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locked Re: NARCON 2001

Wolfram v.Kiparski <wolf@...>
 

--- In MTMA@y..., m_reckt@r... wrote:
Mornin' Folks:

Thought I'd pass along this message that was posted to the
NAR_Sections group yesterday.
Is anyone planning on going to NARCON?

For that matter, would anyone like to go to NARAM at Geneseo, NY
this August? I will definitely be going. I will most likely be
flying under the ASTRE (section 471) banner, but if there is any
interest, I'd be just as happy representing MTMA in this grand
tournament.

Wolf


locked Re: thunk.. thunk... is this thing on?

Erock68 <erock68@...>
 

Looking forward to finally meeting all of you!! Been busy working on my
fleet. If the launch is scrubbed (I hope not!! knock on wood), can you give
me the directions to where the meeting will be held??

Thanks all!!

Eric Shaw

----- Original Message -----
From: Hilty Information Systems <blankreg@...>
To: <MTMA@...>
Sent: Thursday, February 01, 2001 8:36 PM
Subject: [MTMA] thunk.. thunk... is this thing on?


Hey all!

I think I've got all the pieces together here, so we'll see how this
"acquisition" will accomidate me...

Next launch, on February 11th is on, pending weather, and field
conditions.
Dunno about you guys, but my yard looks like a plowed field right now.
Hopefully, things will either dry up, or freeze up by the 11th.! Keep
your
fingers crossed!

Mark and I have finally scheduled a meeting for this month... here's the
deal...

Carve the 11th in stone on your calendars, as, if we scrub the launch for
one reason or another, we will hold our meeting on the same day, at 2:00PM
at my house in Mantua. So, "something" will happen on the 11th. Now, if
we
fly on the 11th., we'll have the meeting on February 25th, same place,
same
time.

Hope to see y'all... um.. doing *something* on the 11th.!

<vbg>

Tod



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locked Reminder - Launch at Pioneer Trail Field

MTMA@...
 

We would like to remind you of this upcoming event.

Launch at Pioneer Trail Field

Date: Sunday, February 11, 2001
Time: 9:00AM - 3:00PM EST (GMT-05:00)

West Pioneer Trail
Mantua Township, Portage County, Ohio
http://web.raex.com/~markndeb/rockets/mtma/ptmt.htm
Setup at 9:00 a.m.
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locked Reminder - NAR Section Meeting - Tentative

MTMA@...
 

We would like to remind you of this upcoming event.

NAR Section Meeting - Tentative

Date: Sunday, February 11, 2001
Time: 2:00PM - 4:00PM EST (GMT-05:00)

If the launch is scrubbed, we will hold our NAR Section meeting
at Tod's house.

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locked Re: Reminder - Launch at Pioneer Trail Field

Mike & Karen <mleffler@...>
 

Do we know yet if we will have our waiver??

-----Original Message-----
From: MTMA@... [mailto:MTMA@...]
Sent: Sunday, February 04, 2001 9:02 AM
To: MTMA@...
Subject: [MTMA] Reminder - Launch at Pioneer Trail Field




We would like to remind you of this upcoming event.

Launch at Pioneer Trail Field

Date: Sunday, February 11, 2001
Time: 9:00AM - 3:00PM EST (GMT-05:00)

West Pioneer Trail
Mantua Township, Portage County, Ohio
http://web.raex.com/~markndeb/rockets/mtma/ptmt.htm
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Range opens at 10:00 a.m.


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locked Here horsey, horsey, horsey...

castraka@...
 

Just wondered who ended up with Trigger after that last launch and
what shape is the 'ol nag is in?

I think it's time for a Spring grooming....

BTW, won't be at the 2/11 thang--prior family commitment. Hope
conditions allow for a launch...

Tod-Do you still have any Sidewinder pics from your trip to Wright
Patterson (as you mentioned awhile back on RMR)?? I could sure use
copies -- high resolution digital images via email will do too!

Chuck "the ghost secretary of MTMA" Straka


locked Re: Here horsey, horsey, horsey...

Tod Hilty
 

At 03:06 AM 2/7/01 -0000, you wrote:
Just wondered who ended up with Trigger after that last launch and
what shape is the 'ol nag is in?
It's been hibrinating by the water heater in the garage. Hopefully, I can
wake it up sufficiently to be used Sunday.. ;)

I think it's time for a Spring grooming....
It's pretty clean, as I wiped it down after the last launch, coated the
blast deflectors, and launch rods with a light coating of gun oil, etc.
BTW, Stan, still have your launch controller..

