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See No Evil What is happening to EMRR? Nekkid? As in naked? What does it all mean?

That's right! Polar Jumpers, Skinny Dippers, Streakers, Double-D's, Gliders and Sliders are wanted here. But as you know, we mean rockets! (don't get me knocked off the web!)

Haven't you ever built a rocket that you just had to get out to the field and expose to the public prior to getting it clothed with your favorite finish? Well, did you take a picture? Enter this contest.

The objective is to identify the best looking nekkid rocket from among the entries. Guest judges will use their own criteria and taste.

Winners will be judged by EMRR Guests during a voting week of November 21 - 27, 2005.

  • Entry must be (2) photos. (1) Static shot showing its "best side" and (1) Launch Shot to prove that you brought it "out there".
  • A .25 bonus vote will be gained for each vote for your entry if entrant provides one (1) picture of the clothed (finished) rocket.
  • Entry may be GIF, JPEG, of BMP - or - if you don't have an electronic photo, e-mail us for a mailing address and we will scan the pictures for you.
  • The "write-up" need only be description of rocket and/or manufacturer and model name, basic rough dimensions, motor size and why you flew it nekkid?
  • MUST Be "G-Rated".
  • Contestants may enter no more than (2) entries
  • The winner will have first choice from the pool of prizes available for the contest, the runner up getting second pick, etc.
  • Each contestant may only win one prize based on the highest placement of the one or two entries. If there are more than enough prizes, then prize selection will begin again with the highest placing second entry per contestant
  • Contestants must be on EMRR's Announcement List to be eligible
  • Submissions required by 11/20/2005.
  • Online Voting will take place from 11/21- 11/27.

PRIZE TABLE (Can you contribute? Earn a point in the EMRR Challenge by contributing under your name!):

Model Minutes US
Model Minutes US
Space Racer
(1) G200 Heavy Carrier
USR
U.S. Rockets
Scout
(1) Scout (A-G power) Kit
Link Out
QuickBurst
$10
$10 Gift Certificate for something of your choice!
Link Out
QuickBurst
$10
$10 Gift Certificate for something of your choice!
[Picture]
Art Applewhite Rockets
UFO Picture Any Style of Flying Saucer kit of your choice of design up to a 29mm motor mount.
QModeling
QModeling
MRS Viper
(1) MRS-VIPER (see lift-off)
Squirrel Works
Squirrel Works
X-RV
(1) X-RV Kit
JonRockets
JonRocket.com
$20
$20 Gift Certificate for something of your choice!
Alf
Anonymous Guest
Nose Cone


(1) Custom Turned Mercury Capsule Nose Cone for 2.6" Body Tube

Entries:

Note: All Models are over 18mm!

Entry #12: Mark Thompson 61 points
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Scratch built, based on a Battlestar Galactica ship.

I flew this one nekkid because I didn't know if it would fly. Rocksim said it was stable. The second pic is of it in the air, Rocksim lied to me. Third pic is of the finished rocket. Don't they say a picture is worth a thousand words.

Entry #4: Michael Wilkins "Keebler" 55 points
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This is a scratch built ¼ scale Nike Zeus. 12’ tall, 7.5” diameter and right at 100 lbs loaded. It flew nekkid for my L3 flight at Wayside Texas. After its first flight it went to the body shop for the real look. The Nike has now logged 8 flights with more to come. See my article here.

Entry #25: Todd Mullin48 points
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This is my 4" diameter V1 Buzzbomb. It was flown on a G64 at Plaster Blaster this year. I flew it nekkid because of the local superstition that well finished rockets are more likely to have their flights end in disaster. Since this design is somewhat unconventional, I figured it could use all the help it could get! The launch photo was taken by Charles Hand.

