Mars Snooper

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#21 Re: Mars Snooper

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and....

tada :!:
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#23 Re: Mars Snooper

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Sent her up Sunday. Any guesses on the results?
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#24 Re: Mars Snooper

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1. You used a C5 or E9 and it catoed? :cry:
2. It got stuck in a cloud and drifted away? :o
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#25 Re: Mars Snooper

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Rocket Babe wrote: Mon, 30 Nov 20, 21:03 pm 1. You used a C5 or E9 and it catoed? :cry:
2. It got stuck in a cloud and drifted away? :o
If only :(

If you look back into this thread, you will find numerous mentions of me knocking the rocket off the table or dropping it or whatever. The result was always the same, a fin broke off.

Well Sunday I was in a rush and not thinking straight and loaded an A6-4. Not enough of a kick to get it off the pad and way too much time till ejection. I pushed the button, she went up 50' or so and came crashing back down. All three fins snapped off and then the ejection charge fired. :oops:

I didn't even get any real good footage of the launch as I basically just had the camera hanging around my neck. The post mortem picture came out reasonable.
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I had wondered about the strength of the balsa used for those fins, and in the rebuild I am replacing them and using Basswood.
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#26 Re: Mars Snooper

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Maybe you shouldn't imbibe and fly. :~~X):

Stick to tending your bar and leave the flying to Pim. :lol:
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Rocket Babe wrote: Thu, 03 Dec 20, 16:49 pm Maybe you shouldn't imbibe and fly. :~~X):

Stick to tending your bar and leave the flying to Pim. :lol:
Oh, like she's NEVER lost a ship. :roll:
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#28 Re: Mars Snooper

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Technically, yes but she was in combat under heavy enemy fire. :USA:
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#29 Re: Mars Snooper

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Sometime during one of the past fin repairs, I used pins through the fin into the outer pod to strengthen the joint. All well and fine (that joint did not break again), but I had forgotten about them and was trying to saw the fin off the tube with an X-Acto razor saw. It wasn't going to well. :oops:
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#30 Re: Mars Snooper

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Least you think that I have been sitting on my pi'tard allowing the months to pass, :clueless: in truth I have been putting together a plan. AND, I have been acting on certain portions of that plan.
A while back, i decided that instead of balsa, I would use Bass Wood for the replacement fins. I found some 1/16" basswood and thought it would be better if I gave it a coating of lindseed oil to help rejuvenate it. Having done this, I noticed that a slight warp had developed in the material.
Well I have a clip showing how I went about removing the warp, but I can't upload it. :twisted: so I'll have to come back with a further update later.
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