BTW, won't be at the 2/11 thang--prior family commitment. Hope
conditions allow for a launch...
Me too, but don't forget y'all no launch means meeting!

Tod-Do you still have any Sidewinder pics from your trip to Wright
Patterson (as you mentioned awhile back on RMR)?? I could sure use
copies -- high resolution digital images via email will do too!
I still have them, as a matter of fact the server they're on is currently
booted up. You want for me to email 'em to you? They're not super quality,
due to the fact that the camera I was using was a working museum piece. I
hope to get back there this Spring with my spiffy new JVC digital, and get
some better shots.

Chuck "the ghost secretary of MTMA" Straka
Yeah buddy, it's been awhile! We were about to make you a "legend", but
then we saw your name in the "Model Rocketeer"!

<vbg>

tah


locked Reminder - Launch at Pioneer Trail Field

MTMA@...
 

We would like to remind you of this upcoming event.

Launch at Pioneer Trail Field

Date: Sunday, February 11, 2001
Time: 9:00AM - 3:00PM EST (GMT-05:00)

West Pioneer Trail
Mantua Township, Portage County, Ohio
http://web.raex.com/~markndeb/rockets/mtma/ptmt.htm
Setup at 9:00 a.m.
Range opens at 10:00 a.m.


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locked Reminder - NAR Section Meeting - Tentative

MTMA@...
 

We would like to remind you of this upcoming event.

NAR Section Meeting - Tentative

Date: Sunday, February 11, 2001
Time: 2:00PM - 4:00PM EST (GMT-05:00)

If the launch is scrubbed, we will hold our NAR Section meeting
at Tod's house.

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locked Sunday's Launch Status

Tod Hilty
 

We have permission to use the field, and the weather forecast at this point
looks "workable" for Sunday. My primary concern is field condition due to
the "Key West" like temperatures we're having. <bg> I'll be checking it
tomorrow, and again on Saturday. If the field is too soggy, we may be
confined to flying lower power so's we can set up closer to the road. I'll
keep an eye on things!

Tod


locked Current Pioneer Trail field conditions...

Tod Hilty
 

... are _nasty_!

I almost got the Tracker stuck right by the road. Our pond is back, and
everything is thawed beautifully! Let's hope for a good hard freeze. I'll
check a couple of times tomorrow...

Tod


locked Re: Current Pioneer Trail field conditions...

Mike & Karen <mleffler@...>
 

forecast for Saturday night is a low of 13 high Sunday of 30...should freeze
okay.

-----Original Message-----
From: blankreg@... [mailto:blankreg@...]
Sent: Friday, February 09, 2001 7:45 PM
To: MTMA@...
Subject: [MTMA] Current Pioneer Trail field conditions...


... are _nasty_!

I almost got the Tracker stuck right by the road. Our pond is back, and
everything is thawed beautifully! Let's hope for a good hard freeze. I'll
check a couple of times tomorrow...

Tod



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locked Launch Status

Tod Hilty
 

Things are looking pretty good for tomorrow (for a change)! It's going to
be cold, slightly windy, but apparently pretty sunny! The ground froze up
"real good" last night, and with tonight's cold temps, should be in pretty
good shape for tomorrow. I won't be able to get Trigger out there until
11AM, as we are hosting part of a "progressive dinner" (don't ask, long
explaination) tonight, and I have to help "the one who let's me fly rockets
like a little kid" clean up in the morning. We should be able to fly right
up 'til about 4PM, as we've got a bit more light in the evening now...

I'll be checking the field again later this afternoon...

Stan, what's the status of our waiver tomorrow?

Tod


locked Re: Launch Status

Mike & Karen <mleffler@...>
 

Great news...I have lots of ordnance to expend. I can do some real wallet
damage ifin we get the waiver (ifin is a Mantua word)

-----Original Message-----
From: blankreg@... [mailto:blankreg@...]
Sent: Saturday, February 10, 2001 10:50 AM
To: MTMA@...
Subject: [MTMA] Launch Status


Things are looking pretty good for tomorrow (for a change)! It's going to
be cold, slightly windy, but apparently pretty sunny! The ground froze up
"real good" last night, and with tonight's cold temps, should be in pretty
good shape for tomorrow. I won't be able to get Trigger out there until
11AM, as we are hosting part of a "progressive dinner" (don't ask, long
explaination) tonight, and I have to help "the one who let's me fly rockets
like a little kid" clean up in the morning. We should be able to fly right
up 'til about 4PM, as we've got a bit more light in the evening now...

