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Rocket Projects

Here you will find pics and descriptions of the rockets we have completed

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks for looking!

This is my High Power Level 2 Certification rocket. It's a scratch built (no kit) rocket that I designed. Construction began in June, 2001 and the airframe was completed in late August. I was deciding how to finish the rocket when the events of 9/11 rocked the nation. I immediately opted for a military scheme and painted it to resemble an Air Force missile. The rocket bears the serial number 9112001. It flies on 38mm or 54mm diameter ammonium perchlorate composite propellant motors and will reach altitudes from 1200 to 5000 feet. Recovery system is a 75 inch diameter rip stop nylon parachute. To date, this rocket has launched and successfully recovered 7 times.

The timeless Estes Interceptor. I bought my first one when I was a kid. This is my 3rd Interceptor - just completed in mid December 2009. First flight was in April at our first SMASH launch of 2010.

Here is the 3X Upscale Interceptor. This one is all scratch built - no kit. Click Here to see pictures and descriptions of the project.

This is my son's 2 Stage rocket called the Taser Twin. This one is a two stage rocket. First flight scheduled for April 18th - if the weather is good.

This one is called the Sentinel. It's a 4 inch diameter 82 inch long screamer. I did my High Power Level 1 certification with this one using an H123 motor. It really rips off the launch pad on an I211 and will do about 2300 feet !

Another one of my sons called the Converter. This one can be flown in 3 different configurations. Each yellow band along its lenth is a threaded coupler. The rocket comes apart at these couplers and can be shortened to 2 sections or lenthened to all 4 sections as shown here.

This is my latest Mean Machine. This is also one of my favorite Estes rockets. It is 6 feet tall but weighs less than 6 ounces. This is my 3rd MM. This is a new design that separates into 2 sections for easier transport. It also has a re-deigned engine mount to fly on the new Estes E motors as well as the original D motors.

This one is called the Bull Pup. A semi-scale model of a US military missile. Flys very well on A or B motors and flys out of site on a C motor.

This one is my son's Cosmic Cobra. He has put quite a few flights on this one. The nose cone was designed to helicopter it's way back down while the body recovered on a 12 inch parachute. The helicopter nose cone was destroyed in a rare motor CATO (acronym for Catastrophic Failure) so now both sections recover via parachute.

This is another one of my son's rockets. It's called the Flash. This one is a very light weight rocket that flies out of site even on B motors. It recovers via streamer so you have a good chance of getting it back. If you look closely, you will see a darkened area at the bottom of the body tube. This rocket also suffered a minor motor malfunction which burned the tube and motor mout. It also melted the glue on one of the fins. This one is no longer airworthy so my son uses it to show other kids.

This one is called the Quark. Much like it's atomic namesake, once the motor ignites, this one becomes invisible. It is so small it does not need a parachute or streamer. It ejects the motor at apogee and tumbles back to the ground.

This one is a semi-scale model of the Raytheon Patriot Missile. It's a great Estes kit that flies well on B and C motors.

This one is another classic Estes kit - the Big Bertha. These have been around since I was a kid but for some reason I never built one until this one. Flies great on C motors.

This is my son's Baby Bertha - a scaled down version of the big one. Flies great and looks great too !

This one is another upscale version of a classic Estes kit from the 70's. It's called the Cherokee D and was one of the first Estes kits to use the 24 MM D engines. I always wanted one of these when I was a kid but they were hard to find and the engines even back then were expensive. The kit has been out of production for years but thanks to the Internet I was able to find all the information I needed to build a larger version. Mine is called the Cherokee G because it will fly on 29 MM APCP motors. The graphics I did myself using Monokote trim strips. Just need to clearcoat it once the weather warms up and add the motor retainier hardware. Should be ready to fly at our first 2011 launch April 9th.

This one is called the Astro 1 from Semroc. Alex built this one himself and finished it using magic marker. This one and 2 others he got for free during a NAR membership drive last year. Several rocket manufacturers provided free items to all new members.

This one is called the Myboid. This will be Alex's second one - the corn ate his first one last Summer. I have one as well. It's a great rocket for B or C streamer / parachute duration.

This is one of two rocket gliders I have for our regional meets this Summer as well as NARAM 53 in Cincinnati in July. This one is a slide wing glider and I downloaded the plans from the NAR website. At launch the wing is held in the aft position by a piece of cotton thread that terminates through two holes in the forward end of the engine pod. When the ejection charge fires it burns the thread and a rubber band pulls the wing forward on the slide rail to a stop block as shown in the picture. In this configuration it is balanced properly to glide. It will use C motors for this years competitions. I am also working on a kit from QCR that is also a slide wing.

This is Alex's rocket called the Penetrator. This was another free kit from the NAR membership drive.

This is also a competition glider called the Swift. This one is called a boost glider. The rocket is carried to apogee by a boost pod attached by a wood hook. At motor ejection the recoil caused by the nose cone being blown out by the ejection charge seperates the pod which recovers via a streamer. The glider is now free of the pod and glides to recovery. It's a very efficient design. I flew one last Summer in a B motor duration contest. On my second flight I caught a good thermal and it flew away. The trackers lost sight at just over 4 minutes which earned me first place and a blue ribbon. This one is a replacement glider only kit - the pod is the original from last Summers kit.

This one is called the Triton and Alex built this one at our last SMASH build session on March 20th.