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Re: Williams "Wildfire" Westernationals 2012

Posted: Sun Jun 03, 2012 8:56 pm
by PK
OverTheTop wrote:No reports from WWW yet. :!: :?: The forum has gone quiet.

I guess they are having too much fun launching too many high power rockets! :D

Either that or the internet hasn't made it to WA yet...


PS I don't thing there is anything such as "too many high-power rockets"!

Or perhaps we just haven't sobered up enough to type.

Many, many great flights lots-o-gps/rdf assisted retrievals. Much fun being had by all!

Re: Williams "Wildfire" Westernationals 2012

Posted: Sun Jun 03, 2012 11:56 pm
by Space Mark
Just while i'm editing pictures.. and remember,

Blake, your sparky M was leaking smoke out the front before it even cleared the rail...

Re: Williams "Wildfire" Westernationals 2012

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:45 am
by Space Mark
Well, my photos are finally all uploaded:
http://www.markhphoto.com.au/Rocketry/W ... &k=FChvmjX

A few highlights:
The whole crowd:
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Drew's... whatever it was, PK called it Purdy Lips.
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The alien, with the alien...
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CGN's very sparky M:
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Blake's very sparky M:
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Ending in similar fashion to Dave's...
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Nik's very sparky M... also with similar results:
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Interesting mode of transport... the rocket car!
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Drew probably wont want to talk to me after this picture, but this is him with his bullpuppy. He think's it's fabulous
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But DAMN, that thing went off FAST!
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Mark Haslam launched a two stager...
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This was a fantastic looking rocket.. not sure who it belonged to:
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Chris did war upon the sound barrier, melting all his paint, winning the Mach Madness contest, and also gaining his L2 cert (you'll remember he gained his L1 cert with a Mach Madness entry last year):
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Not sure who's rocket this was:
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This was the hexagonal bodied rocket:
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I launched my rocket... however didn't get any very good photos of it. If you got some good photos of Tarryn's or My rocket please PM me!
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And with a successful recovery gained a L1 cert.

The crazy L3 hybrid rocket car left the car behind and screamed into the sky:
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A successful L3 cert was achieved with what was considered the ugliest rocket of the day!

I don't remember this guy's name, but he gained his L1 cert with this rocket painted PK Orange:
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I believe my Fiancee Tarryn was the only woman firing a rocket on the day:
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She too gained her L1 certification, and took out the Mach Madness contest for L1 fliers (as the only entry, with a blazing subsonic speed of 363km/h)

Our Mach Madness winners won CTI starter sets for the level they entered into:
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I think everyone will agree with me that it was a fantastic weekend with some amazing company!

Re: Williams "Wildfire" Westernationals 2012

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:11 am
by Passaretti
Great pictures Mark!

CAN'T WAIT to hear the stories behind the carnage!

Re: Williams "Wildfire" Westernationals 2012

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 12:21 pm
by Sumo310
Some very interesting Killer Gorilla flights!

What was the overall mach record?

Is that Norm's L3 rocket? Agreed,its FUGLY as sin, but a great result. Congratulations to all those who certified

Re: Williams "Wildfire" Westernationals 2012

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 12:38 pm
by OverTheTop
That sparky load looks spectacular!

Re: Williams "Wildfire" Westernationals 2012

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 12:52 pm
by cha05cat
It looks like there was some exciting flights!

Uh oh spaghettios! --- WTF happened Nic?

Re: Williams "Wildfire" Westernationals 2012

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 5:53 pm
by ROCKet STAR
Yet another fantastic weekend at Williams, a big than you once again to Mel, Dave and the Tripoli WA crew for putting on such a brilliant weekend. So many spectacular flights... Can't wait till the next one!


Sumo310 wrote:
What was the overall mach record?




In the end the it was just between me and Drew, and I only just beat him with Mach 1.66. Drew reckons he'll get me back next year... :lol:

Re: Williams "Wildfire" Westernationals 2012

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 5:54 pm
by Space Mark
You never know Chris, Tarryn might go for L2 next year, and she might enter again!

Re: Williams "Wildfire" Westernationals 2012

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:37 pm
by Grejoh
cha05cat wrote:It looks like there was some exciting flights!