I'll be checking the field again later this afternoon...

Stan, what's the status of our waiver tomorrow?

Tod



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locked Launch Status

Tod Hilty
 

We're still on for tomorrow! A couple of things tho'... First off, our
"pond" is now a "lake". A portion of the "lake" extends across the access
road, and after driving over it with the GMC, it's still _quite_ thawed
underwater. The mud below the 6" of water is easily 4-6" deep. The freeze
tonight may stiffen things up, but once the sun's up, it may thaw again.
Anyone with an SUV shouldn't have a problem "fording" the water. Just keep
well to the left, keeping your right wheels on the "hump".

Anyone who's car may "bottom out" easily may want to stay back toward the
road, as this little "trap" may catch ya!

Anyway, I'll be out there with Trigger around 11AM, so hope to see y'all!

Tod


locked Re: Launch Status

Mike & Karen <mleffler@...>
 

Should be there between 12:30 and 1:00

Mike

-----Original Message-----
From: blankreg@... [mailto:blankreg@...]
Sent: Saturday, February 10, 2001 6:00 PM
To: MTMA@...
Subject: [MTMA] Launch Status


We're still on for tomorrow! A couple of things tho'... First off, our
"pond" is now a "lake". A portion of the "lake" extends across the access
road, and after driving over it with the GMC, it's still _quite_ thawed
underwater. The mud below the 6" of water is easily 4-6" deep. The freeze
tonight may stiffen things up, but once the sun's up, it may thaw again.
Anyone with an SUV shouldn't have a problem "fording" the water. Just keep
well to the left, keeping your right wheels on the "hump".

Anyone who's car may "bottom out" easily may want to stay back toward the
road, as this little "trap" may catch ya!

Anyway, I'll be out there with Trigger around 11AM, so hope to see y'all!

Tod



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locked LAUNCH REPORT! MTMA #15 Our first in the new millenium, or, "MUDROC EAST"!

m_reckt@...
 

*** Originally posted to RMR by Tod Hilty ***

The hard rocking rocket scientists of the Mantua Township Missile
Agency awoke Sunday morning, February 11th, to brisk temperatures,
blue skies, and _calm_ conditions! Having all gone off our
medication simultaneously, and not having flown since November of
last year, we cracked, and MUDROC EAST was hatched!

Location: Pioneer Trail field, Mantua Township, NE Ohio
41d 17m 45s N, 81d 16m 27s West
Conditions: Blue sky, few clouds, winds extremely light from the N,
NE. Temps running in the middle 20's

Wow, weird winter we're having here in NE Ohio, huh? I checked the
field on Friday afternoon during the downright "Key West" like
weather we were having... almost 70! Our "water hazard" was back,
and the field was moderately muddy. Friday night changed
everything. We must've had 3" of rain, and the temps dropped down
into the 'teens. It snowed Saturday, and I checked the field again
on Saturday evening for a last minute "go, or no go" decision.
The "water hazard" was now a lake, with a portion of our access road
under water. Everything seemed to be frozen, tho', so I went
for "go".

The "fun" began during the launch...

In attendance were the author and family, Mark Recktenwald, Tracy
Laux and his entourage, Paul Bauer, Mike Leffler and his son, Jerry
(mumble), the esteemed Barry Lynch, of LOC Precision, Craig Lent, and
David Waner. Mike Fralick, Don (mumble), and Joe Lemermeier of
Tripoli NE Ohio #3 were hangin', and flyin' too!

45 flights! 1/4A to I impulse!

Paul Bauer got things started with an Estes V2 flying on the standard
D12-3. Nice flight, and recovery to the north. Jerry loaded an AT
Astrobee-D with a G64, and after several ignition attempts finally
got the bird to fly. Ballistic flight upwind, but with perfectly
nominal recovery. Jerry followed quickly with an AT Strongarm on a
G64 with "arboreal" recovery. My Custom Bullet left the pad on a D12-
5 with streamer recovery. Lost part of the streamer, but the rocket
was undamaged. Paul Bauer's Patriot went through three ignition
cycles (with changes of ignitors) before he finally got the F52 lit.
Unfortunately, the flight ended quickly with a pretty spectacular
CATO, as the motor completely blew apart mid-boost, and the bottom
portion of the Patriot went with it. Make sure AT gets that one back
Paul! Barry Lynch put his LOC (what else...) Hi-Tech up on an H128
for a _way_ high flight, and recovery on the field.

