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Anyone Fly Estes Model Rockets?

anyone fly estes model rockets

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#61 zzrguy


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Posted April 12 2017 - 10:14 AM

But when your 10 it fell more like this.

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#62 firemanvin


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Posted April 12 2017 - 11:00 AM

the saturn 5,i think that was supposed to be the hardest one to build,at the time from ESTES! those flying model rockets have reall

y gotten expensive and sophisicated.

When I was about maybe 12 years old one of my father's friends gave me a complete, fully built Saturn 5 that he built, but never flew.  Having no open fields nearby I got impatient and launched it on my street hoping I could track it through the neighborhood and retrieve it.  Instead it exploded on the launch pad due to a defective "D' engine.  I wrote a letter to Estes.  The customer service rep must have been a retired school teacher because she corrected my grammar in the letter and mailed me a new Saturn 5 kit.  It took me about a year to build it.  This time I figured I would do the right thing and launch it in a park, so I brought it with me to my father's annual FD picnic at Christopher Morley Park in Nassau County.


One minor issue - I couldn't get the required D13-3 engine so I substituted it for the D13-5 engine, which added 2 seconds of delay to the chute deployment.  Didn't seem like a big deal.


Well, a 2 second extra delay destroyed a year of detailed work.  The chute deployed the moment the rocket hit the ground at full speed.


And the funniest thing was that my wife was their too because her father was in the same FD as my father, but we didn't know each other then.  But she does remember the dopey kid that wrecked his rocket at that particular picnic.

Edited by firemanvin, April 12 2017 - 11:00 AM.

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