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Old 04-11-2013, 08:55 PM
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That's just a testament to their durability, though to be honest, that one has been retired after one other subsequent flight.

For those not in on the joke, that model had flown maybe 8-10 times, never a problem. Then I had one of those days...managed to sneak away for NSL one year but could only make it for one day, so packed and prepped about 30 models for a really busy day. Got there right when they opened, but launch equipment was buggered up, took a few hours before the range was live. Then I proceeded to destroy just about everything I'd brought. Stable rockets previously flown started flying like bats on crack. Ejection charge on a reload (stock red cap) fell off, and a gorgeous QModeling Mega Vega failed to deploy, shovel recovery.

The model pictured started off OK, then arced over and buzzed over vendor row. It pranged and flew itself directly into that trash dumpster, directly behind the Fliskits tent. One of my more memorable not-quite-by-the-book recoveries.

Mario wrote the book on construction, one of these days I'm going to write the book on destruction .
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Old 04-11-2013, 09:07 PM
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Mario wrote the book on construction, one of these days I'm going to write the book on destruction .

I'll write the fire chapter.
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Old 04-11-2013, 09:12 PM
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That's just a testament to their durability, though to be honest, that one has been retired after one other subsequent flight.

For those not in on the joke, that model had flown maybe 8-10 times, never a problem. Then I had one of those days...managed to sneak away for NSL one year but could only make it for one day, so packed and prepped about 30 models for a really busy day. Got there right when they opened, but launch equipment was buggered up, took a few hours before the range was live. Then I proceeded to destroy just about everything I'd brought. Stable rockets previously flown started flying like bats on crack. Ejection charge on a reload (stock red cap) fell off, and a gorgeous QModeling Mega Vega failed to deploy, shovel recovery.

The model pictured started off OK, then arced over and buzzed over vendor row. It pranged and flew itself directly into that trash dumpster, directly behind the Fliskits tent. One of my more memorable not-quite-by-the-book recoveries. .

I had literally been out of my car for two minutes. Carl and I were chatting a few feet away from the trashcan when the horn blew for rocket over the spectator area. I looked up and saw the rocket coming down, and knew whose it was right away, having been present for most of those 8-10 previous flights. I called the picture "Nothing But Net", but as you can see, one fin caught the rim.
Chan, shouldn't you change your brag line to read "Retired Rocket Building Machine"?
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Old 06-23-2013, 03:18 AM
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You forgot one.



--If your recovery skills are not that mad, aim for the nearest dumpster.
It looks like a bit of..."Tintinabulation" (of one sort or another) was associated with it... :-)
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