Jerry put an Estes Seahawk up on an E18 for a great flight, followed
by Craig Lent with an Estes Big Daddy on a D12. Perfect flight.
This launch did, in fact, recognize a "first" for the MTMA! Tracy
Laux, MTMA's "Official Observer" actually flew his first rocket!
Tracy's Estes Astro-Cam left the pad on a C6-7 for a perfect flight,
and probably a nice picture of the north field! Good job Trace!
Tracy put an Estes Mity-Mite up next on an A10-3T for a perfect
flight, and lawndart recovery. <g>

Dave Waner's LOC Forte _blazed_ off the pad on a G33, followed by
Mark Recktenwald flying his newly acquired Emmanuel Avionics IA-X96
integrating accelerometer on Bubba (1/2 Big Bertha) utilizing an AT
D13-7 RMS for power. Barry "I own the company!" Lynch upped the
stakes with his LOC Hi-Tech on an I161! BAM! Off the pad she went!
Waaaaay up there! Barry recovered his bird on the field! Dave Waner
put up an Astro-Cam next on a C6-7, followed quickly by the author's
Estes Phoenix on its favorite motor, the AT E18-4W. Arrow straight,
NOISY flight, and perfect recovery.

As the sun continued to rise, the ground continued to thaw, and we
soon found ourselves slopping around through mud that was anywhere
from 4 to 8 inches deep. If it would've been about 60 degrees
warmer, we could've recreated Woodstock!

The children loved it, but many of the smaller ones would become
stuck, and have to be freed by an adult. <bg> Several boots were
claimed by the mud onslaught, and as the day continued on, literally
everyone, and everything became coated with a thick layer of wet clay!

<bg>

Cars entering, and exiting the rangehead looked like military
vehicles that had engaged the enemy.

Rocketeers began spending an inordinate amount of time picking mud
out of recovered models, and brainstroming elaborate recovery schemes
in order to catch the model in mid air... before it became mummified
in the thick goop. <g>

Paul was up first in the second round with his heavily fortified
Saturn V (LOC tubes, motor mount) flying on a G80. Beautiful, "non-
scale-like" boost <bg> and recovered on the field. Dave Waner's Hi-
Tech was up on a G75 for a very long recovery walk. Barry flew a
38mm scratch build next on an F110 for a _way_ fast liftoff. Kevin
Leffler flew his "Glitter Gulch" on a pair of C5-3's next, and
Tracy's Astrocam went up yet again on another C6-7.

Don put an Estes Shadow up on an E18 for a very nice flight. Kevin
Leffler's Fat Boy left the pad on a C6-5. Kevin then launched
the "special" Fat Boy (his ol' man glassed the heck out of it ;) on
an E15-4 for a way high flight. Paul's THOY Phoenix was up next on
an H128 for an arrow straight, and "whistling" flight! <bg> Craig's
LOC Lil' Nuke was _gone_ (literally) on a G80, and Tracy followed yet
again with the Astrocam. Bad luck this time, as the good ol' RTF
finally expierenced a seperation. Dunno if the camera was recovered.

Mark's Estes AMRAAM left the pad on a C6-5, and he wowed the crowd
with his Shadow-5 on a D12-5 core with two C6-5 outboards... what a
nice rocket! Joe Lemermeier, caving in to constant badgering,
brought his _beautiful_ scratch-built Vostok out to the pad. Powered
by an I357, and ready for dual deployment, the countdown was
issued... Beautiful, perfectly straight up flight, with a deployment
of the drogue at apogee. We waited, and waited as the rocket
descended on drogue, but unfortunately, the main never fired. The
model was damaged, but repairable.

Kevin Leffler set the "top fuel" Fat Boy loose on an E15-4 for
another great flight, and Paul Bauer let the THOY Phoenix fly on an
H180 for another spectacular flight!

Mark Recktenwald flew the Bubba/Altimeter combination again, this
time on a uniquely CHAD staged configuration, a C6-0/(2)A8-3's to a
B6-6. He was able to present good CG/CP and stability data, so we
let him fly. Excellent, straight boost, and perfect deployment. The
author's trusty AT Strongarm took off next on a G33J for a beautiful
flight, and perfect (albeit with another cracked fin) recovery on the
field. Mike Leffler flew his PML Sudden Rush next, complete with
dual deployment, and recovered the model on one of the frozen "lakes"
out in the field. The Glitter Gulch was up again, and Mike followed
with his LOC Stovi on a G75M for power.

