This was the first launch of the season for Tripoli-MN and it was a perfect day: cool in the morning, warming to the mid 70's, clear, light winds, and best of all - NO CORN! Just short green grass in all directions except the the south which was plowed.
I was a bit late but so was the setup so I was able to be in on the first round. Decided to take advantage of the low winds and finally put my Initiator up on a G motor for the first time. Had ignitor problems on the first attempt but a perfect flight on the second.
Had a very productive day, flying everything I brought. Every rocket was recovered and only two suffered fin cracks that will be easily repariable. Actually, I left with more rockets than I came with since one poor fellow lawn darted a nice NCR SA-14 Archer and threw it away in disgust. I was the first one to the trash barrel and now have a "fixer-upper" project. A few feet of new body tube and it will be back in the air.
There were many spectacular flights by others, including two flaming
CATOs, the first by Glen. There were also a fair number of
heartbreaking lawn-darts. One of the most impressive launches was
a large orange upscale of an Estes Initiator. It had three J motors
clustered and two F's in the outboard pods.
Another was Ted Cochran's 2x upscale Mars Lander on an I211, and his Machbuster F101 flight. I don't think there were any lost rockets this day.
Finally got pretty organized as far as range box and accessories. Also, used an old wheeled suitcase to carry my smaller rockets (each wrapped in bubble wrap). The only thing I did wrong was to not get around to applying sun-block. I'm pretty pink right now.
Notes for next time: Remember to take hat and apply sun block.
Bring lots of clothes pins for launch rod stand-offs and vinegar for cleaning
|Jeff||Aerotech Initiator||Aerotech G35-4W SU||Beeper||1900||Awesome! Landed on hard gravel road but no damage.|
|Jeff||Completely Cardboard||Estes D12-3||16" chute + 10' streamer||1000||RSO was suspicious but it flew beautifully.|
|Jeff||Centuri Orion||Aerotech D13-4W 18mm RMS||16" plastic chute||1500||Excellent.|
|Jeff||Centuri Taurus||Quest C6-5||14" plastic chute||700||Nice flight, cracked fin on landing.|
|Jeff||Estes Astron Trident||Quest C6-5||16" plastic chute||800||Very nice.|
|Jeff||Bic Arcas||Quest 1/8A MicroMaxx||Tiny parachute||40||Perfect. Crowd appeal. Ky & Jodi Michaelson got to see it.|
|Jeff||Clone of Estes Mosquito||Quest 1/8A MicroMaxx||Ejectable Motor pod w/Streamer||30||Laughter. Perfect flight.|
|Jeff||Estes Mini Mars Lander RTF||Estes 1/4A-3T||1st flight||10||Wrong motor. Severely underpowered. Plopped down next to pad long before ejection.|
|Jeff||Estes Mars Snooper||Quest C6-3||14" plastic chute||700||Nice flight. Cracked outboard fin tip on landing.|
|Jeff||Aerotech Initiator||Aerotech E11-4J 24mm RMS||22" nylon chute||600||Perfect. Slow climb. Intended motor for Completely Cardboard but found casing didn't fit well, so used it in the Inititator.|
|Jeff||Completely Cardboard||Estes D12-3||16" chute + 10' streamer||1000||Perfect.|
|Jeff||Centuri Spartan||Quest B6-4||10" plastic chute||1000+||Very nice flight. Much higher than expected, very long walk.|
What a perfect day!
See the photos of this launch on the Minnesota Rocketry Network.
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