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  Super Big Bertha
Posted by: IndianaSteve - 01-27-2018, 05:31 PM - Forum: Mid Power - Replies (6)

Did a fun build out of some spare parts lying around this weekend. Built a bit larger version of the Super Big Bertha. It makes my 3rd Bertha, coming in @ 44” tall and a 29mm motor mount it should be a fun flier! Well here is a couple pics of what I have dubbed Stealth Mode. 
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  Hello from Buffalo
Posted by: gereshes - 01-22-2018, 11:23 AM - Forum: Introductions - Replies (2)


I'm an undergraduate studying aerospace engineering at the University at Buffalo and have my L1 cert and am currently building another scratchbuilt for my L2 cert. I've started a website to cover some of my engineering projects that I'm working on/have completed. Quite a few of these projects involve high power and experimental rocketry and ~ 1/3 of my site is devoted to it. You can find the main rocketry page here http://gereshes.com/rocketry/ . The website also has a blog portion where I am trying to post every Monday. The blog is currently in the middle of the series detailing the rolling out of a test stand to support the Universtiy at Buffalo SEDS experimental motor program. You can find the latest post here http://gereshes.com/2018/01/22/structura...-roll-out/


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  Fun V2 build
Posted by: IndianaSteve - 01-19-2018, 09:35 PM - Forum: Low Power - Replies (1)

Just finished a fun build tonight. The Estes V2 had always been on my build list, but I never purchased one. Well all that changed last week when the UPS dropped this one off. I wasn’t go for a show paint job on this, I wanted that retro camouflage look. The OD green and black is my favorite combo, so here is how she turned out. Now to wait for the weather to turn and get her in the air!
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  Aerotech Mustang Build
Posted by: IndianaSteve - 01-15-2018, 11:55 AM - Forum: Mid Power - Replies (3)

well Since the Indiana weather is still crap, I thought I would share a few pics of my weekend build. This is my first Aerotech kit I have built, but won’t be the last. I was impressed by the quality and fit of all the parts in the kit. 

I didn’t plan on doing a build thread on this one so there is only a few pics of construction. The only deviation from the kit is the decals. I went with a set of vinyls from stickershock23 instead of the provided water slide decals. 

Hopefully the Indiana weather will cooperate and I can get some flight time soon! Well here is a couple pics. 
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  AMW Red Max Build
Posted by: MarkH - 01-14-2018, 06:25 PM - Forum: High Power - Replies (37)

Here are the parts unboxed.  Fin skins included.


I am currently thinking of building it with a 75mm mount, since a 54mm J doesn't seem like enough.   And because my Estes Mega DRM was 98mm/minimum diameter... going for a little less overkill here.  I think I can make a 2 grain 75mm work.

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  Big Bertha Stealth
Posted by: IndianaSteve - 01-07-2018, 12:29 PM - Forum: Mid Power - Replies (3)

Well since it’s freezing cold in Indiana this weekend, I thought a fun build was in order. I had a Big Bertha kit in the build pile and decided to put her together. 
Looking at the little 18mm motor mount made me think man this could really get up and go with my stash of F32-4t Blue Thunder engines! So I fabbed a custom 24mm engine mount and retainer and dropped it in. While thinking of stabilizing this girl while screaming though the air 😂 I oversized the fins and made them out of 3/32” balsa instead of the 1/8”. 
I finished it out in a black metallic pearl paint and once my custom decals come in, I will apply them and clear coat. 
Well enough rambling out of me, so here’s a pic, and one with her little sister for fun 😁
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  Looking for L1 rocket opinions
Posted by: IndianaSteve - 01-03-2018, 01:21 PM - Forum: High Power - Replies (10)

Good afternoon ladies and gents, as the title states I am looking into picking out my first high power rocket! I will hopefully be trying for my L1 cert as soon as the Indiana weather gives us a break!!
I have done some research and found what I believe the ideal rocket is for my cert flight, but I want some opinions from people that have been there before. 
I am looking for a 38mm engine rocket that is built strong( to give me the best chance of a clean flight for my cert) and although I wish I could say budget isn’t a consideration, it happens to be 😁 so I need to keep the kit under $150
So if you had to do it all over again, what would you choose and why please. 
Thanks for any help for the new guy on the block 😎

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  Hello from Indiana
Posted by: IndianaSteve - 01-02-2018, 12:48 PM - Forum: Introductions - Replies (7)

I’ll take a minute and do the introduction, I’m Steve from a small town of Converse in Indiana. I’ve been into rocketry for some years now with the low and mid power stuff, but as of late have been getting more interested in high power. I’ve been fortunate enough to finally find a rocket club reasonably close (1 1/2hrs) from me and am hoping to get my L1 very soon, as I will be building my rocket here soon. 
Hope I can learn a bit from you veterans and start flying high! Thanks for having me.

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  Loki 38/240 Motor Hardware
Posted by: MarkH - 12-31-2017, 09:29 AM - Forum: Give it away.... - Replies (1)

Since I don't have any flyable 38 mm rockets at the moment and don't really fly that much either, I'm looking to clear some stuff out and maybe burn more reloads than I buy in 2018. But I will give this one away;  a flown twice 38/240 Loki hardware set. Details follow.

For someone looking to certify level 1 I will provide this hardware set, and 1 reload free of charge. The only catch is the recipient must post a build thread here on this forum (cross post of build on another forum will void this offer) of the currently unbuilt rocket they plan to fly for certification. Upon completion of rocket and build posts (with pictures) I will provide the hardware and a reload from a Loki vendor.  Bonus, if the flyer flies at MDRA, I will instead provide 3 loads (1 of each red, white, and blue) for this case. If interested send me a PM on this forum.


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  Seasons Greetings
Posted by: Sunward - 12-22-2017, 04:48 PM - Forum: Vendor & Manufacturer Display - No Replies

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a happy and joyous holiday season.  Best wishes for a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year in 2018!

Shipping will resume Wednesday December 27 as all shipping companies are closed on Monday and Tuesday for Christmas and Boxing Day holidays.

Angelo and Pina Castellano

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