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Dynastar Firefox SHX and Finding Stuff in the Korn 1 week 5 days ago #3099

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Pretty happy with this kit. Here is a pic of Clint Eastwood leaving the Soviet Airbase in a hurry! Can't vouch for the E20W-4, but the old E15W-4 I had was perfect for a 700 - 800' flight. Graceful, a higher peak thrust motor probably isn't better for a nice flight.

The spotter on bearing line and searcher carrying a flag visible above the corn method worked for recovery of two rockets. Will be on the lookout for some lightweight flags 6-8' tall so this can be repeated if no GPS onboard. We noted a tendency for people in the corn to turn to the right (East) while in the corn with no bearings visible. Probably due to land slope or the row alignment. When I lost the Mini-Magg last month I bet I curved right around it on the way to the landing area.
Parachute deployment was right on time but a little weak due to the tube size. Chute didn't inflate for a few seconds and I have to give myself a kick for this. Thin plastic Estes style parachute + cold day needs baby powder. Doh!

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Dynastar Firefox SHX: cutting diagonal body tubes 1 week 5 days ago #3100

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Found an easier way to do the angled body tube cuts. The instructions have a tube wrap and this works, but if ya got power tools, there is an easier way.

Mark tubes front and back, and mark locations per the instructions where to place the wrap. I used these points to cut the tubes in a miter box with a fine tooth hacksaw. Then, I cleaned up on a disc sander with fence set to 45 degrees. Some eyeball alignment required here so you don't change the angle. After cleanup, ultra thin super glue into edges and 320/600 grit to get them looking good.
Next: marking. Used a long BMS 2.6" coupler and hooked them together and adjusted to get both diagonals aligned and snug. THEN mark the tubes. Much easier. This makes such a thing as a home-made King Kraken buildable : )

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