July 21 2012 picnic launch report
On the afternoon of Saturday, July 21th, MASA held a launch at the VFW soccer fields near Elk River
in concert with the annual MASA picnic.
The weather was hot and partly cloudy. The breeze was
pretty much nonexistent, and nearly all recoveries were on the
field. The launch ran from 3pm until 5pm.
Alan Estenson brought and set up a 4-position "community pad"
system. The Stenbergs set up their own launch system nearby
and got in some practice contest flights.
Thanks to Ted Cochran for performing LCO/RSO duty for the
A few of the flights:
MASA members - please send in your thoughts about the
Art Gibbens writes:
A very nice afternoon for launching rockets because there was
ample shade and lots of cool liquid refreshments between
I only put up three flights this afternoon. The first was my
brand-spanking new Kit-bash Kontest entry - the knock off
Laser-X on a B6-4. Nice flight straight up, turned over and the
ejection occurred perfectly. However the brand new parachute
stayed tightly packed and did not blossom. Still, the descent
was slowed enough that there was no damage to the rocket.
Next up was an old Estes kit that I simplified into a 4 Fin
and a Nose Cone rocket that's painted blue on a C6-5 for an
absolutely straight up flight and my shortest walk for a
recovery at about 30 to 35 yards.
Last up was my old standy-by, the Satellite Launcher on a
D12-5. Another nice high and straight flight followed by another
short walk for recovery at about 50 yards.
That's it - short and sweet.
At least two folks had a very nice potential entries for
PRANG of the year at the Holiday Party later this year. Somebody
that caught the incidentals will have to nominate them.
All in all, a very nice picnic indeed!
Jeff Taylor writes:
I too flew my Kitbash Kontest entry at the picnic to
earn the requisite bonus 1800 points. When I first started the
project I had a hard time trying to find a rocket in the 72
catalog that I wanted to try to build from the Force 5 kit, but
then I noticed one of the kids that showed up in a few pictures.
He was the typical 1972 nerd: thick glasses, button up shirt and
plaid pants. So I based my rocket on him, using the Force 5 pods
as his arms, painting plaid pants, and using the art card from
the kit to produce details like his belt, shirt and even the
thick glasses. I RockSimmed a close representation of it and the
results indicated that a C6-3 would be the best motor with an
altitude of 400', which based on the actual flight was the
I also flew my newly finished Semroc Goblin while drag-racing
my daughter Alyssa's new square NewWay Quad Goblin and Ted
Meissner's Quad Goblin - all three on D12-5's.
Alyssa also flew my Honest Goon, and then we drag-raced a few
Mini Marz Landers on A10-3T mini motors.
Alan Estenson writes:
I went mostly "retro" for my picnic flights.
2012 marks my 30th anniversary in model rocketry. I still
have the very first rocket that I ever built - an Estes "Der Big
Red Max". Except for the shock cord, it's all original. I flew
it at the picnic on a C6-5 for a great flight.
The first rocket that I ever launched, 30 years ago this
month, was an Estes "Kadet". I still have it, but it's not
airworthy any more. However, I did launch a "Kadet Klone"
replica on a B4-4 at the picnic.
I also flew a rocket that I built as a 4-H project 29 years
ago - an Estes "Nebulon Warrior". I'm not sure if I had ever
flown this rocket before; it didn't have any obvious signs of
it. It's in original condition except for the shock cord and
parachute shroud lines. It flew great on a B6-4. One fin came
loose on landing, so it'll need a little glue before going back
on the shelf.
For other flights, I flew my "MASA SPEV Saucer" on a C6-0, a
lengthened salvaged "Tall Rascal" on a C6-5, and my old
scratchbuilt triple-ring-tail "Razzle Dazzle" on a D12-5.
Full launch tally (Adobe Acrobat PDF form)
The totals were: 43 flights, 44 motors.
The cumulative total impulse was 424 Ns with an average total impulse of 9.6 Ns.
The motor breakdown follows: