Sunday, October 2, 2016
Orlando R.O.C.K. Launch, October 2, 2016
I'll be glad when the humidity drops later this month. Towards the end of the session we all felt drained.
I had a Dr. Zooch model day, for the most part.
My Ares 1 STICK launched first with an Estes A8-3.
Arrow straight to about 175' and ejection of a really small parachute.
My Dr. Zooch ATLAS AGENA hadn't flown since 2011.
An Estes B6-4 got it up to an estimated 300' with a full chute for recovery.
To the right, Steve Moon launched a Zooch Titan IIIC.
Gary Dahlke brought some LPR classics.
This is an original Centuri Nike Smoke from the 1970s.
A perfect flight with a B6-4.
And another Dr. Zooch build from a few years back.
This MERCURY LITTLE JOE I was boosted by an Estes B6-4 to 350'.
The tower and details came out intact after it touched down.
Check out the finish on Lonnie's upscale Galaxy Guppy.
The metallic blue paint "scales" were made by rolling some bubble wrap over the paint while it was still wet. A great effect under sunlight.
Another of my older Zooch builds was the BT-50 based JUPITER C.
An impressive altitude was reached with an Estes B6-4, maybe 550 feet.
Winds were low today and it landed safely in the field.
Next to it is a RSR Delta Heavy. All three parallel engines did ignite for an impressive boost.
My fifth and last flight was a new prototype for the Odd'l Rockets F-16.
A canopy is needed on the new, longer nose cone. Some subtle wing shape changes and a larger intake scoop were added.
An older Quest German made B6-4 maxed it out at 325'. Straight boost with no roll to apogee. The parachute didn't fully open but it fell slow with no damage.
Five up, five recovered then lunch at Del Taco. A great, HOT day!