyers, and a flyer friend of mine. Iíve known Ed from his blog and here for some time, but had never met.

The upper stage got its streamer tangled in one of the fins and landed in a sand pit nose down, and messed up the top 1/4Ē of the tube. I trimmed it and gave it a new paint job.

As I mentioned elsewhere, all my restorations are on my own rockets!
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