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Essence's Model Rocketry Reviews is pleased to announce a new photo contest. This contest also serves as a bonus item for the 2010 EMRR Challenge, but it is not necessary to participate in the Challenge to participate in this contest... but, why not?

Lander Drag

The idea behind this contest is simple: Capture two rockets in one shot.

Winners will be judged by EMRR Guests during a voting week of May 3 - 7, 2010.

  • Entry photos must be at least two (2) photos
    • (1) Static with both rockets and (1) moving with both rockets
    • (2) Moving rocket shots with both rockets in each picture
    • Note: Both rockets should be clearly visible in the flight shot
  • Photos must have been taken between 5/1/09 and 5/1/10.
  • 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 basic information about each rocket and what the event was. It would be nice to know what they are flying on, altitude, recovery and success (or not) information too!
  • MUST Be "G-Rated".
  • Contestants may only enter (1) entry
  • Contestants must be on EMRR's Announcement List to be eligible
  • Contest is over on 5/1/2010.
  • Online Voting will take place from 5/3 - 5/7.

Submit your entries here:[E-Mail]


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Entries:
Entry #1: Todd Mullin 81 Points
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The Two at Once drag race took place at Plaster Blaster 8, November 2009. 21 rockets raced at dusk on the then brand new (in California) CTI H123 Skidmark motors.

Entry #5: Matt Shoemaker 56 Points
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These are 50 little foamy card stock rockets on estes motors. They spin madly and only go up about 50 feet before tumble recovery. They were all launched at once at Desert Heat 2010 in Tucson Arizona (3/27). I think four failed to ignite, so 46 or so are actually going. The kids were charged with collecting them, and they'd get a goodie bag for turning them in. There was no shortage of volunteers!

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Entry #14: Bruce Sexton 38 points
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These photos were taken at the Spring Battle Park Launch in Culpeper, VA on April 11, 2010 during the Battle of the Rockets competition (http://www.rocketbattle.org/Main.html). This was a sport drag race between two LOC Minnie Mags on sparky motors during the Sunday Research Launch sponsored by Tripoli Central Virginia.

Entry #2: Howard Smart 37 Points
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This drag race took place March 6, 2010 at the Tripoli San Diego monthly launch in Plaster City, CA. In the photos you see three Squat rockets from Madcow Rocketry. Mine is the black and white, Todd Mullin's is green and Russ Sands's is black and yellow. Todd and I had Cesaroni I-150 54mm single-grain motors. Russ was using an Aerotech motor which lit later and didn't get moving during the photos.

All three flights were successful. Todd stuck his landing. Russ actually managed to fit electronics into the nose of his Squat. Everything worked perfectly.

Entry #3: John Bishop 31 Points
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This is a first ever documented drag race between two Odd'l Rockets Squatty Body kits. My own (the orange and red one), and Chris Michielssen's original (orange and white). Flown at the NEFAR launch in Bunnell, FL on Mar 18. We flew them both on A8-3s and the flight was a fun one. If there was such an event called Synchronized Rocketry, this launch would have contended. Great formation all the way up. Mine landed in a puddle, but will fly again.

Entry #17: Geoffrey Kerbel 29 Points
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These photos were taken of the ill fated drag race of two upscale Deep Space Transports. Mine was the white one and Moe Bertrand owned the dark gray one. I had just finnished the prep and paint on his which took two weeks to do! We both decided to try the, new to us, Aerotech G 104 reloads with M delays. I had flown mine on G motors before without incident so we figured we were good to go.

You can see his draging the duel clip up which we used to launch both rockets with one controller. It was a fantastic boost up and then the wait for the ejection to go. It became very obvious, very quickly that something was not right. The end result is in the second picture. His hit the ground first, right on top of the launch platforms (you can see it inbetween the two) and mine took a bit longer with the same results. Look up at the top of the second picture. His ejection charge went off a split second after it hit and mine went off a split second before impact. Although both nose cones were damaged, they were repairable. I don't know how far he has gotten with repairs on his but mine has had a new upper tube installed, the nose cone repaired and all damaged areas repainted. Just need to get the new decals on and it is ready to fly again. Note to self, if using the G 104 motor again ( not likely )use a short delay!!!

Entry #4: Randall Luhman 28 Points
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These three pictures were taken at High Frontier 7 on September 27. This was the day of the annual Warloc Drag Race. The first picture shows the contestants, the next pictures shows first motion of one of the rockets (not exactly in the best way). The third picture shows three of the rockets in flight, unfortunately one of them is mostly out of frame.

