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Old 04-06-2021, 07:52 AM
Blastfromthepast Blastfromthepast is offline
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Default BAR Fleet No. 131 - Skeeter Eeter 3

Hi, Folks,
Here’s the latest from the ol’ workbench: The Skeeter Eeter 3
A Mosquito On Steroids !
What could be better than building and flying a Mosquito? Building and flying a significantly larger Mosquito powered by ‘The Mighty D Engine', of course!
Back in the Old Fleet days, circa 1974-75. I built two of these things - the first was a 24mm D-motor version, followed by an 18mm standard motor iteration. Both of the models pre-date Estes' release of the Mega Mosquito kit.
Since part of my present-day BAR adventures involves re-building some of my Old Fleet favorites, the Skeeter Eeter has been a sure bet to hold a position high on the build list.
Purchase and kit-bash of an Estes Baby Bertha provided all the major parts required by the Skeeter Eeter, save for motor mount components, which I already possessed in my parts stash.
The build is very straight forward, this being a regular old 3FNC model rocket. No worries here.
Skeeter Eeters are a real kick to fly. I anticipate watching this 2021 version screaming off the pad!
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Old 04-06-2021, 12:42 PM
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Does it pop the nose cone and flutter down or does it have a streamer or chute for recovery?
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Old 04-06-2021, 01:48 PM
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Hi, TigerHawk,
This bird will use either a large streamer or a parachute. Since there is only around three inches of body tube above the motor mount, I cut off the base bulkhead of the plastic nose to make more room for a recovery device. A bent segment of a paper clip is epoxied inside the nose shoulder to provide shock cord/streamer attachment.
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