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Cheap shot! 1 year 11 months ago #2778

Did you guys see the cheap shot at us in Sport Rocketry?

"... Unfortunately, the high-power pads on the sport range were not quite up to the task--the rail was just too wobbly. Trip said he had no way to be sure which way the rocket would come off from (sic) the pad."

Trip can kiss my ass!
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Cheap shot! 1 year 11 months ago #2780

The one that he borrowed from Tim Van Milligan was not any better, from what i heard.
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Cheap shot! 1 year 11 months ago #2781

Writing it up in Sport Rocketry - not a super find a friend tactic but people do it when they are unhappy sometimes.
The pads are not wobbly - they are quite sturdy. It is the asphalt. How about relocating the pads on grass with fire blankets for the sparkies and stake the legs? Uneven asphalt issue solved. Crunchy fin-chipping asphalt landings solved too which I am really about here :woohoo: Even recovery malfunctions can survive sometimes with grass landings.
If we move west along the road between the primitive campsite and the pavilion we normally use there is a super-long stretch of grass WNW along 'usual' prevailing wind and a parking lot across the road. I have a popup awning from my motorcycle track days and would be glad to bring/donate it for a sun shade.
If there is a compelling reason for the current site, let me know. New guy.

Cheers / Robert
Cheers / Robert

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Cheap shot! 1 year 11 months ago #2782

I guess this is partly my fault. I didn't tell the pad managers that the heavy pad with the 1515 rail can also take a 1010 rail. The box of parts has both size of rail locks that use a 5/16" bolt, which is the bolt size used on the large pad. It gives a sturdy mount with no wobble at all.
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Cheap shot! 1 year 11 months ago #2783

I think the article was extolling Trip's decision, rather than dumping on us. Or, maybe it was both. No good deed should go unpunished.

FYI: I have about 10 of those new, wobbly high power pads stored in my barn if you wonder where they went.
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Cheap shot! 1 year 11 months ago #2784

Writing it up in Sport Rocketry - not a super find a friend tactic but people do it when they are unhappy sometimes.
The pads are not wobbly - they are quite sturdy. It is the asphalt. How about relocating the pads on grass with fire blankets for the sparkies and stake the legs? Uneven asphalt issue solved. Crunchy fin-chipping asphalt landings solved too which I am really about here :woohoo: Even recovery malfunctions can survive sometimes with grass landings.
If we move west along the road between the primitive campsite and the pavilion we normally use there is a super-long stretch of grass WNW along 'usual' prevailing wind and a parking lot across the road. I have a popup awning from my motorcycle track days and would be glad to bring/donate it for a sun shade.
If there is a compelling reason for the current site, let me know. New guy.

Cheers / Robert


You haven't been around long enough to know all of the politics involved. Moving is not an option.
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