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REV 2.4 - Sat Jul 16 07:19:23 2011

LOC
LOC-IV
P.O. Box 470396
Broadview Heights OH 44147
(330) 745-9755
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SPECS: 47.5" x 4" - 29 oz
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REC'D MOTORS: 29mm: F50-6, G80-7

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- by Tom Bell 

Instructions:
The instructions were complete and easy to follow.  Although this is a large rocket, it was not difficult to build. The parts were well manufactured and fit together without problems. This kit was my first large rocket, and it is a good starter kit for large rocketry despite its imposing size. 

This kit requires epoxy for assembly of the fins and engine mount. Some instruction on epoxying is included, but it would be a good idea to do further research on this (web sites, books, talking to experienced builders) before starting. 

Latex gloves are a must. Epoxy can cause an allergic reaction over time if you use it with your bare hands. I mixed the epoxy in small batches and put the parts together one step at a time. There are pros and cons to 5-minute and longer-setting epoxies, so check this out before starting if you're new to this. 

[Picture]Quality:
The LOC-4 is a very sturdy rocket. I have flown it a number of times and it has survived a lot of abuse. The LOC tubing is thick and sturdy and has never zippered on me yet. 

This rocket is rated for the G-80 motor, but I have successfully used it to certify Level 1 using a H-238 motor. The rocket stood up to the additional thrust with no problems. 

The only problem with this rocket is the fins.  They are sturdy plywood, but the fin tabs only extend the thickness of the body tube. Ideally, fin tabs should extend through the body tube and down to the motor mount tube, which makes the fins less likely to pop out. I may eventually cut some new fins with longer tabs to do this.  The fins do glue back easily once they pop out, and I recommend a tube of Liquid Nails for your range box for this eventuality. 

If you're interested in using the LOC-4 for high-power motors, you may want to upgrade the motor mount to a 38 mm tube.  You can get 38mm rings for the 4" 
LOC body tube and a 38mm motor mount tube from LOC or your favorite store. 

The package illustration shows a decal, but my rocket didn't come with any. 
This is no big deal, as you can buy all kinds of decals at hobby stores. I used a checker-pattern model airplane mylar wrap on my LOC-4. This is a large rocket, so be creative with it.  RC model airplane decals fit nicely on this big airframe

Flying:
This rocket is an excellent flyer and a great crowd-pleaser, due to its large size. 
You can fly it without a FAA waiver, although make sure you have a FAA notice 
for the launch, since it is over 1 pound. 

Performance is good with the Aerotech F50-4 (the minimum I'd recommend) and the G80-4 single-use and F-52 and G-64 reloads.  Short delays are recommended, due to the large size of this rocket.  It won't go very high with these motors, but it will have a slow liftoff and good flight. 

I certified with the H238 and have also flown it with the G75, which is the smallest Black Jack I'd recommend with this rocket(G-33's will get it off the ground, but it may become a giant lawn dart) I also plan to launch this with a H128 in the near future. 

Recovery is good with the large nylon chute provided, but you may pop a fin or two as it tends to land hard due to its large size. Be very careful if you're into midair catches...this rocket is a handful! My LOC-4 got a bad "road rash" on one landing when it was dragged by its chute down the road, but it still flies great. 

My Rating:
I give the LOC-4 4 points rating. It is a very good rocket, and would be perfect if the fin tabs were longer. I recommend this to anyone who wants to build their first LARGE rocket.


Rating
(Contributed - by Chris Kiekens - 11/01/00)

LOC/Precision-LOC IVBrief:
An easy to build 3FNC rocket, built for my first shot with a reloadable motor.

Construction:
The kit contains a 4" kraft paper body tube, two centering rings (plywood) included, nose cone, 36" chute, elastic shock cord, 3 plywood fins, 29mm motor mount, and a 1/4" Launch Lug.

This was a really easy kit to build. I spoke to LOC briefly regarding the fins, as they don't use TTW construction. I was concerned, but was told that during testing the TTW fins were crushing the motor tube on hard impacts. Who am I to argue? I have faith in Barry, so I built the fins "stock". I used an eyebolt for the shock cord, and added a couple of feet of strap nylon to boot. I didn't look too closely at the instructions, so I couldn't testify as to their accuracy. Having built several kits before, this looked to be a straightforward construction job. Per typical LOC style, everything fit in its place, and required no coaxing. I left the rear centering ring off till the end to give the small fin tabs a good once over with epoxy on the inside of the body tube.

