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Old 12-23-2008, 12:48 PM
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Nice pictures, Fred. Looks like you've had fun with the Dude.
I've attached a few of the pictures from our Dude below.
Looking back, it probably should have been obvious
that the desert thorns and brambles would be an issue
for a rocket made from a balloon. Ah well, live and learn,
we bought it for $6 on Ebay. In the video from the GHS 2006
flight, you can hear someone yelling, "It's gonna pop when
it hits the ground out here! Catch it!!" I still get a chuckle
out of that.

We had fun with the Dude and will fly it yet again (from a
grassy park) as soon as I buy another one.

Happy holidays, Jeff


Very Cool!!! I need to get one for the kid 'WOW' factor alone! I do demos for my son's school, and they would get quite a kick out of it!
I guess I better get one or two!
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Old 12-23-2008, 03:10 PM
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Great, now i want one!
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Old 12-23-2008, 03:51 PM
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There was one at one of our Hobby Lobby several years ago; I had an eye on buying it at a later time. But when that "time" came, the store had done a revamping of the display and
the Dude was no longer there . I had seen an inflated Dude at one of our local rocket launch around that time, and have to say I was impressed by the size and appearance of
that thing. The rocket's owner didn't fly it that day, so I didn't get the chance to see it fly.
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Old 12-23-2008, 07:42 PM
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I wonder if anyone has done a duration contest with it-filled with helium?
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Old 12-23-2008, 07:57 PM
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I wonder if anyone has done a duration contest with it-filled with helium?


Alas, the stupid thing is heavy enough (the nose ring has 4 huge brass weights for stability) that even helium wouldn't make a difference in its lack of buoyancy.

At NARAM-49 my daughter flew one for E Stupidroc. It seems designed to cause small burn holes in the back end of the bag from ignition, so once flown it began to lose some air. By the time we brought it back, it definitely needed a little blue pill.
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Old 12-23-2008, 08:33 PM
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I bought a "distributor's" block of 4 of them off Ebay for $22. I kept one for myself just for the weird factor; its still in the box. I gave one to a kid from my club who was VERY helpful in dealing with younger kids in a museum class and at a launch where we had a lot of very young kids show up and I put the other 2 in my club's prize kitty where they have yet to be claimed.

The one I gave to Spikey (the helpful kid from my club) is the only one I have seen put together. He tried to fly it at the club launch where all the young kids showed up but was always defeated by the gusting winds which would wreak havoc. That was in July. I've still never seen one of the things fly.

One of these day's I suppose I'll put mine together and give it a try. I wonder how it would perform with an AT reload...some how I think it would be easy to track...
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Old 12-24-2008, 11:38 AM
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I wonder how it would perform with an AT reload...some how I think it would be easy to track...


Saw one fly on an F24 RMS once. And ONCE is the operative word here.

The thrust caused the rocket to essentially turn itself inside out...
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Saw one fly on an F24 RMS once. And ONCE is the operative word here.

The thrust caused the rocket to essentially turn itself inside out...


Do you think that with a lower thrust reload, say an F12, the result would have been worthwhile?
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Nice pictures, Fred. Looks like you've had fun with the Dude.
I've attached a few of the pictures from our Dude below.
Looking back, it probably should have been obvious
that the desert thorns and brambles would be an issue
for a rocket made from a balloon. Ah well, live and learn,
we bought it for $6 on Ebay. In the video from the GHS 2006
flight, you can hear someone yelling, "It's gonna pop when
it hits the ground out here! Catch it!!" I still get a chuckle
out of that.

We had fun with the Dude and will fly it yet again (from a
grassy park) as soon as I buy another one.

Happy holidays, Jeff



Hey, Jeff. I have one still in the box! You are welcome to it.

Man, I would have loved to see that thing turn itself inside out during thrust! I may have to put one of mine together just to do that.
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Just wondering how Estes came up with the name for that model...

I have never seen one, except in pictures in the web. When it is under thrust, does it fly like more like a rocket or more like a blimp?

I believe that The Dude was the only model rocket ever produced that came with instructions stating that the launch pad consisted of a rod stuck in the ground.

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