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Old 03-04-2009, 08:47 AM
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Default So who is/was the most eccentric rocket designer/manufacturer?

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I happened to bring up this discussion with a fellow rocketeer a few weekends ago, and we discussed which model rocket designers where crazy yet create some very amazing designs.

One guy we both knew would epoxy 3-4 D12s together to make one mega F. Without naming names, does anyone come to mind that really stands out as cRazY in your current or past rocketry experiences.

Oh, the way he would make the F would be D12-0 glued to D12-0 reversed glued to a D12-0 glued to a D12-0 reversed, glued to a C6-7 shoved/glued down into the reversed nozzle end of the reversed D12-0. And yes, I find this to be crazy model rocketry behavior!

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Old 03-04-2009, 12:11 PM
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Korey Kline/ Ace Rocketry.

He came up with some really wild stuff which I was lucky enough to see him fly at Lucerne launches in the late 80s/early 90s.

The neat thing about what Korey designed was that most of it worked.

One fin/no fin rockets, 'I' powered monocopter, R/C controlled rockets (Not gliders).

Korey is credited by many to have produced the first 'effects' hobby rocket motors.

Very creative fellow.


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...D12-0 glued to D12-0 reversed glued to a D12-0 glued to a D12-0 reversed, glued to a C6-7 shoved/glued down into the reversed nozzle end of the reversed D12-0

Huh????????
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Old 03-04-2009, 12:39 PM
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Huh????????



DRM,

The guy would epoxy/glass motors in series (not as a cluster) and try to make even bigger (longer) motors out of small motors.

Of course what he was doing would void the manufactures warranty, and go against NAR rules!


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Old 03-04-2009, 12:44 PM
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Korey Kline/ Ace Rocketry.

He came up with some really wild stuff which I was lucky enough to see him fly at Lucerne launches in the late 80s/early 90s.

The neat thing about what Korey designed was that most of it worked.

One fin/no fin rockets, 'I' powered monocopter, R/C controlled rockets (Not gliders).

Korey is credited by many to have produced the first 'effects' hobby rocket motors.

Very creative fellow.


Bob


Bob,

I was also over at Korey's house in San Gabriel Valley back in the 80s (IIRC; one of the fog filed valleys around L.A.) and he showed me a radio controlled rocket patterned after a Sparrow Missile. The forward fins were connected to servos.

Is Korey still alive? Haven't seen or heard of him in years. Last thing I heard he had done was to fly a hybrid out of Wallops to 106K.

All those pioneers. To bad they are gone now. Two of them I know of who were dynamos in the early history of HPR are now dead; one of stroke and the other of cancer.

And where is Bruce Kelley? He was a main factor in the creation of TRA.

So many wrecks along the side of the road in our journey to personal space flight ...

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Old 03-04-2009, 12:48 PM
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Well, there was Lazlo Carpioni, whose designs were so shocking and bizarre that his employer, Guillows, eventually withdrew all the kits, hunted down and destroyed all the marketing materials, and shut down their nascent rocketry division.
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Well, there was Lazlo Carpioni, whose designs were so shocking and bizarre that his employer, Guillows, eventually withdrew all the kits, hunted down and destroyed all the marketing materials, and shut down their nascent rocketry division.


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The guy would epoxy/glass motors in series (not as a cluster)...

That part I get, but what model could he fit this "thing" into?
Any pictures that you know of?
Or was it used for static testing?

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... and go against NAR rules!

Now why do you suppose that would be?
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That part I get, but what model could he fit this "thing" into?
Any pictures that you know of?
Or was it used for static testing?


Now why do you suppose that would be?


I have one of his glued together contraptions that is still unfired and made up of Estes D13 motors. When I find it, I will post a picture. He lived in Maryland. With the type of motors, age, and violating sanity checks, i consider the arrangement to be a stick of potential dynamite and would NEVER think to place it in anything I would expect to fly.


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Old 03-04-2009, 05:02 PM
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Of the folks I've met, I'd say Rob Edmonds.

I don't think I ever met Shrox...
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