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Old 11-06-2008, 11:35 PM
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Jay,

One thing I've found true in my case is, I tend to sketch on paper a lot more than I work up in RockSim. Those limitations really are significant, and if RS9 solves some of them, then I should see an increase in my sim count. I'm hoping others in the BARCLONE guild will take the time to work with the new version.

Even if just the three of us - You, Me, and James - did our "share" of 52 each, that's still 156 new designs! The 1000-count was, as you said, a gauntlet. It was a target, and a challenge. I'm hoping to see a much greater volume of designs in 2009 than we've seen this past year. We have the potential for new [booster] motors (re-releases, actually) and it's going to be our job to give modelers something new and interesting to burn them in. Many of my sketches lately have been 13mm 2-stagers.
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Old 11-06-2008, 11:43 PM
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VERY good numbers on the XPL, Jay. Nice form, too. "Throwdowns" are tough personal challenges. You try to use shapes everyone knows blindfolded to make something no one has ever seen before.

"Ya did good, there!"

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Old 11-06-2008, 11:56 PM
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Thumbs up Thanks, Craig!

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VERY good numbers on the XPL, Jay.
Craig,

I have to admit that that I was *really* surprised. I used launch lugs to simulate the dowel shapes, and the initial sims before changing the material from paper to birch *weren't* as good as I would have liked them to be.


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Nice form, too. "Throwdowns" are tough personal challenges. You try to use shapes everyone knows blindfolded to make something no one has ever seen before.

"Ya did good, there!"

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Thanks! (That's probably why I haven't submitted more designs. ) P.S. I just added your quote above to my .sig file.

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Old 11-07-2008, 08:37 PM
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IMPORTANT NOTICE: Go download the Apogee "Peak Of Flight" newsletter #221 if you have not already done so!

The "pods" feature will not only allow us to put nose cones (and transitions) on external tubes, but it is also the feature that will allow us to put fins in different places, and create those hollow "cheek cowls". The cover of this issue has a full 3D rendering of the Orbital Transport, done with V9.

As Jay would say, [Insert hand-wringing and saliva-drooling emoticon here]...
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Old 11-07-2008, 10:21 PM
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Lightbulb New Design: Looney Explorer

Yep, Rocksim 9 should open up, dare I say, an hole new "Demension" in our designing.
Might be interesting to go back through some of out design to see what we can improve upon that could not be done in version 8.

Here is a different design that I was inspired to create from viewing the recently posted build thread of the Alien Explorer. I have always like the original design and decided to give it my version of an "facelift/makeover. The colors were also inspired by and apprentice carpenter that showed up on the job site with a new rain coat of simular "High Visibility" colors. Wow!

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Looney Lander (18mm)
Launch guide length: 36.0000 In

MOTOR.................MAX. ALTITUDE...........DEP. VELOCITY
A8-3..................171.77887 Ft.............9.7784 ft/s
B4-4..................414.70801 Ft.............1.6896 ft/s
B6-4..................421.24016 Ft.............4.6436 ft/s
C6-5..................900.51509 Ft.............2.2577 ft/s
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Old 11-08-2008, 07:22 AM
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James,

I love it when the numbers fall well within the safe zone. Less stress and damage to the model. The design has now been posted to the Wordpress Blog list.


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Old 11-10-2008, 09:54 PM
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Lightbulb New Design: Flying Flea

Not a bird, plane, or an Mosquito, its the Flying Flea. I have been reading my Apogee
Newsletters, in particular Newsletter # 154 and #158 on designing short fat rockets. The
Flying Flea definetly meets the short & fat design catogory. Adding the mass-less transition
to the aft end gives this design the added drag from an "base Vortex" of airflow?? This one I may have to build before I trust this "base Vortex" theory.

The balsa nose cone is an BNC-60 AL and the balsa tail cone is an BTC-60A. I am not sure but I think I got it right when I simmed the BTC-60A with an core hole of .75 inches?? Only Carl knows for sure until I order one.

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Launch guide length: 36.0000 In

MOTOR.................MAX. ALTITUDE...........DEP. VELOCITY
1/2A3T-2.................121.16207 Ft............14.4273 ft/s
A10T-3....................311.32480 Ft............12.0686 ft/s
A3T-4......................321.00000 Ft............17.0648 ft/s

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Old 11-10-2008, 11:08 PM
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Thumbs up New design: "Doc Boy" TARC Sample

I found out today that there's a brand new Team American Rocketry Challenge (TARC) team in the next town over.

They're having an informational meeting and fundraiser at the County Historical Museum next Tuesday night, which I'm hoping to attend.

Just as an exercise, I threw together a sample rocket (minus the TARC egglofting portion) and decided to paint it John Deere green and yellow. Then I started thinking about Jon Arbuckle's brother "Doc Boy" from the Garfield cartoon by Jim Davis, and well...

Here you go. "Doc Boy" on a C11-3.

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