I used nothing but epoxy for construction, and tried Elmer's Fill 'n Finish for the first time.

If I were to add anything to this kit, it would be another centering ring (I added one) and eyebolt for the shock cord.

Finishing:
I am still learning different ways to remove the spirals, and I came mighty close this time. I expect that my next effort will get rid of them entirely. The Elmer's Fill 'N Finish was the closest I came to entirely filling the spiral's yet. The rocket looked great when it was done. Some decals would have been nice, but I suppose that no decals gives you the opportunity to be creative in your finish as well. I had planned to get some vinyl cut for it, but the day after it was built, the conditions were great for a launch, so up it went! I liked the rocket so much when it was finished that I took it to a local automotive paint shop for a final finish. They painted it for free, and did an awesome job! Gloss paint sure does show up a lack of finishing skills!

Construction Rating: 4 out of 5

LOC/Precision-LOC IVFlight:
The only motors I was willing to fly this day were G75 black jack motors. I sure love the smoke! As I said, this was my first shot with a reloadable, and never having seen it done, I was concerned that there may be more to it than it seemed. Especially after seeing sooo many people on RMR suggesting that you get someone else to show you the first time. No problem, I hope it isn't just luck, and they continue to be easy for me.

I used cornstarch packing material for wadding, and added some machine threads to the rear CR for motor retention, along with a bolt, and a washer. I installed one on either side of the motor tube, but only put one in for the flight. The rocket went together without issue, and on to the pad. I can count the number of AP motors I have burned so far on my fingers, usually I only have BP to burn.

It took what seemed like forever to light the motor, some smoke started to trickle out of the hole cut in the red cap, and I held my breath... Then it took off, and up and GAHN! Great flight, slight wind cock, but it was a little windy. It landed in the worst possible location, with soy fields all around, it chose the road to land on. It suffered minor fin damage, and lots of scratches to the beautiful paint job! Hmm, maybe I should ask for a refund on the paint job! The fins stayed on just fine, and will be easily repaired (only aesthetic boo-boos anyway). The short delay (6 seconds) seemed about right, and the chute popped just after apogee.

Recovery:
The shock cord that was supplied was used in flight. I added 3 feet of strap nylon to it, which I attached to an eyebolt with a quick link. The eyebolt was on the forward centering ring, along with 2 washers, and two nuts to hold it tight. Realizing that I would not be able to get inside to tighten the nut ever again, I doused it with epoxy prior to installing the centering ring. The corn starch peanut packing material seemed to do the job, as I used all of the supplied BP, and there was not a scorch or burn on anything. It drifted for awhile, and not surprisingly, hit the ground! It ended up about 1000 feet away from the pad, where it was recovered by the enthusiastic young guy I brought along for the task of running after it.

Flight Rating: 5 out of 5

Summary:
The price of this kit was great. I picked it up from Hobbylinc for just over $50(US), anything I added was on the floor in the basement, so $50 is about what it cost me. I hate it when $50 becomes $100 during the build! I can't think of one bad thing to say about this kit, other than I wish it was twins!

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5


Rating
(Contributed - by Alex Jordan - 12/01/04)

Brief:
This is a large single staged, simple mid/high power rocket. It uses parachute recovery and was my first big rocket. Mine came with a 38mm motor mount, although many websites say it has a 29mm motor mount. Also, the fin tabs extend all the way to the motor tube.

Construction:
The components of this kit came in the typical LOC plastic bag. All of the parts were of the highest quality. Get rid of the provided shock cord mount though. A listing of the parts are:

  • 1 4" nose cone
  • 1 4" pre-slotted body tube
  • 1 38mm motor mount tube
  • 2 4" x 38mm centering rings
  • 3 pre-cut 3/32" plywood fins
  • 1 36" parachute
  • 1 shock cord mount
  • 1 1/2" shock cord
  • 1 6" x 1/4" launch lug

The construction of this kit is similar to an Estes executioner or fat boy, or any other simple TTW (through the wall) kit. This is an excellent beginner's kit. It is big and simple to construct. The fins fit nice and snug into the slots and extend all the way to the motor tube. There are no cons about construction. Use 5 or 20 minute epoxy throughout ENTIRE construction.

PROs: Quality of parts, fit of parts, ease of construction, and looks.

CONs: None!

Finishing:
I finished the rocket with an orange body and blue fins and nose cone. There are no decals and none are necessary to have a great looking rocket. Make sure that excess epoxy is sanded down though.

Construction Rating: 5 out of 5

Flight:
I haven't flown this model yet, but it will fly first to 900 feet on an F50-6.

Recovery:
This rocket will descend under a 3 foot chute, which I think is the right size for the big rocket.

Flight Rating: 5 out of 5

Summary:
This is a great big, fun rocket for beginners and advanced. It's ease of construction are great for beginners and makes a great first epoxy rocket. It was also my first 4-inch kit and the 4-inch tubing is massive! This is an awesome rocket and it is worth the 60 bucks.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5


[NAR][Sport Rocketry]

The following excerpt is from "Sport Rocketry". The intention is to allow guests to get a basic feeling about a kit. We strongly suggest that you get a copy of the referenced Sport Rocketry and read the entire article. Inside you will find many helpful hints in construction as well as other useful information. For more information, use the two links above.



(Sport Rocketry - Sep/Oct 1999 - page 32 - by Bryan M. Chuck) 

"When I look to buy a rocket, I want one that is straightforward."
". . . if the kit is built to the letter of the instructions, it doesn't get any more basic."
". . . I'm impressed with the accurate fitting of each part, in particular the centering rings and fins."
"LOC provides ample length of shock cord material . . ."
" . . . the fin roots did not extend all the way to the motor mount tube." [by design]
"LOC's supplied [shock cord] mount is a strip of braided nylon, which the builder loops and adheres into the airframe."
"I have had no troubles with it . . ."
"The first flights of my LOC IV were on a G80 motor, then a G64 reload."
"She boosted straight and true and cruised down under the 36" nylon parachute."
"I chose an Aerotech H128 medium reload motor."
"Overall, I'm pleased with the LOC IV."

The entire article gives the impression is that this kit would be for intermediate modelers and those looking for their first medium to high power kit.

[Submit your Opinion]

GUEST's OPINION:
11/01 - "The review was right on the mark. The LOC IV was an easy build and finished up real nice. As the other comments stated the fins could use some work and a heat shield would be nice for the chute. Flew great on low Aerotech G motors and that big red chute made it easy to spot as it slowly floated back down. I launched with zero wind so it didn't drift very far at all but if there was wind it would drift quite a distance I'm sure. Even with that big red chute and slow recovery speed it still popped a fin on landing. Gave it some good epoxy fillets and it should be fine." (R.A.V.)

GUEST's OPINION:
04/00 - "Although I enjoy flying this rocket, I am disappointed by the fin design (true of all Loc/Prec models I have built). What would a few more centimeters of wood cost on the fin tabs? My Loc IV has been repaired every time I fly it, it is truly an epoxy sculpture. I guess I could 'glass the fins, but I really don't want to redo my paint job. My advice- if your looking for a 4" model to get into high power, check out Public Missiles instead. Their stuff is virtually indestructible." (M.K.)

GUEST's OPINION:
11/99 - "This is was my first High Power Rocket and my certification project (Level 1). Loc makes great kits and the transition to HPR is easy. The review is thorough and quite accurate in many respects, as the model will benefit from reinforcing the fin joints w/either with epoxy/FG on the fillet or better yet, extending larger fins thru the BT to the Motor mount. The fins extend below the bottom of the BT and "butt strikes" (even under canopy) tend to crack the fin joint loose. (My LOC IV needed fin reinforcing after each flight). I would like to know if anyone experienced this problem: On my first flight I used an Aerotech G55, which really put it up there, but the ejection heat must have damaged the stock white cardboard motor tube.... I couldn't get the Vulcan H100ss to fit for my next flight (certifiction) as the tube had collapsed somewhere ahead of the G55. So much for certifying that day. I extracted the whole works inside and replaced the stock kit motor tube with much sturdier stronger phenolic tube... no problem now!" (J.S.)

GUEST's OPINION:
"The LOC IV was my first attempt into mid power rockets. I assembled the kit as per instructions and it was very easy to build. My rocket landed in a tree on its second flight, and broke a fin at the joint, despite glue fillets. I brought the rocket back home and used 2 oz. fiberglass and finish cure 20 min epoxy to reinforce the fins. This has made the fins extremely durable and the rocket is an outstanding flier on a RMS G64-4. To reinforce the fins, I first epoxied them into place and let them dry. Them I cut a piece of glass cloth slightly bigger than the area to be covered. I went down one fin, over the body tube and up the other fin. Then I repeated this until all fins were glassed.  after the cloth was cut, I mixed enough epoxy to cover all surfaces I was immediately working with. Then I carefully laid the cloth on the fins and rocket and smoothed it out with a squeegee until the cloth followed all contours and flat on the fins. After this has been done to all sided, sand it smooth and apply a second coat of Finish Cure 20 min epoxy. When that is dry add the glue fillets along the fin joints let that dry and sand and paint. This is an excellent rocket for those wanting something bigger then an Estes. It is straight forward and easy to build. It is straight forward and easy to build. If you reinforce the fins the rocket will fly straight and true for a long time. The review was right on the mark. I also found the rocket to be everything the reviewer said." (S.F.)

[Enter Rocket Specific Tip]

SPECIFIC ROCKET TIP:
04/10 - "I made only one small change to this rocket. I used an eye bolt in the forward centering ring for the attachment of the shock cord. I also used an 18" piece of Kevlar® from the eye bolt to the shock and attached them together with a snap swivel. I attached the Kevlar® to the eye bolt with a simple loop. Since the rocket body is 4 inches in diameter, I can reach down and pull it out and replace it if necessary." (M.A. )

SPECIFIC ROCKET TIP:
08/03 - "Just a note to let everyone know that the latest version of the LOC IV comes with a 38 mm motor tube instead of the 29 mm size previously used, and the fin mounting tabs now go all the way in to the motor tube! I recently bought one of these kits and I wasn't aware the company had made those changes until after I had ordered it and thought others might like to know the kit has been improved. Except for the fin tabs being about 1/16" longer then the slots the fit and quality of the kit parts was very good and I was quite pleased with the kit. It was a nice kit to build and I didn't have any problems building it. I would recommend it to anyone with previous rocket kit building experience who is looking for a reasonably priced easy to build mid size rocket kit. I found prices for this kit vary quite a bit so be sure to shop around to find the best deal. Two changes I made as I built the kit were: 1. I followed the suggestions of others who have made the older versions of the kit and made a third motor tube spacer disk out of 1/8" model aircraft plywood, using one from the kit as a pattern, and mounted it in directly in front of the fin tabs. 2. I replaced the recovery elastic mounting string the kit provides with a stranded stainless steel wire with a loop on each end, one through the front motor tube spacer disk which has a split piece of dowel glued to the back side where the loop goes through, the other loop for recovery elastic mounting is about an inch short of the nose end of the airframe tube. I also got the LOC 38/29 motor tube adapter since I will mostly be flying the LOC IV on F and G motors. Since the local model rocket club only launches once a month near the end of each month I haven't had a chance to fly it yet, but based on the experiences of others who have built and flown the LOC IV I expect it will fly as well as it builds. " (B.P. )

SPECIFIC ROCKET TIP:
10/02 - "The LOC IV now comes with a 38mm motor mount and fins that go all the way to the motor mount tube. I built one of these kits recently. It is simple, strong and fun to fly." (M.S.W. )

SPECIFIC ROCKET TIP:
06/02 - "Before I built the Loc IV, I built a Loc Aura. Despite some big fillets, it's de-finned a couple of times. I didn't want that for the Loc IV, so I fabricated my own TTW fins. I epoxied in the front centering ring, epoxied the fins to the engine tube, and then fiberglassed the fins to the engine tube. Finished up with good epoxy fillets all around and then epoxied in the rear centering ring. No problems with the fins coming off on this rocket. " (E.G. )

SPECIFIC ROCKET TIP:
03/02 - "I would strongly recommend fiberglassing the fins. They go through the wall but don't go all the way to motor mount. On my first flight one fin broke off upon landing so I went back and re-finished the fins with glass. I ran a continuous sheet from the tip of one, across the tube to the tip of another (repeat for all three). Flies well on a G64-4 or G80-4." (J.W. of RMR )

SPECIFIC ROCKET TIP:
03/02 - "Also add t-nuts to the rear centering ring to use in holding the reload in and not ejecting the casing." (J.B. of RMR )

SPECIFIC ROCKET TIP:
03/02 - "Add a third centering ring at the top of the fin tab to prevent crushing the fin canister on rough landings. Perhaps extend the motor mount and create an ORI type baffle in the stuffer tube space." (B.K. of RMR )

[Enter Flight Log]
Date Name Motor Ejection/
Altitude
Wind Notes
04-10-2010 Mike Armstrong AT SU G78-4 Apogee - Perfect 10+ mph winds Purple Haze - First flight. 29mm G-78 worked great. Got up to about 1,000'. I will use this rocket for my L1 certification. A great kit and fun to fly. Good landing on a 18 chute in high wind.
06-12-2010 Mike Armstrong Ces RLD H123-7 Apogee - NC Up 0-5 mph winds Event: NEFAR Half Blast
Purple Haze - Level 1 certification. Textbook flight. Nice flight to about 1300'. Landed about 75 yards from the pad. Cert Flight: L1
06-12-2010 Mike Armstrong Ces RLD I350-14 Just Past (1-2sec) 0-5 mph winds Event: NEFAR Half Blast
Purple Haze - Great flight and good motor for this rocket. Wind picked up, had about a half mile walk. Hung up on power lines, but the wind seperated the chute and nosecone from the shock cord. Easy recovery
08-03-2006 Moe Bertrand AT RMS H180-M Apogee - Perfect 5-10 mph winds Event: NARAM-48
- Pre-Level 1 certification test flight. L1 certified friend prepped motor while I prepped recovery system. Beautiful flight...dead straight boost, flawless recovery...looking forward to my L1 attempt with this bird in September.
09-09-2006 Moe Bertrand AT RMS H128-M Apogee - Perfect 0-5 mph winds Flight PictureEvent: Rainbow Valley
- SSS Monthly Launch - 2nd flight of my LOC IV. Perfect boost and ejection. Recovered a couple hundred yards from launch pad. Ready for more!!! Cert Flight: L1
02-09-2008 Moe Bertrand AT RMS H180-L Apogee - Perfect Calm Flight PictureEvent: Rainbow Valley
- Another great flight of my LOC IV. I like the H180 motor with this rocket.
05-10-2008 Moe Bertrand AT RMS I285-Altim Apogee - Perfect
(1980 ft)
Light winds Flight PictureEvent: Rainbow Valley
- Nice dual deploy flight of my repaired/rebuilt LOC IV. PerfectFlite HiAlt45k worked perfectly though I was a bit overzealous with the main charge and got a 6inch zipper and a charred chute. Repairable.
03-08-2008 Moe Bertrand AT RMS I285-Altim None - Electronics Fail Calm RIPFlight PictureEvent: Rainbow Valley
- LOC IV converted to dual deploy with e-bay in middle. Great boost on the Redline...arced over at apogee and proceeded to re-kit itself on impact. Determined to be my wiring of the charges through switches. Status: Lawn Dart
10-15-2005 Donald Besaw AT RMS H242-M Just Past (1-2sec) 5-10 mph winds - Beautiful first flight, jumped off the pad like a bullet up to maybe 1,800 feet. Excellent recovery, moderate walk. No damage.
01-21-2006 Donald Besaw AT RMS H123-M Just Past (1-2sec) 5-10 mph winds - Very nice flight, nice straight boost up to maybe 2,000 feet. Great recovery, had a long walk for recovery. No damage.
02-18-2006 Donald Besaw AT RMS H148-M Just Past (1-2sec) 0-5 mph winds - Beautiful flight, nice quick punch off the pad, bright red flame. Great recovery, landed close to pad. No damage.
