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Old 06-12-2020, 09:52 AM
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In a post I made in the Estes Pro Series Doorknob thread looking for an RSS reader to read rocketry blogs neil_w suggested Feedly and I use that and also the Reeder 4 iOS apps on my iPad. To be honest I havenít used an RSS reader since Netscape and I am liking using these apps for reading blogs and to get the blog updates.

I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for other blogs that I can add to the list in my app. So far this is a list of what I have that I am following.

Model Rocket Building, Chris Michielssen
http://modelrocketbuilding.blogspot.com/

Blast from the Past, Ed Mitton
http://castlerocketeer.blogspot.com/

Not Exactly Rocket Science, Bill Eichelberger
http://wallyum.blogspot.com/

Rocketeer's Corner, Bill Cooke
http://billsrockets.blogspot.com/

The Original Rocket Dungeon, Dick Stafford
https://rocketdungeon.blogspot.com/

Vintage Rocketry Retrospection, Switzerland [Not updated frequently but good Enerjet info. Bill E. recently posted about this blog in another thread]
http://rocketryretrospection.blogspot.com/

If you have any other blogs that you follow please post here Iíd like to give them a visit. If you havenít tried an RSS reader give it a try. I like the magazine type layout and getting regular updates pushed to the app.

Thanks guys!

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🚀 In Repair: [On Hold] Semroc SLS Lilí Hustler, Semroc SLS Aero-Dart 1969 Trim
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🚀 Upcoming Launch: Winnsboro, LA 11/7 - 11/8 rain out dates 11/14 - 11/15
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Old 06-12-2020, 11:40 AM
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That Bill E guy is an embarrassment to bloggers.
I started to blog about one of my Social Distancing launches last month and never got past the first flight. Too much other stuff going on. The good news is that we're supposed to do a club launch tomorrow, so I may have that to write about.
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In paint: Centuri Stellar Hercules, Estes Nike Apache, FRW Star Blazer XL, Quest Intruder, Red River Stratos, Semroc Cyber III, S.P.E.V.

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Old 06-12-2020, 11:41 AM
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Build floor: Estes Luna Bug, Vapor Rocketarium Trident T117-13, Semroc Laser X

In paint: Centuri Stellar Hercules, Estes Nike Apache, FRW Star Blazer XL, Quest Intruder, Red River Stratos, Semroc Cyber III, S.P.E.V.

Body shop: Estes Jayhawk

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Old 06-12-2020, 11:44 AM
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Build floor: Estes Luna Bug, Vapor Rocketarium Trident T117-13, Semroc Laser X

In paint: Centuri Stellar Hercules, Estes Nike Apache, FRW Star Blazer XL, Quest Intruder, Red River Stratos, Semroc Cyber III, S.P.E.V.

Body shop: Estes Jayhawk

Ready to fly: Estes Nova Scout Ship, Semroc Point
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That Bill E guy is an embarrassment to bloggers.
I started to blog about one of my Social Distancing launches last month and never got past the first flight. Too much other stuff going on. The good news is that we're supposed to do a club launch tomorrow, so I may have that to write about.

I like your blog ... just the right mix of rocketry and humor for me! Hey, this is supposed to be fun right?
Cool if you get to post about the club launch. The thing I like about the RSS readers I use I get a notification when you make that blog post and the app pulls it in. Even if you didnít post it to YORF I will get it. I donít need to keep checking all these different blog sites.

I have a friend in our club that said he was attending the SEARS launch in Alabama this weekend. Good to see some normalcy returning with guys getting back out to launch again. Very encouraging indeed
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🚀 In Paint & Detail: USR Banshee
🚀 In Build Queue: Estes Doorknob w/Vander-Burn Rocketry Upgrade Kit [Sport Decor], Semroc Centurion-F, Semroc Egg Crate.
🚀 In Repair: [On Hold] Semroc SLS Lilí Hustler, Semroc SLS Aero-Dart 1969 Trim
🚀 Launch Countdown: Coming Soon
🚀 Upcoming Launch: Winnsboro, LA 11/7 - 11/8 rain out dates 11/14 - 11/15
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I found two more ...

The Thrifty Rocketeer
https://thethiftyrocketeer.blogspot.com/

Shroudlines...The Blog
http://shroudlines.blogspot.com/

These were both referenced links on Bill Cookeís Rocketeerís Corner blog
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🚀 In Construction: Der Blue Maxx/Minie-Magg 5.5Ēw/Stickershock23.com Custom Decals
🚀 In Paint & Detail: USR Banshee
🚀 In Build Queue: Estes Doorknob w/Vander-Burn Rocketry Upgrade Kit [Sport Decor], Semroc Centurion-F, Semroc Egg Crate.
🚀 In Repair: [On Hold] Semroc SLS Lilí Hustler, Semroc SLS Aero-Dart 1969 Trim
🚀 Launch Countdown: Coming Soon
🚀 Upcoming Launch: Winnsboro, LA 11/7 - 11/8 rain out dates 11/14 - 11/15
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Old 06-14-2020, 03:57 PM
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I like your blog ... just the right mix of rocketry and humor for me! Hey, this is supposed to be fun right?
Cool if you get to post about the club launch. The thing I like about the RSS readers I use I get a notification when you make that blog post and the app pulls it in. Even if you didnít post it to YORF I will get it. I donít need to keep checking all these different blog sites.

