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!


  1. To all: Nothing to do with the current post but, does anyone know what happened to the Quest Aerospace website? It defaults to a website for vacant domain names. Hoping it's a temporary problem...

    BAR Geezer

    1. Hi BAR,
      I just checked myself, it's not bringing up the old website. You might want to post this question on TRF and see if you get any answers. Aerotech has an Open Thread on TRF at:

  2. No Zooch Space Shuttle in your fleet?

    1. Hi Joe,
      Yep, I have one, but it's a shelf queen. Built before I started the blog and never flown.

  3. Dude. Either fly it or get another one to build and fly. They're amazing!

    Dr. Zooch updated the design a little since the one you built and the elevon in the back isn't held flat for launch anymore which allows the orbiter to mount a little further back - improving the look.

    Also, I don't know if there was an option for the fins to be shaped like flames in your kit but for the past few years they have and they look much better.

    Using the wraps improves the look of the orbiter 100 times.

    Here's my post of the second one I built. First was stock, like you, second was using the wraps.

    I'm tempted to buy a kit and have it sent to you just so you can enjoy flying it, it's that much fun!!

  4. Hi Joe,
    I've seen your build posts. The new wraps look great!
    Thanks, I appreciate the idea, but probably not a good idea to send me any rocket kits! I have more now than I'll ever be able to build. That and too many other irons in the fire.

  5. Hey, two of my rockets made the blog this month. That is a first for me. The Delta IV is mine, too. I love flying it on a cluster of three motors, although I think it needs a little more nose weight to be really stable. Luckily, with the way Carl designed the rocket, I can add and remove noise weight as needed.