Entry #7: Dick Stafford 46 points
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This is yet another bird house rocket from Dick's Rocket Dungeon and Michael's craft store (I have a review of Version 1 here on EMRR). This version is made from a cylindrical bird house and sports six 24mm mounts. It is 40.5" long and is 5.7" in diameter (max. diameter is the base of the 'roof'). Release 2.0 had canted motors and is depicted in two of the photos. It flew at MDRA in July. It flew well, but recovery was something else. Anybody need some toothpicks? Release 2.1 sports straight motor mounts due to fabrication issues. This version flew AND recovered well at MDRA in September. If you scour MDRA's ESL-87 gallery you will find a couple of still launch shots and an awesome movie. The ESL-89 gallery isn't up yet, but I'm hoping to have a video there also. Why did I fly nekkid? 1) because it's too sexy for paint? 2) what color is a bird house supposed to be anyhow? 3) because of the results of the first flight!!!

Entry #14: Lance Alligood 34 points
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I flew my U.S. Rockets Berlinetta on an AeroTech H128W-S at Spaceport Rocketry Associations's monthly club launch on October 15, 2005. The rocket stands over 7 and a half feet tall but weighs only 2 pounds. The ejection charge is vented through a bulkplate into the four canted 24mm tubes in the midsection and then up into the forward tube. This is a real attention getter but you better have a big vehicle to carry it--the fin span is nearly 22 inches wide and the main section of the rocket is over 6 feet long (you can see the separation seam near the top of the rail in the first picture). This was a project that I'd been working on & off again for several months, and I decided that I just wasn't going to wait any longer to paint it before flying it.

Entry #6: Steve Carr 27 points
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This is a clone from Jim Z's of the Estes Nebulan Warrior. 16" total length. 12" bt-20 main body tube with the shroud being bt-55. Has flown 5 times all without paint, final color is a light grey, well primer only. 1st flight A8-3 2, 3, and 4 on a B6-4 5th flight was a C6-5. All perfect flights. Still nekkid because I can't get the blue background out of the decal sheet to print them.

Judges: You decide if this constitutes as nekkid. There is not a lot left to the imagination.

Entry #24: Vincent Szabo26 points
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I have enclosed my upscaled clone of my childhood favorite upscaled . It is an upscaled Centuri Laxer-x that I call Laser-Xtra. It is 44" tall with a spread of 15.5" based on a bt-80. Engine is a 24mm rms. The day of her nekkid flight she flew on a E-15 to a super safe recovery. I flew her nekkid because I could not wait to see a child hood memory at that time "a big rocket fly" as a large adult and could not wait to re-live it. She is now fully dress and waiting for her decals to be delivered and her first flight on a F.

Entry #21: Dave Landry25 points
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This is my 3X upscale Estes Fatboy: "Faterboy." It is 100% scratch. My goal was to build a sizable rocket using only parts available from a local hardware store.

The nosecone was turned from "Foamular" stryofoam. The airframe is made from a 8" Quikrete concrete form. Even the central motor mount isn't a "real rocket part"-it's made from the cardboard center from a roll of contractor's paper. I did break down and use BT-50 tubes for the 4X 24mm cluster which surrounds the central 38mm motor mount. The chute consisted of an army surplus 66" main w/deployment bag and a 24" pilot.

Since there weren't any "real" rocket parts used (okay except for the BT-50's), I was a little nervous. Although I added nearly a pound of BB's to the nosecone, I was concerned about the stability. I was also concerned about how-or more importantly, IF--the chute would deploy. Therefore, before I invested the time and money in serious sanding, filling, painting, and decals, I wanted to make sure it would actually fly.

I did! It flew great. It was a big hit at the launch. The E9's gave it plenty of smoke and fire and the I357 central gave it some serious boost. It did deploy early because I drilled out the delay too much. Fortunately, the pilot/main/deployment bag worked great and no zipper occurred. Everyone loved it so much, they wanted to see it again. Luckily, a fellow rocketeer had a I357 that needed a good home. The second flight was even better. I left the delay "as is." The E9's were just barely enough to sustain the flight after the I357 had burned out. It continued to climb with a very slow roll-looking like something you'd see in a NASA video. Deployment was just after apogee with the pilot doing its job of pulling the main out of the bag. Everyone cheered and then breathed a sigh of relief as it came dangerously close to power lines on the landing.

I'm glad I flew it nekkid because the tip of the nosecone cracked on one of the landings. I'm now ready to reinforce the nosecone, sand, paint, and apply decals.

