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Old 01-09-2018, 09:47 AM
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Flown twice since in my care. I've yet to pop a fin, but I can see how it would be a concern.

Nice. Wish I still had one.
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Old 01-09-2018, 02:57 PM
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I'd never own a DUDE.
But once in a while one will show up at a club launch.
Everybody stops what they're doing to watch it.
Everybody gets a good laugh and the owner a round of applause.


Ooo! Ooo! I’ve got an idea! Fill the Dude up with hydrogen, power it with a D12-0, and reenact the Hindenburg’s final moments!

“FWOOM”!
“Oh the humanity!”

On second thought, it might not be a good idea.
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Old 01-09-2018, 03:33 PM
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Ooo! Ooo! I’ve got an idea! Fill the Dude up with hydrogen, power it with a D12-0, and reenact the Hindenburg’s final moments!

“FWOOM”!
“Oh the humanity!”

On second thought, it might not be a good idea.


A great idea for a night launch on July 4th.......
Make it an E12-5 instead so the ejection charge can ignite the hydrogen.....
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Old 01-09-2018, 04:19 PM
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Old 01-09-2018, 06:47 PM
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Ooo! Ooo! I’ve got an idea! Fill the Dude up with hydrogen, power it with a D12-0, and reenact the Hindenburg’s final moments!

“FWOOM”!
“Oh the humanity!”

On second thought, it might not be a good idea.



That would be the best thing to happen to The Dude!!
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Old 01-09-2018, 08:09 PM
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Nice. Wish I still had one.

I was kind of surprised to be the only bidder on this one. That's actually happened more often than not with built rockets.
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Old 01-10-2018, 02:24 AM
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"The DUDE" was perhaps the WORST idea to ever come from Estes.
Naturally that turd was during the "toy company" so-called "leadership" era there.
I'd rather try to FLY a PORTA-PAD.
An Estes Astron Spaceman (see: http://www.ninfinger.org/rockets/ca...1/711est50.html ) built to depict Mr. Tunick would be a good "expendable, first-flight-of-each-flying-session" wind-check rocket. :-) (The other [flyable] rocket on the above-linked 1971 catalog page, the Astron Birdie, would also make a nice Estes kit re-issue, for Mini Motors.)
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Old 01-10-2018, 02:59 AM
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A great idea for a night launch on July 4th.......
Make it an E12-5 instead so the ejection charge can ignite the hydrogen.....
Hmmm...while I wouldn't want a Dude myself, you've inspired another type of recovery system...instead of boost-glider (B/G), we could have boost-floater (B/F) models, which would use mostly aerostatic lift (like a balloon or an airship), rather than aerodynamic lift (like a glider or an airplane). It might be like this:

A B/F model rocket might resemble the Dude, which was rather Zeppelin-shaped (or perhaps a lifting body airship, like the Aereon 26 "Deltoid Pumpkin Seed" shape [see: http://www.theatlantic.com/technolo...iscovery/72142/ ]), but would be heavier than air with its model rocket motor(s) installed. It could be designed to be neutrally buoyant--or very nearly so--when inflated with helium, becoming slightly buoyant (for a short length of time) due to the transmitted heat from an ejection charge (using a metal or ceramic heat transmission strip) and/or from the warm spent motor case. (A type of this model which retained its spent rocket motor or motors--instead of ejecting the motor(s) or a motor pod--would be a "rocket floater" [R/F].) With either variation, as the lifting gas cooled, the model would slowly descend. Also:

Even axis-symmetrical airships such as blimps and modern Zeppelins often fly with the aid of aerodynamic lift (by flying at a slightly nose-up angle, using the hull as an airfoil); in fact, blimps very commonly utilize an airplane-like running takeoff, flying with slightly negative aerostatic lift and using aerodynamic lift to fly level at altitude (the older Zeppelins used aerodynamic lift when necessary to compensate for rain or ice loads, once they were under way). A B/F model rocket of this configuration could also slowly glide down in this way.
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