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Old 08-08-2018, 09:53 PM
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Default Dusting off some old projects.

I've been out of rocketry for close to a decade. Recently decided I need to get some of the old stuff out of the shop. A young father at church asked if I could show his 3yr son some rockets....He heard I used to be into that kinda thing....yeah...kinda....LOL.

Here is one I'd like to finish. It's version two of my 2 stage Thrustline Aerospace MikeIX. I never finished it, and I'm trying to remember how I was going to make all this work.

The lower stage is a 3x24mm cluster with it's own chute / streamer. Upper stage is single 24mm using a timer for airstart.

The battery is toast, and I'll probably get the latest version of the Perfectflite timer. Let's see if I can attach pics.
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Old 08-09-2018, 05:31 PM
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Looking this thing over, I think Iím going to use an e-match to air start the 2nd stage. Iíll have to order a kit so I can dip some e-matches. They take must less voltage/current to light....

I started dusting off a few more to get ready to fly again. A few of my favorites.
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Old 08-09-2018, 08:09 PM
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I've always liked the lines of the Arapahoe E. It's one of the few fresh looking 3FNC kits that doesn't need decals to stand out.
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Old 08-09-2018, 10:15 PM
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I miss Thrustline. I bought a bunch of decals from them years ago and just used one today on my Farside X clone.
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Old 08-10-2018, 04:39 AM
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I miss Thrustline. ...


Ditto. When I first got into rocketry, Thrustline was the first vendor I bought anything from. The V-2, Hank, and Alien Troop Mover were the first kits I ever built. My last order from Sandman included the plans and decals for the Arapahoe E (a couple of years ago now, at least). I just bought a nose and tail cone. Hopefully, I find time to build it soon.
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Old 08-10-2018, 04:51 AM
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Hey guys, did you know that Squirrel Works has an Arapaho-E kit? They acquired the design from Thrustline. Temporarily out of stock though.
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Old 08-10-2018, 05:27 AM
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Hey guys, did you know that Squirrel Works has an Arapaho-E kit? They acquired the design from Thrustline. Temporarily out of stock though.


Yes. I already had the decals, otherwise I would have pestered Squirrelworks about restock times.

I dug up some pics of my builds of the aforementioned rockets.

I also want to build the Mike IX sometime. Cool to see a two stager.
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Old 08-10-2018, 07:58 AM
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Hey guys, did you know that Squirrel Works has an Arapaho-E kit? They acquired the design from Thrustline. Temporarily out of stock though.


Yeah. I got one of Don's kits as soon as they came out.

The Thrustline kits I was most involved with were the Mike IX, Arapahoe E, and the Starship Electra. I did some beta testing for John at Thrustline....like a lot of other people at the time, but John really liked the paint designs I did for him. Especially the Arapahoe E. What's cool to me is that the paint scheme just became a part of the rocket. I don't think I've seen one yet that is painted differently....maybe different colors or sizes, but they look the same. It's cool to see your handywork carry on like that. Even with the new Squirrel Works kit. The new kit is pretty nice....laser cut fins...high quality stuff in there.

My Payment back then was one of the first production run Arapahoe E kits from Thrustline... Here's the beta, the original kit, and one of the new ones. So Yeah....I'm into the Arapahoe E.
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Old 08-10-2018, 10:03 AM
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... but John really liked the paint designs I did for him. Especially the Arapahoe E. What's cool to me is that the paint scheme just became a part of the rocket. I don't think I've seen one yet that is painted differently....maybe different colors or sizes, but they look the same. It's cool to see your handywork carry on like that... So Yeah....I'm into the Arapahoe E.

OK,

Great to hear from you again! I think the Arapahoe E is a true classic. Absoulutely beautiful lines and a simple but elegant paint scheme. One of my all time favorites. You and John should be rightfully proud of that one.

Again, great to see you posting again.

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Old 08-10-2018, 10:14 AM
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OK,

Great to hear from you again! I think the Arapahoe E is a true classic. Absoulutely beautiful lines and a simple but elegant paint scheme. One of my all time favorites. You and John should be rightfully proud of that one.

Again, great to see you posting again.

Steve



Gus! There are some of the "old guard" still around. Good to see a familiar name.

I poked my head into TRF, but this board looked more active.
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