04-29-2006 Donald Besaw AT RMS G61-S Just Past (1-2sec) 10+ mph winds - First use of the 38/120, nice motor. Flew nicely to maybe 600-700 feet. Unfortunately the chute tangled and landed hard, broke a fin. No other damage.
07-15-2006 Donald Besaw AT RMS H73-M Just Past (1-2sec) 5-10 mph winds - Very nice flight, slow and smokey. Had a slight wiggle on the way up. Moderate to long drift on recovery. No damage.
11-03-2007 Donald Besaw AT RMS G67-S Just Past (1-2sec) 5-10 mph winds - Great little flight on the G67R. Nice straight boost to maybe 600-700 feet. Short drift on recovery. No damage.
12-01-2007 Donald Besaw AT RMS H242-M Just Past (1-2sec) 5-10 mph winds - Great flight, the H242T is an awesome motor. Nice fast punch off the pad to maybe 2,000 feet. Moderate drift on recovery and landed perfectly on top of a hill. No damage.
09-06-2008 Donald Besaw Ces RLD G69-5 Just Past (1-2sec) 0-5 mph winds - Great flight on the 1 grain Classic Propellant G69. Reached maybe 700 feet, short drift on recovery. No damage.
09-06-2008 Donald Besaw Ces RLD H153-10 Apogee - NC Down 0-5 mph winds - Awesome flight on the 2 grain H153. Shot off the pad straight as an arrow to maybe 2,000 feet. Rather long drift on recovery despite nearly calm conditions. No damage.
08-01-2009 Donald Besaw AT RMS I245-M Didn't See
(3,000 ft)
0-5 mph winds - Awesome flight, really roared off the pad. Arrow straight boost to at least 3,000 feet and hung in the sky for what seemed like forever. Total flight time was over 3 minutes. Landed on the road and dinged up a fin. No other damage.
06-29-2003 Giacomo Bosso AT RMS H97-6 Apogee - NC Down Calm - L1 flight: super straight boost to about 1200', perfect recovery; great performer. Cert Flight: L1
11-27-2004 Brian Charnigo AT RMS G64-7 Very Late
(2335 ft)
0-5 mph winds Executioner - Rocket angled off launch rod immediately. With long delay the rocket went bullistic during ejection causing a 4 inch zipper. Altitude is incorrect as the rocket angled toward the trackers. Zipper repaired.
03-18-2007 Edward Chess AT RMS H123-10 Didn't See 5-10 mph winds Event: WOOSH-Mar-07
- This was my NAR HPR L1 cert flight. Thanks to Scott Goebbels from WOOSH for the mentoring. Cert Flight: L1
06-02-2007 Edward Chess AT RMS H123-10 Didn't See 5-10 mph winds Event: NSL-2007
- Around 2400 feet. Good chute deploy, very long walk to find one fin broken off and missing, another fin cracked.
08-09-2008 Edward Chess AT RMS I154-10 Very Late 5-10 mph winds RIPEvent: WOOSH ECOF 2008
- Extension added to allow dual deployment. Windcocked very badly, so did not get good altitude, ballistic reentry, very late motor ejection, electronics did not deploy main, rocket lost in swamp! A bad day at Bong.... Status: Lost
02-02-2002 Bryan Chuck AT RMS G64-7 Apogee - NC Down 0-5 mph winds Gone' Fishin' - Maiden flighd for my 2nd LOC IV. Slight weather-cocking off the rail into a pleasant cruising boost. Mandatory dirt smudges on the fins. A fine first flight.
12-11-2005 Christopher Crews AT RMS H123-M Apogee - Perfect
(2000ft est. ft)
5-10 mph winds Event: MDRA #92
- Perfect level 1 flight! Straight boost and ejected right at apogee. Estimated at 2000ft. Cracked a fin fillet on landing, but its an easy fix. Cert Flight: L1
03-20-1999 Dave Hanson AT RMS G64-4 Apogee-Perfect Light winds -
05-15-1999 Dave Hanson AT RMS G64-4 Apogee-Perfect Light winds - popped a fin loose on landing. Easily repaired.
06-26-1999 Dave Hanson AT RMS H128-M Apogee-Perfect Calm -
