Question for L3 flyers

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Question for L3 flyers

Postby 03flyer » Mon Apr 09, 2018 9:34 pm

Do you remember your first rocket kit and the motor you used....and did you face any difficulties or frustration working your way up to level 3?
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Re: Question for L3 flyers

Postby crom » Tue Apr 10, 2018 1:52 pm

Centuri Buck Rogers Laser Lance on an A motor in 1980.....

Many difficulties, not many frustrations.... Blew up a few rockets along the way though...
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Re: Question for L3 flyers

Postby OverTheTop » Tue Apr 10, 2018 4:47 pm

Back in about 2007 I build a Dynastar Orion from Apogee Components:

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Lots of flights on D motors.

Followed closely by a few from Sirius Rocketry, and then into HPR :D

L3 is not that difficult, if you can research, and think, and work your way up at a rate that is appropriate for the flyer. I suppose you could do L3 without a lot of thought, but you would end up re-kitting more rockets than I would like to :wink:
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Re: Question for L3 flyers

Postby Viking » Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:15 pm

Not L3 yet, but my first was an Estes Viking, sometime during 1986, on B6-4
Back then they were white with red NC, not the horrible green and yellow of the current re-release.
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Re: Question for L3 flyers

Postby drew » Wed Apr 11, 2018 6:03 pm

03flyer wrote:Do you remember your first rocket kit and the motor you used....

Sadly I don't. That said given it would have been 30+ years ago I expect I should cut myself some slack. I built a large number of Estes rockets as a kid, both at home and Space Camp. I still regret the fact that I didn't finish the Astro-Blaster rocket glider I was building in the early 90s. The skinning of the balsa after construction was a bit much for me at the time I suspect.

I got back into the hobby around 2009 when my boss at the time revealed he'd never flown a rocket despite being a huge space nerd. My first kit built as an adult was an Estes Bullpup. First flight was on an A8-3.

03flyer wrote:and did you face any difficulties or frustration working your way up to level 3?

Of course. I don't think you're pushing yourself or your hardware if you don't face difficulties or occasionally get frustrated. I'm pretty good about making mistakes as long as I learn from them. I've got no issues with talking about my numerous failures.

My L3 was pretty easy going all considered. Sure my flight nearly reached Mach 2 but the space available in a dual break dual deploy 3" airframe made it quite easy when compared to smaller MD rockets.
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