The Leffler's "stock" Fat Boy flew on a D12-3 with Mark flying Bubba
yet again on his patented CHAD staging method using a C6-0/(2)C6-3's
staged to a C6-7 for another perfect flight. Joe Lemermeier finished
the day with twin flights of his Estes Yellow Jacket on B6-4's, and
the author finished things up with my Estes Phoenix on a final E18-4W.

The mud was excruciating at this point, but luckily, with several
club members helping the "2WD" folks out, we didn't have any stuck
cars.

_Everything_ was covered with mud tho'. Tables, chairs, rockets,
range equipment, etc.

Nevertheless, it was a ball! It was good to finally get out and fly
a few!

After returning home with the family, I sadly observed our trusty GMC
Safari AWD in the driveway, and decided that the thing certainly
wasn't going in the garage with half a ton of mud on it. The current
temperature was 20 degrees. Out comes the powerwasher... on goes the
hot water and, <insert Tim Allen sig> YEEHA! The mud was falling off
in bowling ball sized chunks! After working on the van for about
half an hour, it looked pretty decent. Then, I spy the kid's boots,
gloves, and coats. My wife's and my boots were completely
encapsulated with mud... Oh, what the heck. I line everything up
against the side of the house, "firing squad" style, and... YAAAAA!!!
10 minutes later, everything was spiffy clean! 10 minutes after
that, they were frozen to the driveway.

Gawd, I _love_ my pressure washer!

Spring's not far off guys!

Tod


locked Re: LAUNCH REPORT! MTMA #15 Our first in the new millenium, or, "MUDROC EAST"!

Barry Lynch <belynch@...>
 

Thanks for not mentioning the J350 V2 flight that rod whipped the lugs
off.....I did recover it in the trees and it is fine (except for the bare
paper where the launch lug was) Guess we say 1/2" rod for a reason......next
launch will be J570 so I may hook up some rail guides.
barry

----- Original Message -----
From: <m_reckt@...>
To: <MTMA@...>
Sent: Wednesday, February 14, 2001 2:00 PM
Subject: [MTMA] LAUNCH REPORT! MTMA #15! Our first in the new millenium, or,
"MUDROC EAST"!


The hard rocking rocket scientists of the Mantua Township Missile
Agency awoke Sunday morning, February 11th, to brisk temperatures,
blue skies, and _calm_ conditions! Having all gone off our
medication simultaneously, and not having flown since November of
last year, we cracked, and MUDROC EAST was hatched!

Location: Pioneer Trail field, Mantua Township, NE Ohio
41d 17m 45s N, 81d 16m 27s West
Conditions: Blue sky, few clouds, winds extremely light from the N,
NE. Temps running in the middle 20's

Wow, weird winter we're having here in NE Ohio, huh? I checked the
field on Friday afternoon during the downright "Key West" like
weather we were having... almost 70! Our "water hazard" was back,
and the field was moderately muddy. Friday night changed
everything. We must've had 3" of rain, and the temps dropped down
into the 'teens. It snowed Saturday, and I checked the field again
on Saturday evening for a last minute "go, or no go" decision.
The "water hazard" was now a lake, with a portion of our access road
under water. Everything seemed to be frozen, tho', so I went
for "go".

The "fun" began during the launch...

In attendance were the author and family, Mark Recktenwald, Tracy
Laux and his entourage, Paul Bauer, Mike Leffler and his son, Jerry
(mumble), the esteemed Barry Lynch, of LOC Precision, Craig Lent, and
David Waner. Mike Fralick, Don (mumble), and Joe Lemermeier of
Tripoli NE Ohio #3 were hangin', and flyin' too!

45 flights! 1/4A to I impulse!

Paul Bauer got things started with an Estes V2 flying on the standard
D12-3. Nice flight, and recovery to the north. Jerry loaded an AT
Astrobee-D with a G64, and after several ignition attempts finally
got the bird to fly. Ballistic flight upwind, but with perfectly
nominal recovery. Jerry followed quickly with an AT Strongarm on a
G64 with "arboreal" recovery. My Custom Bullet left the pad on a D12-
5 with streamer recovery. Lost part of the streamer, but the rocket
was undamaged. Paul Bauer's Patriot went through three ignition
cycles (with changes of ignitors) before he finally got the F52 lit.
Unfortunately, the flight ended quickly with a pretty spectacular
CATO, as the motor completely blew apart mid-boost, and the bottom
portion of the Patriot went with it. Make sure AT gets that one back
Paul! Barry Lynch put his LOC (what else...) Hi-Tech up on an H128
for a _way_ high flight, and recovery on the field.