08-28-1999 Dave Hanson AT RMS H128-M Apogee-Perfect Calm -
09-11-1999 Dave Hanson AT RMS H128-M Apogee-Perfect Calm -
10-09-1999 Dave Hanson AT RMS H238-M Very Early Light winds - Suffered blow-by. Sustained major zipper damage but has been fixed and is ready to fly again
02-03-2007 Dave Hein AT SU G80-4 Just Before 5-10 mph winds Event: Club Launch/Hutto, Tx
- Maiden flight. Landed about 200 yards from launch pad.
02-03-2007 Dave Hein Ces RLD H153-6 Didn't See 5-10 mph winds Event: Club Launch/Hutto, Tx
- Successful flight. Landed in a tree, but was able to easily recover. Cert Flight: L1
04-01-2007 Dave Hein RoadR SU G80-4 Apogee - Perfect 5-10 mph winds - Amateur Rocketeers of Texas Launch at Meek Ranch, TX. Perfect launch and recovery.
05-19-2007 Dave Hein RoadR SU G80-4 Apogee - Perfect 5-10 mph winds - Amateur Rocketeers of Texas launch at Meek Ranch. Went straight up to about 700 feet. Landed about 300 feet from the pad.
06-02-2007 Dave Hein RoadR SU G80-4 Apogee - Perfect
(608 ft)
0-5 mph winds Event: Club launch at Granger Lake, Texas
- Added a payload section carrying and altimeter.
08-11-2007 Dave Hein Ces RLD I205-9 Apogee - Perfect
(2,730 ft)
0-5 mph winds Event: Hearne, TX
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08-19-2000 Alex Immerman AT EconoJet G35-4 Apogee - NC Down 0-5 mph winds Flight 1 - Very nice boost, straight and fast. Easily recovered on a medium sized field. Overall good flight.
09-09-2000 Alex Immerman AT EconoJet G35-4 Apogee - NC Up Calm Flight 2 - Again, a very straight and quick boost. Well-timed ejection, recovery pretty close to the pads.
03-17-2001 Arthur Johnson AT RMS G64-4 Apogee - Perfect 10+ mph winds Screamin' Katherine III - Pre-certification flight. Took 3 attempts to get engine lit -- I hate copper heads -- but provided an awesome flight. Next flight Level 1 cert.!
04-28-2001 Arthur Johnson AT SU G80-4 Apogee - NC Down 5-10 mph winds Screamin' Katherine III - Very impressed with this rocket. As with the previous flight, this too was very impressive and pleasing.
04-28-2001 Arthur Johnson AT SU H55-6 Apogee - NC Up 5-10 mph winds Screamin' Katherine III - Level 1 Cert. flight. All around good flight that landed in trees, was recovered, and qualified me to fly bigger engines! Cert Flight: L1
10-18-2001 Chris Kiekens AT RMS G75-6 Just Past (1-2sec) 5-10 mph winds - This was my first flight on a reload, and boy was it great!Great flight, slightly wind-cocked, hit the only patch of asphalt around..minor paint damage, one fillet cracked, no big deal.
10-27-2002 David Logan AT SU G80-4 Apogee - Perfect 0-5 mph winds - Text book flight, deployed with rocket parallel to ground. This will be my L1 rocket, so I test flew it with the G80T. Recovered at 200 ft on a 36 inch chute.
11-30-2002 David Logan AT RMS H238-6 Very Early 10+ mph winds - Supposed to be my L1 flight, ejection was half a second after burnout, 2ft zipper, eyebolt ripped from top CR. Rocket is repairable. Fins survived ok with notched CR in middle of tabs.
02-28-2004 David Logan AT RMS H238-10 Just Past (1-2sec) 0-5 mph winds - Delay was a little long, but only suffered cosmetic damage. Successful level 1 certification flight!! This one is built heavier than stock, weighs in at 40 oz empty. Cert Flight: L1
06-26-2004 David Logan AT RMS G64-4 Apogee - Perfect 0-5 mph winds - Beautiful flight, love those G64's. Lot's of flame, smoke, and noise. Recovered 150 feet away using stock 36 inch chute.
06-27-2004 David Logan AT RMS G64-4 Apogee - Perfect 0-5 mph winds - Another beautiful flight. Landed about 200 feet from pads.
