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- Joined: Thu Jul 26, 2018 3:53 am
My name is Brian. I'm a middle aged nerd, no kids but still play like I am one.
I have always been fascinated by aeronautics. My parents bought me one of those Radio Shack aeronautics kits when I was a wee little one. Truth be told, it was not a very good kit, but it was my first attempt at building a traditional model rocket.
My first one that actually flew was an Estes Gremlin. I think it lasted 3 flights before the shock cord broke in midflight, with pieces all flying in different directions.
I then built a wide number, capturing an actually decent picture of a hot air balloon championship launch with my Astrocam 110 (probably my best flight ever).
I abandoned rocketry until I was in my twenties. I was volunteering for a couple of science museums/centers, as well as helping some RC plane enthusiasts do air shows for schools; They all encouraged me to get back into rocketry.
They didn't succeed.
Closest anyone came was the local science center sending me to a NASA workshop where we assembled the old U-Lock PVC launchers. I did a ton of rocketry classes for elementary school kids. When I left that city though, I only brought out the launcher on hot days to make noise and spray water.
The launcher finally broke 21 years later (last year). With a heat wave in effect here, I decided to build another launcher.
I was utterly floored at how far the sport progressed. Multi-stages, boosters, parachute ejection systems, FTC bodies (as well reinforced ones, RC boost gliders, electronic packages. Wow. Just wow.
I cheated a bit, I bought a stratolauncher IV for my launcher instead of hand-making it on my own. One of the maiden flights resulted in the immediate loss of one rocket as it sailed out of sight. Yeah, I miss-judged how far 60 pounds of pressure will get you with a gardena nozzle.
Anyway, glad I found the forum!