Entry #2: Bill Eichelberger 23 points
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I flew the Rokitflite Odyssey "nekkid" because Scott had mentioned that there was a problem with the first set of decals, but I still wanted to fly it at NARAM 47. I did, and a rogue ejection charge killed it on its second flight. It's a pretty tough bird, and it recovered. Here is a review.

Entry #1: Geoffrey Kerbel 22 points
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Have you looked into my picture stash to come up with these contests! This one is right up my alley as well!

The rocket is a scratch build of the Estes Trident. I could not afford the high prices of the actual kit and realized I already had most of the parts and pieces to build one myself. The only thing I had to buy was the nose cones for the outer tubes. I followed the plans from JimZ's site exactly. That was a tricky, tough bird to construct with the gas passport system which is the reason I took it out to our local field naked. I was not sure the system was going to work and not sure if I even constructed it correctly.

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It was flown on a B6-4 for the first flight and everything was perfect. Within two weeks I had finished it and it has flown two more times with minor problems. Some of the joints were weak and developed some slight separations. A little CA has done the trick and I plan to use a C6-5 at our next month club launch at Rainbow Valley.

Entry #23: Tim Blohm22 points
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My Launch Pad Nike Ajax on the pad and ready to go at Rocstock. It is built stock with only 1 slight modification. Originally it was designed to take 3 D12's, I moded it to take 3 E9's. It is not finished because I built during my lunch breaks at work and I also ran out of time before the launch date. The other picture is it obviously taking off, along with some other rockets. It was a beautiful flight, and recovered without any damage.

Entry #17: J. Brian Coyle 22 points
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This is a rebuild of my Shrox SHX-15B. The original was lost in the wind at NARAM-46, but you can see a picture of it on the 2005 NAR Member Guidebook. :) The X15B is such a great rocket to fly on E-30's that I couldn't wait until it was painted to fly again! The photo was taken later in August 2004. First you see it, then it's gone!

Entry #15: Giacomo Bosso 19 points
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That's my upscaled 4" Deuce's Wild with dual 38mm motor mounts. I flew her naked on two AT I218R because I wasn't sure of her performance in case of a misfire... she handled the sequential ignition well, though ;-) . I also borrowed a LOC nosecone from another rocket instead of the custom 2:1 ogive custom turned by Sandman later on and I used friction-fit motor retention prior to Slimlines. On her dressed second flight on 2 AT I357T only one lit but she survived again...

Entry #13: Peter Stanley 18 points
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My entry for the nekkid photo contest is an upper-stage half of a Nike-Hercules rocket, based on the Apogee Components plan pak. The upper-stage is about 11 inches long, and the body tube is 24mm wide. I flew it nekkid because I wanted to make sure this part flew ok before working on the rest of the rocket. I flew it twice; first on an A10-3T, and then on a B6-6. It flew great both times, but unfortunately, it landed in a tree.

Here is a finished photo of my Nike Hercules upper-stage. It was originally lost in a tree, but I managed to recover it with a 14' tree pruner and 5' extension of ABS pipe. I actually finished the whole rocket, but never got a chance to fly the full configuration nekkid.

Entry #18: Joel Rogers 14 points
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Rocket is a 6" dia up-scale of the LOC Lil-Nuke, weighs in at 30+/- lbs, liftoff picture was taken at the NERRF launch in Middletown NY of an experimental 54/3300 L2000 Skidmark motor, since then it has flown on ALL Animal Motor Works 75/3500 motors to an average of 4500 feet, why is it nekked you ask? Name of the rocket is "Feekal Nightmare" (cause it like like ca ca)

Entry #19: Chris LaPanse12 points
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Here is my entry into the contest. It is a scratchbuilt, 4" diameter by 107" tall dual deployment Black Brant X. It has a 54mm MMT, and weighs around 12.5lbs wothout motor. First flight (shown here) was on an Aerotech I600 Redline. It got around 1200 feet on this flight. I flew it nekked because I didn't have enough time to paint it between when it was finished and when I had to fly it.