Uh oh spaghettios! --- WTF happened Nic?



Always wondered what a L3 lawn dart looked like! No more guessing now! Sorry to see that happen though! Still no matter what level you fly at, you cant defeat the laws of physics! What goes up, must come down (one way or another!). :D

Re: Williams "Wildfire" Westernationals 2012

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 7:05 pm
by Sumo310
Scratch my previous comment about Gorillas, those motors behaved like animals!

Re: Williams "Wildfire" Westernationals 2012

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:01 pm
by CATO
I would like to thank Scoop, the Farmers representive and Deano for their commentment to this event. It was great!!! I look forward to next year.

Re: Williams "Wildfire" Westernationals 2012

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:08 pm
by Scoop1261
Yep..... Great weekend of flights!
As a matter of fact I have not long ago walked in the door from getting back from Williams.

In fairness, the analysis of failure has not necessarily been completed on the 3 Gorilla M1565BL's yet, but suffice to say they certainly are as close to the old AMW Skidmarks that you are going to see. The noise, the colour and the amount of sparkiness is remarkable!

Not one of the three rockets flown in the Gorilla M1565BL drag race failed because of construction, and none of them separated prematurely because of preparedness, it would appear that a small hole in the forward closure (primarily for attaching a transducer in testing) was not plugged and may have led to leakage through the forward closure.

None of the three motor hardware appears to be inordinately damaged, but further investigation will be required.

Some of the other great flights that are not depicted in the photos include the mighty 10" Sledgehammer on an N2000W, Drew's firestorm on a CTI L1030 Red lighting, Sean's Nike Smoke on a CTI G250 VMax, Nic's Tin Tin Rocket on a J350 plus three G64W's and FBD's Talon 2 for a successful level 2 certification on a J350W.

Speaking of certifications, there were 7 successful attempts at various levels during the course of the event, and a hearty congratulations to all.

There were also plenty of first time visitors, of which I am sure will produce a crop of new members!

I'm buggered ...... so more later!

Re: Williams "Wildfire" Westernationals 2012

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:36 pm
by Fridge-05
Not what you want too see coming at you from out of the fog early on a Saturday morning after a night on the piss...
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Yeah... I don't know either
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and the result of Steve's curious honing technique
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The Alien on something appropriately green
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After 22 shots of spitting and pussying around, this is all I got of Scoops Talonesque 6 incher
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Oh, and this...
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Then Blake and Nick crossed their fingers to acheive these launches :D
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and these recoveries :(
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Yep, even small holes can be a bit of a trap for the unsuspecting player!

Drew put his Bullpup up and a Skidmark too, which was a great looking combo
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Mark's Quantum Leap was a sight indeed
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And sooo cool to watch 8)
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FBD's Talon 2 with a surprise 38mm mount for his Level 2
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Chris's Mach Madness entry. There was just over a second of flame when the pressure arrived and then bang. :shock: It was outta here.
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Ballistic Chicken Insanity. Nothing more to say.
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This was Keith's cool little Hexagonal Rocket. Was lost in the wilderness there for a while but was found today which was nice.
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Now this rocket, for my money, was a masterpiece! Sourced from the comic book series The Adventures of Tin Tin. An upscale version is likely on the way.
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Drew's Mach Madness entry. His beloved Firestorm!
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Sean and his Nike Smoke. Sorry Sean, my pics of the launch are blurry :oops:

Re: Williams "Wildfire" Westernationals 2012

Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:56 pm
by Fridge-05
Sean (From now on known as Boots) and his Nike Smoke! Sorry Sean, my pics of the launch are blurry :oops:
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Dunno what this is but it flew... and flew... and flew... and just kept on flewing! M900? More like an M90!
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The quad copters came out for a play
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The newest member to Club L3
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This insane V2 launch in the diminishing light was a really cool flight.
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And finally, the last flight I was able to get a pic of. Nicks Sledge Hammer
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This was a really fun event. I tried to get a shot of everyone's launch but just wasn't able to pull it off. I hope everyone made it home safely and look forward to seeing you all again some time in the future.

Cheers
Fridge