Jerry put an Estes Seahawk up on an E18 for a great flight, followed
by Craig Lent with an Estes Big Daddy on a D12. Perfect flight.
This launch did, in fact, recognize a "first" for the MTMA! Tracy
Laux, MTMA's "Official Observer" actually flew his first rocket!
Tracy's Estes Astro-Cam left the pad on a C6-7 for a perfect flight,
and probably a nice picture of the north field! Good job Trace!
Tracy put an Estes Mity-Mite up next on an A10-3T for a perfect
flight, and lawndart recovery. <g>

Dave Waner's LOC Forte _blazed_ off the pad on a G33, followed by
Mark Recktenwald flying his newly acquired Emmanuel Avionics IA-X96
integrating accelerometer on Bubba (1/2 Big Bertha) utilizing an AT
D13-7 RMS for power. Barry "I own the company!" Lynch upped the
stakes with his LOC Hi-Tech on an I161! BAM! Off the pad she went!
Waaaaay up there! Barry recovered his bird on the field! Dave Waner
put up an Astro-Cam next on a C6-7, followed quickly by the author's
Estes Phoenix on its favorite motor, the AT E18-4W. Arrow straight,
NOISY flight, and perfect recovery.

As the sun continued to rise, the ground continued to thaw, and we
soon found ourselves slopping around through mud that was anywhere
from 4 to 8 inches deep. If it would've been about 60 degrees
warmer, we could've recreated Woodstock!

The children loved it, but many of the smaller ones would become
stuck, and have to be freed by an adult. <bg> Several boots were
claimed by the mud onslaught, and as the day continued on, literally
everyone, and everything became coated with a thick layer of wet clay!

<bg>

Cars entering, and exiting the rangehead looked like military
vehicles that had engaged the enemy.

Rocketeers began spending an inordinate amount of time picking mud
out of recovered models, and brainstroming elaborate recovery schemes
in order to catch the model in mid air... before it became mummified
in the thick goop. <g>

Paul was up first in the second round with his heavily fortified
Saturn V (LOC tubes, motor mount) flying on a G80. Beautiful, "non-
scale-like" boost <bg> and recovered on the field. Dave Waner's Hi-
Tech was up on a G75 for a very long recovery walk. Barry flew a
38mm scratch build next on an F110 for a _way_ fast liftoff. Kevin
Leffler flew his "Glitter Gulch" on a pair of C5-3's next, and
Tracy's Astrocam went up yet again on another C6-7.

Don put an Estes Shadow up on an E18 for a very nice flight. Kevin
Leffler's Fat Boy left the pad on a C6-5. Kevin then launched
the "special" Fat Boy (his ol' man glassed the heck out of it ;) on
an E15-4 for a way high flight. Paul's THOY Phoenix was up next on
an H128 for an arrow straight, and "whistling" flight! <bg> Craig's
LOC Lil' Nuke was _gone_ (literally) on a G80, and Tracy followed yet
again with the Astrocam. Bad luck this time, as the good ol' RTF
finally expierenced a seperation. Dunno if the camera was recovered.

Mark's Estes AMRAAM left the pad on a C6-5, and he wowed the crowd
with his Shadow-5 on a D12-5 core with two C6-5 outboards... what a
nice rocket! Joe Lemermeier, caving in to constant badgering,
brought his _beautiful_ scratch-built Vostok out to the pad. Powered
by an I357, and ready for dual deployment, the countdown was
issued... Beautiful, perfectly straight up flight, with a deployment
of the drogue at apogee. We waited, and waited as the rocket
descended on drogue, but unfortunately, the main never fired. The
model was damaged, but repairable.

Kevin Leffler set the "top fuel" Fat Boy loose on an E15-4 for
another great flight, and Paul Bauer let the THOY Phoenix fly on an
H180 for another spectacular flight!