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Entry #6: Jeff Lane 21 Points

These were shot at Pueblo (site of the upcoming NARAM-52) Chiliblaster I on the night of 8/22/09. I used a Fuji AX3 with 100 ASA print film and 50mm lens. The three were short fat rockets on Cesaroni skidmarks. On the left is Lloyd Chumbley, on the right is Bdale Garbee, and I think the middle maniac is Jason Chamberlin. The rockets did not have lights on them, so we recovered them in the morning. Dave Virga shot a video of the flight, and in the video you can see several lightning strikes in the background, as well as Nadine using flash photography to shoot each participant before the launch. (Movie)

(Right) After dark had completely descended, we launched. The aperture was f16, with the shutter opened as the motors began to get up to pressure, which is nearly instantaneous with Cesaronis. It's about a one-second exposure. This photo kind of breaks the rules of the contest (in-flight rockets must be visible), but if you look at the rest of the night shots on the COSROCS site, you can only see the spew on those, too, not the rockets themselves.

(Below) I did not have a tripod, so I rested the camera on the handlebars of an ATV. As a result, there is a little movement. The aperture was set at f8. This was shot after sundown, so the exposure was around half a minute. You can see each flier bustling around his rocket, prepping. They look like ghosts.

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Entry #12: Jim Bassham
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These pictures were taken at the Tripoli Central California (TCC) flying field in Helm, CA on February second 2010. There, I drag raced two of my modified Red Max kits. The green one is my Der "D" Max modified to fly on a 24mm mount and loaded with a D12-5. The Blue Max is a scratch built 3 motor cluster with decals from Excelsior Rocketry. It was flying on three A8-3's. To my surprise, the cluster was the clear winner off the pad, but the D flew higher.

Entry #9: Dale Marshall
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This entry in the "Two At Once" is a drag race of sorts between a couple of FlisKits saucers. The Pheord X150 and the Frick-N-Frack. The Pheord X150 is loaded with a C6-0 and the Frick-N-Frack is loaded with a pair of B6-0s. The flight was made on my local Community Association Soccer Fields here in San Antonio, TX. A light breeze was blowing and both rockets were recovered with no damage. In the first photo you can see the two saucers static on the pad with both hooked to the same launch controller with my Semroc Clip-Whip.

In the second, the moment right after ignition when both are just starting to ascend. The third is a closeup of the second. The last photo shows just how fast the Pheord gets off the pad (on a C6) as compared to the Frick-N-Frack (on a B6).

Next time I'll bring some more of the same type of engine to make it a more fair race.

Entry #13: Peter Stanley
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This is a series of drag races my son and I conducted one afternoon. The rockets are made of 110lb card-stock and were downloaded from Art Applewhite's free stuff page. The one on the left is the Scimitar, and the other is the Delta Flying Saucer. On the first flight, the Scimitar's motor didn't ignite. Out of the other three flights the Delta Saucer clearly won two of them. We used A10-PT motors.

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Entry #8: Brenda Boldt
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Four 13mm Art Applewhite "saucer" rockets. One each of the Qubit, Scimitar, Cone and Delta Flying Saucer. These were built during the 4th grade rocket building day at school this year. All were flown on A3-4T motors. On the first launch 2 ignited with great launches. After changing igniters, all four lit for a great launch. the second launch picture shows three of the four moving. All four were recovered in fine shape to fly again.

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Entry #22: Jim Norton
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Paul Pittenger capped a busy day of flying by launching four 2-stage rockets at the same time. His careful preparation paid off and all of the rockets flew well. Taken at the November 2009 Tripoli Central California launch.

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Entry #10: Duane Boldt
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These were two of my students rockets that were going for NARTREK cadet certificates. The Dr. Zooch Ares I-X was a little slow off the pad but had a nice flight. The node cone was pretty heavy on that model. The Estes Skywriter took right off. I highly recommend doing the NARTREK program with kids they will love you for it. I am working with 14 right now. And they love the drag races. Thanks EMRR!

Entry #18: Matthew Bond
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It was going to be a perfect day at the sod farm. The high power waiver at our club launches doesn’t open until 9:00 am and depending on who is bringing the equipment; it can be 10:00 or later before the range opens up. For me, launch days are too few in number to waste that much daylight so I always try and get to the field early and fly my low power rockets before the rest of the folks show up. I had managed to get out of the house early without waking up the family, and I made it to the field just before 7:00am. The sky was clear, the air was cool, and there wasn’t a breath of wind, I was psyched!