I have a friend in our club that said he was attending the SEARS launch in Alabama this weekend. Good to see some normalcy returning with guys getting back out to launch again. Very encouraging indeed

It was NICE! Even with an abbreviated schedule due to some weather moving over the field I managed 11 flights. I prepped a lot on Thursday and Friday, so I was pumped and primed. Flight #12 cycled through several times as time ran out, so if not for a bad ignitor or pad issue, I had my shot at the dozen. Next launch in two weeks, so I better get prepping.
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Build floor: Estes Luna Bug, Vapor Rocketarium Trident T117-13, Semroc Laser X

In paint: Centuri Stellar Hercules, Estes Nike Apache, FRW Star Blazer XL, Quest Intruder, Red River Stratos, Semroc Cyber III, S.P.E.V.

Body shop: Estes Jayhawk

Ready to fly: Estes Nova Scout Ship, Semroc Point
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Old 06-22-2020, 08:24 AM
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I finally got around to updating mine. This is my first one using nothing but photos from my phone, but I think it does a great job. Amazing how far that technology has come. I flew 11, six were first timers. Most of the rest had 10 years of dust to blow off of them.
http://wallyum.blogspot.com/
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I miss being SAM 0058

Build floor: Estes Luna Bug, Vapor Rocketarium Trident T117-13, Semroc Laser X

In paint: Centuri Stellar Hercules, Estes Nike Apache, FRW Star Blazer XL, Quest Intruder, Red River Stratos, Semroc Cyber III, S.P.E.V.

Body shop: Estes Jayhawk

Ready to fly: Estes Nova Scout Ship, Semroc Point
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Bill-
Great new blog flight report !
You got some good flights in.
I'd retire that Astron Streak; you don't wanna press your luck on those things.
I flew one ONCE on a "recommended" C6-7 fully intending for it to be "Fire and Forget".
It was out of sight immediately on launch, but it was dead calm and landed within 50' of the pad. Retired IMMEDIATELY in around 1983. Launched a streamer recovery Estes Polaris with a min-diameter 24mm mount on a D11-9 the same day and got it back. That one must have went almost 2000'. Would have never got back with Chute recovery even in calm conditions.

The SS Cassiopeia was the first kit I purchased from PDR as well.
I build HEAVY and that thing seems to get damage to the ring-fin area every flight. Needs to be upgraded from a 12" to 18" chute, but those things are hard to pack into a BT-50 with reliable deployment. Status: semi-retired.
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Bill-
Great new blog flight report !
You got some good flights in.
I'd retire that Astron Streak; you don't wanna press your luck on those things.
I flew one ONCE on a "recommended" C6-7 fully intending for it to be "Fire and Forget".
It was out of sight immediately on launch, but it was dead calm and landed within 50' of the pad. Retired IMMEDIATELY in around 1983. Launched a streamer recovery Estes Polaris with a min-diameter 24mm mount on a D11-9 the same day and got it back. That one must have went almost 2000'. Would have never got back with Chute recovery even in calm conditions.

The SS Cassiopeia was the first kit I purchased from PDR as well.
I build HEAVY and that thing seems to get damage to the ring-fin area every flight. Needs to be upgraded from a 12" to 18" chute, but those things are hard to pack into a BT-50 with reliable deployment. Status: semi-retired.

I'm going to at least finish the Cassiopeia and get the decals on so it can fly as intended in full livery. This past flight had me thinking about rigging it to come down sideways like the Super Kits. I had two minimum diameter D flights that day. I'm curious as to how high they went. I still need to figure out the sweet spot for the Mega Mini Max. Pretty sure it isn't a D12-5. This will be the third body tube for this set of fins. Good thing I have a lot of scrap BT-50 sitting around.
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I miss being SAM 0058

Build floor: Estes Luna Bug, Vapor Rocketarium Trident T117-13, Semroc Laser X

In paint: Centuri Stellar Hercules, Estes Nike Apache, FRW Star Blazer XL, Quest Intruder, Red River Stratos, Semroc Cyber III, S.P.E.V.

Body shop: Estes Jayhawk

Ready to fly: Estes Nova Scout Ship, Semroc Point
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