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deangelo54 wrote: Today would normally be the CMASS first launch of the 2020 season with our Amesbury launch. The cancellation did not deter the Rocket Bandits of Metro West. It was a beautiful day to launch rockets in Acton. So good that in addition to the Rocket Bandits there were also two families on site launching rockets.
Temperatures were in the 50's with clear skies and winds at 3 to 6 mph blowing toward the trees.
The engines used ranged from a 1/2A3 for an Estes X-Ray to a composite D10 for John Petrakis' Super Big Bertha and a D12 for my Super Big Bertha. Both flights were only to about 200 feet but were spectacular.
No rockets were lost and the only damage was a cracked fin on John's clone Goblin flown on a C11. Nothing a bit of CA can't fix.
The launch equipment consisted of two Estes Porta Pads. Pad one with a 1/8 rod and pad two with a 3/16 rod for the bigger rockets.
Without a doubt the flight of the day was John's Gemini Titan flown on a dual B6-4 cluster. It was the first flight using John's custom designed and built Plexiglas fins and fin can. The kit was purchased in 1970 and in true John Petrakis style was built two years later.
Today's launch was an oasis of normalcy during these unprecedented times.
DeltaVee wrote: A grand day out, indeed! It could only have been better if we had some wensleydale to go with it!