Today was my day to get a good drag race photo for the EMRR Two-at-Once contest. I had my whole low power fleet in the car, and at least 12 “pairings” that I wanted to fly. I set up the first pair; my all time favorite workhorse rocket, a Thrustline Black Shadow and a Goblin clone from InFlight Rockets, both flying on C6-5s. I was using the new Quest Q2G2 igniters, and a whip clip to light them both from a single controller. I snapped some photos, put the camera in burst mode, pressed the shutter and pushed the go button. Both rockets left the pad in a hurry with the Black Shadow the clear leader. They both flew high and straight, arcing over a bit at the top of the climb. Both rockets were still nose up at ejection with the Black Shadow noticeably higher, and both cleanly deployed their 9” nylon chutes perfectly. I set down the launch controller to start the recovery walk.

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Now where the heck are they going? There was no wind on the ground, and the treetops weren’t moving at all. Typically the winds on the farm blow out across the field, but not this morning. Both rockets were clearly headed back into the trees and brush and I watched them both settle into the woods, probably not more than a couple hundred feet away. I had a good line and so I started after them, but quickly realized that the “woods” were in reality, a swampy briar patch with some patches of trees here and there. Now I HATE losing rockets, so I went back to the car, put on my heavy sweatshirt, taped up my shoelaces and pant cuffs, swore at myself for forgetting my work gloves, grabbed my bush beating stick and got busy. 45 minutes later, I spotted the Goblin hanging in a tree. 45 minutes after that, sweaty, bloody and more than a little annoyed I made it back out, one rocket short. I HATE losing rockets!

Now there were a few more folks at the field by this time, and even though I made a couple more drag race flights before the range gear showed up, the first one turned out to be the best. The rest of the day was outstanding, probably some of the best flying weather we have seen at the sod farm in a long time, but I kicked myself all week for losing that first rocket.

Entry #11: Alan Boldt
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These are three Estes Wizards being flown in a drag race. All three are being flown for NARTREK certificates. Mine is for a NARTREK Bronze Streamer duration and the other two were for NARTREK Cadet certificates. I needed 30 seconds or more on the flight. The flight to landing time was almost double at 54 seconds. Our club has all used Estes Wizard rockets with great success for our NARTREK Duration requirements. Mine is the red one with the white nose cone. I also used it for 4 NARTREK cadet flights. The shock cord is attached to one of the fins on the outside of the body tube and runs up to the nose cone.

Entry #15: David Sindel
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This is CATO's Viperfest: 4 LOC Precision Viper IVs and 1 Viper III lifting off on April 24, 2010 at the club launch in Salem, CT. All 19 D12 motors were ignited perfectly, for five perfect flights with apogee deployment. A perfect ending to a great day.

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Entry #16: Glen Roth
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Hi Nick, here r my pics of drag race w/two "up aerospace" rockets.

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Entry #19: Matt Gillard
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After many failed attempt to catch two rockets moving at the same time (lots of shots of empty pads etc), this is my entry - a drag race between two rocket cars: a dragster and a funny car. Taken as a last chance to enter before the deadline, on the 30th of April. It was raining so I did the race indoors, I was by myself so I launched the two cars and tried to take a shot from the rear. The last photo shows how much smoke is generated by two A10-PT motors firing in a small corridoor. You can just make out the two flames from the cars as they race away. The dragster won.

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Entry #7: Ken Tsai
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We wanted to see if we could capture the difference in peak impulse. The yellow Cheetah on the left is flying on a F35. The red Cheetah on the right sports a F72. In the second photo, you can see the red blur as the F72 is nearly off the rail. You can just make out the smoke on the F35 as it launches.

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Entry #20: Jason Orosco
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Two At Once Photo was taken on April 18 2010 just caught one of the rockets taking off the pad. I was lunching with my daughter she was flying a the Blue Max a MOD Estes Red Max using decals from Excelsior Rocketry, I was flying the Red Max. They both flew on Estes B4-2.

Entry #21: Stephen Morrow
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Submitted for the contest is the only two pictures I was able to take of a would be drag race. The launch was attempted twice, but both times the blue rocket never lit. Turns out the motor was an old one that was put in by mistake. Both are Mercury Engineering Hijackers with Aerotech Econojet F20's. We were going to attempt the drag race later on, but due to weather and scheduling we were unable to.

Entry #23: Peter Waithe
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ONLY (1) PICTURE RECEIVED - DOES NOT QUALITY FOR VOTING

I am attaching my entry for the Two at Once contest. These are two LOC Vulcanites on G61-10W at LDRS 28. This was taken on July 4th. Mine is on the right, and Rick Comshaw's is on the left.


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