Mark Recktenwald flew the Bubba/Altimeter combination again, this
time on a uniquely CHAD staged configuration, a C6-0/(2)A8-3's to a
B6-6. He was able to present good CG/CP and stability data, so we
let him fly. Excellent, straight boost, and perfect deployment. The
author's trusty AT Strongarm took off next on a G33J for a beautiful
flight, and perfect (albeit with another cracked fin) recovery on the
field. Mike Leffler flew his PML Sudden Rush next, complete with
dual deployment, and recovered the model on one of the frozen "lakes"
out in the field. The Glitter Gulch was up again, and Mike followed
with his LOC Stovi on a G75M for power.

The Leffler's "stock" Fat Boy flew on a D12-3 with Mark flying Bubba
yet again on his patented CHAD staging method using a C6-0/(2)C6-3's
staged to a C6-7 for another perfect flight. Joe Lemermeier finished
the day with twin flights of his Estes Yellow Jacket on B6-4's, and
the author finished things up with my Estes Phoenix on a final E18-4W.

The mud was excruciating at this point, but luckily, with several
club members helping the "2WD" folks out, we didn't have any stuck
cars.

_Everything_ was covered with mud tho'. Tables, chairs, rockets,
range equipment, etc.

Nevertheless, it was a ball! It was good to finally get out and fly
a few!

After returning home with the family, I sadly observed our trusty GMC
Safari AWD in the driveway, and decided that the thing certainly
wasn't going in the garage with half a ton of mud on it. The current
temperature was 20 degrees. Out comes the powerwasher... on goes the
hot water and, <insert Tim Allen sig> YEEHA! The mud was falling off
in bowling ball sized chunks! After working on the van for about
half an hour, it looked pretty decent. Then, I spy the kid's boots,
gloves, and coats. My wife's and my boots were completely
encapsulated with mud... Oh, what the heck. I line everything up
against the side of the house, "firing squad" style, and... YAAAAA!!!
10 minutes later, everything was spiffy clean! 10 minutes after
that, they were frozen to the driveway.

Gawd, I _love_ my pressure washer!

Spring's not far off guys!

Tod




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locked Re: LAUNCH REPORT! MTMA #15 Our first in the new millenium, or, "MUDROC EAST"!

Tod Hilty
 

At 02:30 PM 2/14/01 -0500, you wrote:
Thanks for not mentioning the J350 V2 flight that rod whipped the lugs
off.....
Crap Barry! I'm sorry! I composed the thing so fast, I think I missed a
few flights. Not that your's wasn't sufficiently spectacular, or anything..

<bg>

I did recover it in the trees and it is fine (except for the bare
paper where the launch lug was)
Aha! So that's what happened!

Guess we say 1/2" rod for a reason......next
launch will be J570 so I may hook up some rail guides.
Glad you got it back! FWIW, I just purchased one of those spiffy "rope
operated chainsaw like" thingys from Northern. It should make our tree
recoveries a bit easier in the future!

Tod


locked Re: LAUNCH REPORT! MTMA #15 Our first in the new millenium, or, "MUDROC EAST"!

Joe Angelucci
 

Hello Guys,

I couldn't help reading all the emails, and wished we
could have enjoyed the fun (and mud) with everyone.
The good news is that my brother (Mike) as well as 3
other friends (John T, George L, and Chuck (whom you
haven't met)), are all working on kits, and scratch
builds, and we're looking forward to joining you in
the near future. I also have a few new surprises to
fly. Hopefully i'll be able to get a launch in before
the end of march, after that i'll be out west (vegas
and California) for 5 weeks. I'll be launching with a
friend in vegas; we go out to the sand dunes, which is
a pretty cool place to launch (it's also down the
desert a stretch from Nellis Air Force Base, so we get
to watch the test flights at the same time). Take care
till next time....Joe Angelucci
--- Hilty Information Systems <blankreg@...>
wrote:
At 02:30 PM 2/14/01 -0500, you wrote:
Thanks for not mentioning the J350 V2 flight that
rod whipped the lugs
off.....
Crap Barry! I'm sorry! I composed the thing so
fast, I think I missed a
few flights. Not that your's wasn't sufficiently
spectacular, or anything..

<bg>

I did recover it in the trees and it is fine
(except for the bare
paper where the launch lug was)
Aha! So that's what happened!

Guess we say 1/2" rod for a reason......next
launch will be J570 so I may hook up some rail
guides.

Glad you got it back! FWIW, I just purchased one of
those spiffy "rope
operated chainsaw like" thingys from Northern. It
should make our tree
recoveries a bit easier in the future!

Tod


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