Nike Hercules started

June 3, 2009

So far I have the sustainer body tube, motor mount, and electronics bay built. It took forever to figure out how to mount the timer and protect it from ejection gas. The electronics are the only deviation I plan to make from the plan-pak. Originally I cut BT-80 tube for this, but changed my mind. […]

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Ongoing Plague of Igniter/Ignition issues

June 1, 2009

I attempted the fourth flight of the Hellion. This time 3 motors lit, and carried the launch cable with it. If you look closely you can see the cable hanging below in this photo. I thought I had figured out what I was doing wrong, but starting to think my igniters are not all good. […]

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Chicken Hawk Officially Gone

May 30, 2009

I searched again a couple nights ago. I wore gloves, long pants, and used a walking stick to help protect against the briars. I canvased the whole area where I thought it landed, but didn’t find it. It’s possible that it went a little further, into the adjacent field. I didn’t want to try crossing […]

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Sunward Eruption

May 30, 2009

I’m mostly finished with my Sunward Eruption. I need to start working up a review for EMRR. This is my second Sunward kit (well almost, the first was co-built/assisted with). My initial opinion of Sunward kits was negative, but after building this I’m not as uptight about the shortcomings. Overall I love their designs, and […]

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Hellion was flown too

May 27, 2009

Maybe because I was scratched up and bleeding, but neglected to mention that we also flew the the Hellion again last night. Only two motors lit. It did fly in a straight trajectory. Ejection occurred after landing. Two of the ignitors pulled out. I think they were too short and not secured well enough. I’ll […]

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Epic Fail of the Chicken Hawk

May 26, 2009

Didn’t have video camera, but Andi got some pre-flight pics with my phone. Flew it again at the soccer field. It went up and arced over, then headed straight for the trees. I saw a puff of smoke and the chute as it disappeared in a mass of briars. I tried hunting for it until […]

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Hellion videos

May 25, 2009

Here are the current videos for first two Hellion flights. I hope to replace these later. At some point in the near future I might pull an ‘Office Space‘ on my computer, start over with a computer that doesn’t suck and re-encode these. Enjoy. Flight One: Flight Two:

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