Entry #22: Cliff Oliver12 points
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This is my Fliskits Richter Recker. A fellow SouthEast Alabama Rocket Society (SEARS) member challenged me to a drag race at our November '05 launch. But, since we both used rail buttons for launch guidance on our models and we only had one rail for the launch we couldn't drag race. So, I flew it alone and nekkid on three E9-6's. Great model. It flys very well. The main reason I launched mine nekkid was to enter this contest! Plus I had to hurry and get it ready for the drag race launch that didn't happen. There will be other launches, though.

Entry #3: Steve Ramberg 12 points
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Successful NAR level 1 certification flight of a Binder Designs Stealth on an Aerotech H242W-M. The rocket has a 38mm motor mount and is 67" long by 4". I flew it nekked because winter is coming and I am running out of time.

Entry #26: Jim Berg11 points
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This shows my Estes Gemini DC rocket, this rocket has dual rear deployment parachutes. The flight was on an A8-3 at our local NARHAMS club launch in Middletown, MD. I have three reasons I fly rockets nekkid: 1) two kids barely give me enough time to build rockets; 2) I usually lose 1 rocket per launch at Middletown, due to trees/thickets down wind of the recovery area so why paint what might get lost; and 3) I fly competition where paint just is added weight, so my sport models want to be nekkid like their competition brethren.

Entry #9: Jim Norton 9 points
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I really don't have any place to spray paint, so all my large rockets remain nekkid. Here is my BSD 38special, which I had used for my L1 cert flight

Entry #20: Mike Muir9 points
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Tall SPR 13mm. SPR stands for Semroc Parts Rocket. Built after seeing my son's Quest Super Eagle at a club launch being well received by the small viewers. I built something tall from standard Semroc parts that would survive our much smaller local field. Flew it nekkid to see if I had gotten it right in Rocksim and if it would end up in the rocket eating trees when launched in a slight wind. All was good and the smaller viewers liked it's size and being able to track it up and back with ease. For the finished product, a simple color scheme seemed a good choice so I went with fall colors (which also blend in well when your spray painting area is the flower garden in front of the house). Total length 57" (3 semroc 18" tubes with nose,etc.) , altitude: about 120' on A10-3T (4 flights). Recently finished an interchangeable lower portion with a 18mm mount just to live dangerously.

Entry #8: Eric Fadely 8 points
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I had to fly mine nekkid because with 7 29mm motors I could not wait till spring to test it. I built it in October and couldn't fly it painted till spring. The first flight was under powered with F20's but the second (painted) version was with G80's and went to 4000 feet :)

Entry #16: Layne Pemberton8 points
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I flew nekkid sisters. Why you ask, well, wouldn't you? On the left is the prototype of my 2.6" semi-scale MX-1868 Air-to-Air missile and on the right is her 3" big sister. The 2.6" version has a 29mm motor mount and will be available later this year, while big sister takes 38mm motors and was built just to be naughty.

Production MX-1868
dimensions: Diameter: 2.6" Length: 36"
Motor Mount: 29mm
Wt: 17.5oz
Fin span: 10.4"

Entry #11: Al Swackhammer 6 points
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Here's photos of my maxi Brute Pershing 1A. Preflight, launch photo, and the 'recovery' photo. Reason Fly Naked - "noting the recovery pic, would you paint it first ?" note: rocket repaired,never painted,uncluding a couple other flights, lost in woods on 3 cluster D12-3 :-(

Entry #27: Joe Policy5 points
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Pictured is the Semroc April Dancer. I purchased this kit and started building it right away so I could submit an EMRR review. But, another reviewer beat me to the punch, so I moved on to another project and April never got to "put her clothes on". However, she flies great in the buff! Sadly, she will have to stay "Nekkid" until Spring because it is way to cold to paint right now!

Entry #5: Barry Harsh3 points
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I kept launching my Fliskits Richter Recker nekkid because it was such a daunting task to even think about painting this huge rocket! This is a great launch pic of the RR launching on 3 E9 engines. What a thrill !!!

Notice the shyness of the RR... Nekkid, but surrounded by friends.

Entry #10: Paul Shepherdson 2 points
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Nothing special. All my maidens are nekkid. It's a superstition I have; first launch always unfinished. Why waste time & materials finishing if you're just gonna loose it first flight?! And yes, I talk from experience!!

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