Smarties Have The Answer
Estes Silver Comet, built '98, first flown IRW '98. Damaged a fin during transit betwen
homes. Repaired and flown at
tangled and caused "zippering" of body tube, cracked a fin on landing. Repaired and
repainted completely. First flight at UKRA 2005 was perfect, second flight for an altimeter
test flight - parachute tangled up in altimeter elastic and didn't open, nose-end first impact, trashed
body tube, fin and altimeter. Fin and body tube replaced, rocket is now significantly longer.
Scratch built from two Smarties tubes and a payload bay (for Smarties, of course),
with hemispherical fins, May '05. First flight at UKRA 2005, landed hard and broke 2 fins. Repaired and
flown a second time, perfect flight. Flown twice at BK Flamer, perfect flights, entered into the OddRoc
competition and won first place. Travel damage on the return home - one torn smarties tube, should be
Into The Sunset
Estes A.R.V. Condor, double boosted gliders. Built May '05. First flight at UKRA 2005, absolutely
beautiful! Flown twice at BK Flamer on D12-3s, both perfect flights; on the second flight, one
glider caught a thermal and went back up, and took about 5 minutes to land, 2 fields away.
Scratch built from Estes box o' bits May '05. First flight at UKRA 2005, perfect! Flown twice at BK
Flamer on D12-5s, both brilliant flights, first was a sucessful MAP 2.0 task, the second landed 3
fields away and was miraculously recovered!
3-inch black pre-made rocket, tumble recovery. First flight at UKRA 2005, amazingly - recovered from
Quest Aurora, single boosted glider. Built May '05. Fluorescent green nose/tail, fading to white body;
blue fleck paint over all. First flight at UKRA 2005, completely unstable, powered into ground! Minor
neck damage, needs repair and glider modification.
Estes Renegade, 2-stage. Built at UKRA 2005, probably not stable, so didn't fly due to high winds.
After a shockingly sucessful swing test (with a lot more speed than previously) it had it's first flight
at BK Flamer on a still afternoon on D12-0 to C11-3. First stage landed heavily nose first, slight
crumpling of side tubes. Top stage would have coped on a larger motor, flew straight, recovered fine.
Sucessful Map 2.5 task!
Retired & Unrecovered
Scratch build from plastic sheets. Built and flown three times at IRW, Largs, '97. Final
flight ruptured side wall. Retired.
Estes Quark. Built, flown once and lost at IRW, Largs, '98.
Li'l Purple Thing
Estes Mosquito. Built at IRW, Largs, '98. First flight at Big EARS '05, never recovered.