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Hellraiser.... The Abbreviated Build Thread.
HA! Yeah... I sent that photo to a buddy of mine --who is a HUGE Clive Barker fan-- and he said, "Well, if it's worked so far, you're pretty much done now; it'll be fully assembled by morning."



After the fin can had cured, I backfilled the remaining slots with some aeropoxy light filler, but got no quality photos of the process. I'd considered going around the base with a single layer of light glass, but figured it'd not be worth the effort... would you have done it? Or perhaps something else? How would you handle full-length slots?

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Anyways, surface is prepped by sanding off obvious high spots, and then shooting with rattle-can primer. This one, to be precise.

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Sand a bit more, and fill in obvious lows with some of this.

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Lather, rinse, repeat until I can live with the finish. Process repeated for each airframe section.

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Airframes are shot in 2x Gloss Black. Two coats were done, with a wet-sand between.

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When I saw Mark from Stickershock was again accepting orders, I contacted him immediately. Pinhead is amblazoned on the FWFG nosecone.

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To have a Hellraiser rocket without chains and hooks is just.... wrong. So Mark made up some for me. I had to slice them with the Favorite X-Acto knife at the airframe separation points.

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He even made the faces of the infamous puzzle box --the Lament Configuration-- for the fins.

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Air bubbles are worked out with a squeegee. I mean, my Tripoli card. Yes, I may have used this JUST to post in a build thread. Heh.

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Fins. I'm pretty happy with how these turned out.

Next: Assembled reveal.


Well... Here she is. Brought her in to work to give a sense of scale.

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Hellraiser and MICU 7-3

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As we share a station with Fire 88, we got a pic of Hellraiser with the rescue.

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And one more, for giggles.


Well I must admit i am happy to see it didn't finish itself on its own! that would have been bad :-)

Bill Clune L3 | NAR#88583
Been a launch Director
Founded a Club
MARS Club|SRC|MDRA - Forever
I am, too, Bill! It would have been a little disturbing, to say the least!



Bill Clune L3 | NAR#88583
Been a launch Director
Founded a Club
MARS Club|SRC|MDRA - Forever
So I got the GPS locator for the nosecone yesterday, and got everything set up today. I even made myself a Super High Performance GPS Holdy Thingie. Photos forthcoming.



Nosecone Locator/ GPS Holdy Thingie

As Hellraiser will utilize a freebag, I thought it prudent to have a way to locate the nosecone, if needed. I didn't see a need for a telemetry unit... because if it all works as intended, the telemetry from the av-bay will do just fine. This is more for if things don't go well, and the nosecone lands well away from the main body.

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As-needed location will be handled by a TK102b. I have a $10 pay-as-I-go plan on this. I call, it texts back a GPS location and a link to Google Maps.

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This is a garden-variety travel box for Q-tips that has been chosen to serve a much higher (see what I did there?) calling.

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A black Bic pen, stolen from the trauma team.... er.... donated to the cause by understanding employees of Penn State, is sacrificed. Its corpse glued to the back of the Q-Tip box.

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Behold! The official Cooper Brand Super High-Performance GPS Holdy Thingie!



It worked.

I'm pleased to announce that, despite my best efforts, I've got my level 3. 
This past Saturday, Hellraiser got off the ground at MDRA's ESL 209 on a CTI M 1770. 
She went 4,995 feet (drag higher than expected), and 731 FPS. 
The 2' x 24' streamer brought her in at ~80 FPS.  Nosecone was jettisoned at 600', and recovered under a 48" Fruity Chutes Iris Ultra, which served as a pilot to yank the 96" Iris Ultra out of its deployment bag.  She came to a gentle landing with the lower airframe on the right side, and the upper airframe on the left side of a ditch.  The nosecone was recovered ~25 yards away. 

Much thanks to everyone who assisted with, and retained interest in, this project.  But most of all, I've got to thank my wonderful (and hot!) girlfriend, Nikki, for putting up with my nerdery, and my awesome kids, who ran "mission control" at the computer reading and relaying the telemetry, were in charge of tracking, and assisted in recovery.  Tom C, and Scott were invaluable help at the pad (I'd never used the hydraulic setup at MDRA...), and my buddy, Bob, who helped lug the thing and load her and recover her.  Also, I would be remiss to neglect to mention my fantastic TAPs, Robert DeHate and Fred Wallace.  Their time and knowledge base was much appreciated through this project.  If I didn't go with the longer cord, as Fred suggested, I wouldn't have spanned the ditch at landing, that's for sure!  Also thanks to Tommy Higgs for letting us use his land, and MDRA for being such a fantastic group of people to fly with.

It should be noted that the first motor I flew after receiving my cert was a 24mm G.  Heh.  Because that's what one does... make sure the kids get to see theirs fly on Daddy's motors.  Sunday was theirs... I had my Saturday in the sun... even if it was working on wicked cold.  Heh.

Data, photos, and video forthcoming...


Congrats, am looking forward to the photos.
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Level-2 certified but mostly fly G and under;
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Congrats on the L3!
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