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I started off playing with rockets in junior high school, but sold all my gear for $30 in the middle of 8th grade.

I've spent a heck of a lot more than that since then.

My current status on the hobby is: Tripoli Level 3.

My first trip to the Black Rock Desert in June of 2003 with Aeropac went very well. I flew 17 flights - the biggest being my PML (Public Missiles Limited) Io on a G80 engine. I was hooked.

I went again in September, with hopes of getting my Levels 1&2 certificates. (Level 1 is H & I engines, Level 2 is J, K, and L engines.) I took with me a modified PML Ariel (fiberglassed fins), and big $$ for more engines. I got both certificates, getting my Level 1 with an Aerotech H128, and the Level 2 with a Cesaroni 5 grain, and a 100% on the written exam. I got over 4200 feet on my altimeter!

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030920 - Level 1 flight of the Ariel on an H128 at XPRS - Black Rock.

 
Eventually I built a 4" minimum diameter rocket to fly for my Level 3 attempt.  The first try failed when a shock cord untied, but my second try in August of 2006 was successful!  The Enterprise 98 went to 17,000 feet, on an M2400 Blue Thunder motor, and recovered without damage.

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060804 - Aeronaut 2006 - Enterprise 98 on an M2400 for my Level 3!
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My collection at Dairy Aire, 2008

 

Next flight opportunity: June 10, with NOVAAR at Great Meadows. Here's some of the stuff I'm considering:

  1. Titan 4B on 2xE9-6s and 2xD12-3s.
  2. Honest John on a medium I.
  3. Mohawk on a G25 Moonburner.
  4. H-Bomb on an F52-11.

* - Subject to high-altitude/weather/wind conditions.

Here's what I'm working on.

  1. "2x2", a 54mm Min Diam for Aeronaut, using K250s and an L265 Mellow. Should go stupidly high, but lots of technical hurdles - CF fin tip-to-tip, new Altus Metrum Electronics, etc.
  2. Upscale EAC Viper 4" with 54mm motor mount, dual-deploy.
  3. Upscale Estes Commuter 4" with 38mm motor, novel ejection - drogue to main-in-bag-with-cutter.
  4. Replacement Razorback in fiberglass w/54mm motor mount.
  5. Creating the nosecone spinner - like the old "Moldin' Oldies" had. Testing underway!!
  6. Repair "Shaky", a 54mm with 4x29mm motors.
  7. Repair the Upscale Alien Space Probe. Need new, bigger CF tubes and holders for the legs, and a bigger drogue.
  8. (Scratch) 24mm min diam.
  9. Build the Baka, and lots of other little stuff.
  10. Get the Roton flyable.
  11. Build a BT55 Superroc for 24mm motors. Should be 90" tall!
  12. Got a hankering for a 7.5" 54mm something...

Additionally, I bought a another collection, including an old Centuri Saturn 1B, and a dozen other classic rockets. I'm processing it. Might keep a few, sell a few, and build a few.

That oughta do it!

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