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by Ptommy
Wed Apr 01, 2015 9:45 pm
Forum: Thunda Down Under 2015
Topic: Who cert’ed at THUNDA?
Replies: 26
Views: 4469

Re: Who cert’ed at THUNDA?

For #12 in the list, that was a J335, not a J355. I know, the J335 is my all-time favorite motor. I certed my own L2 with that. And I flew one at ARTDU as well!
Tom
by Ptommy
Wed Apr 01, 2015 4:01 am
Forum: Thunda Down Under 2015
Topic: Who cert’ed at THUNDA?
Replies: 26
Views: 4469

Re: Who cert’ed at THUNDA?

And if you cert under the NAR, we send you a cert level pin for your new cert level, along with a new membership card showing your cert level, for free (or at least I think the international shipping is free!). Or you can buy your NAR pin (yes, I had a hand in the design) from NARTS, via the nar.org...
by Ptommy
Wed Apr 01, 2015 3:52 am
Forum: News & Events
Topic: NarCon
Replies: 6
Views: 1123

Re: NarCon

And if y'all need any more information or feedback on our NARCON annual event, let me know. I've presented a talk "Cheap Rocketry", created a Jeopardy-based PC game for attendees to play, and attended about 8-9 of these events now. The last NARCON in Seattle was a great event around the Se...
by Ptommy
Tue Mar 31, 2015 4:45 am
Forum: Thunda Down Under 2015
Topic: Missing in Action
Replies: 31
Views: 4928

Re: Missing in Action

I lost my Bullpuppy (38mm) that was my final flight on Sunday, in the field on the far side of the camping area from the launch site. (Not sure North/South directions) Painted (American) school bus yellow, and flew with an orange (IIRC) chute on a green CTI reload. Tried for a couple hours to walk t...
by Ptommy
Wed Feb 18, 2015 6:33 am
Forum: How's the Weather..?
Topic: Australian food! (A "furriner's" perspective & appreciation)
Replies: 13
Views: 1434

Re: Australian food! (A "furriner's" perspective & appreciat

I'm intrigued by this thread, as I'm from South Florida, have a Cuban step-grandmother (mmmmm, the food!) and am very interested in trying most things (vegemite?!?) Australian. While I prefer the nooks and crannies of the American English muffin (Thomas's), I have had crumpets and scones and baking ...
by Ptommy
Wed Feb 18, 2015 6:18 am
Forum: Rocketry Control Room
Topic: Scale data books (links)
Replies: 8
Views: 1500

Re: Scale data books (links)

As a former NARTS Chairman, I wasn't aware of any of this either. I could even bring along copies in my luggage if anyone wants them at cost (no shipping). Not sure how many I can fit, but my second luggage bag to Thunda is only three mid-power rockets and some fly-it, take-it rockets, so I'll bet t...
by Ptommy
Mon Feb 09, 2015 11:40 pm
Forum: Thunda Down Under 2015
Topic: Thunda Down Under 2015 Banquet SOLD OUT!
Replies: 4
Views: 1200

Re: Thunda Down Under 2015 Banquet SOLD OUT!

I just posted to my FB page about this great news. This will truly be a great experience! My wife and I were just talking about the event and which rockets to bring, even test-fitting various rockets into our luggage. I would so love to bring my SA-Archer along that I just built and used for my L2, ...
by Ptommy
Mon Feb 09, 2015 11:26 pm
Forum: News & Events
Topic: thunda down under camping
Replies: 39
Views: 4846

Re: thunda down under camping

Oooh! Cider! Gotta get me some, esp. if the Meandarra Motel/Cafe doesn't have it! Love me some cider! Here I drink Magners, Strongbow and some Angry Orchard. And the Magners Pear Ale is really good too.
Tom
by Ptommy
Fri Feb 06, 2015 1:07 am
Forum: Mid/High Powered Rocketry
Topic: L1 - MADCOW Torrent 102mm
Replies: 45
Views: 7961

Re: L1 - MADCOW Torrent 102mm

Regarding 38mm versus 29mm, I find that I go by thrust to weight ratios first, and the type of propellant second, and a total disregard for 38mm or 29mm. There may be slight weight differences in the two diameters, but it's easy to pick a motor closer to 100% of its class to get more performance tha...
by Ptommy
Thu Feb 05, 2015 3:08 am
Forum: Thunda Down Under 2015
Topic: Best Souvenir Rocket
Replies: 3
Views: 1021

Re: Best Souvenir Rocket

I have to say that I was so glad that I just happened into a belt sander recently! A fellow rocketeer was moving and unloaded his heavy and bulky items to others in our club, and I got his belt sander! It certainly reduced the time for hand-sanding, and made the fins look much more similar than I ev...
by Ptommy
Thu Feb 05, 2015 3:02 am
Forum: Mid/High Powered Rocketry
Topic: L1 - MADCOW Torrent 102mm
Replies: 45
Views: 7961

Re: L1 - MADCOW Torrent 102mm

PVA glue vs epoxy: Most of my rockets used PVA and it has proven itself on wood/cardboard well. You can use epoxy if you like, maybe adding some fillers (I use Q-Cell microballoons) when you need to make fillets. I am now transitioning to fiberglass rockets and use epoxy exclusively. CTI/AT: I fly ...
by Ptommy
Wed Feb 04, 2015 3:08 am
Forum: Thunda Down Under 2015
Topic: Best Souvenir Rocket
Replies: 3
Views: 1021

Best Souvenir Rocket

So I'm just done building my two Nike Smoke's. One (I'm going to try to add a pic) is by Cosmodrome Rocketry, the other is the more common Estes Pro-Series 2 version. I have to admit, I've never had to cut my own TTW fin slots before! So I want to bring along a rocket to have everyone sign there, so...
by Ptommy
Wed Feb 04, 2015 2:50 am
Forum: Thunda Down Under 2015
Topic: Southern Cross Rocketry's Fly It / Take It event
Replies: 16
Views: 3267

Re: Southern Cross Rocketry's Fly It / Take It event

I am SO pumped! Not sure I'll be able to sleep the whole time I'm there! :) I'm eagerly following every thread, from slang videos to driving on the "wrong" side of the road. In fact, that's what worries me the most, having driven literally hundreds of thousands if not millions of miles her...
by Ptommy
Tue Feb 03, 2015 4:11 am
Forum: Thunda Down Under 2015
Topic: Where to Find, What to Bring!?!
Replies: 9
Views: 1819

Re: Where to Find, What to Bring!?!

Guess they'll get some business from us! I'm still curious what might be considered a delicacy or something you've eaten either in America or from America that can't be found Down Under. I know I found the "true Philly" cheesesteak to be terrible in Colorado, but Colorado buffalo jerky can...
by Ptommy
Tue Feb 03, 2015 4:00 am
Forum: Thunda Down Under 2015
Topic: Southern Cross Rocketry's Fly It / Take It event
Replies: 16
Views: 3267

Re: Southern Cross Rocketry's Fly It / Take It event

I encourage anything that will help the new/young rocketeer with the model. I love to see what the MASA section (Minnesota) does, with a paper rolled up and stuck in the motor opening, with everything from the suggested engines (remember that it calls for A/B/C 18mm engines), to the builders name an...

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