09-17-2005 David Logan AT RMS H128-M Apogee - Perfect 0-5 mph winds - Beautiful boost, and decent. Landed hard on one fin, and snapped it off. This is the older one without tabs to the motor mount. Recovered about 30 yards out on stock 36 inch chute.
06-04-2006 David Logan AT RMS H128-M Apogee - Perfect 5-10 mph winds Event: Southern Thunder 06
LOC 4.2 - Nice high boost. Body flew into chute and tangled in shroud lines. Chute opened enough to let it fall horizontal, with no damage to new fins.
10-08-2006 David Logan AT RMS H180-M Apogee - Perfect 5-10 mph winds Event: Bluegrass Blast 06
- The best flight I've ever had with this one. Picture perfect boost, deployment, and decent. Flew to around 2000 feet, and landed about 200 yards away on stock 36 inch chute.
12-10-2000 Roger McMinn AT RMS H97-10 Apogee - Perfect 0-5 mph winds - Extended Loc IV on successful Dual-deployment attempt :^) RRC2 indicated 1082' Main deployed at 400'
10-07-2000 Todd Mullen AT RMS H180-10 Apogee - Perfect 0-5 mph winds - Good flight - chipped a fin on the only patch of asphalt within 500 sq yards
11-05-2005 Alex Rothchild AT RMS G64-4 Apogee - NC Up 0-5 mph winds - Perfect flight. Copperhead lit the reload right up. Took a little bit of time to pressurize, but once it did it shot off the pad. AT reloads are great.
05-22-2010 Dwayne Shmel AT RMS G76-10 Just Past (1-2sec) 0-5 mph winds Event: Monthly Launch
- Delay drilled down to about 8 seconds. Deployed a little late but still a great flight and perfect recovery.
06-19-2010 Dwayne Shmel AT RMS F22-5 None - Underpowered 5-10 mph winds Flight PictureEvent: Solstice Launch
- Went up only 200' or so. Even though I drilled out he delay charge, the delay was too long and rocket lawn darted in road. OUCH, but reparable.
06-26-2010 Dwayne Shmel AT RMS H97-10 Very Late 0-5 mph winds Event: Monthly Launch
- Drilled out about a second of the medium delay and that was still not enough. Rocket was horizontal during deployment. Slight zipper of BT. Video KeyFob attached.
07-24-2010 Dwayne Shmel Ces RLD H120-7 Just Past (1-2sec) 10+ mph winds Event: Monthly Launch
- Cesaroni H90 Classic
07-31-2010 Dwayne Shmel Ces RLD H140-7 Apogee - NC Down 10+ mph winds Flight PictureEvent: NARAM-52
- Cesaroni 29mm 3-grain H133 Blue Streak motor (not in EMRR database)
08-01-2010 Dwayne Shmel AT RMS H250-7 Apogee - NC Down 5-10 mph winds Flight PictureEvent: NARAM-52
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09-04-2010 Dwayne Shmel AT RMS H238-10 Very Late 10+ mph winds Event: Monthly Launch
- Forgot to drill out the delay. Late deployment but still okay. Lost a fin on landing. Need to repair.
06-23-2007 Jeff Taylor AT RMS H180-M Apogee - Perfect 0-5 mph winds Event: MASA June Launch
Miss Fire - Built with anti-zipper design. Succesful L1 attempt. Perfect flight. No damage. Landed 580 ft from pad. Awesome! Cert Flight: L1
09-30-2001 Richard Valenti AT EconoJet G35-4 Apogee - Perfect
(1000 ft)
Calm Flame Thrower - Great launch, slow, with lots of smoke, noise, and flame. Cruised to about 1000' and big red chute popped out on time. Slow descent, could have caught it in air. Landed 25 feet from launch box. First flight.
10-14-2001 Richard Valenti AT EconoJet G38-4 Apogee - Perfect Calm Flame Thrower - Blackmax motor, lots of black smoke.Jumped off the pad.Flew straight up just about out of sight.Big red chute popped out perfectly.Big chute, slow descent BUT popped a fin.Will epoxy fillet all fins.
02-23-2002 Richard Valenti AT EconoJet G35-4 Apogee - Perfect Calm Flamethrower - Copperhead ignited. Used a white lightening. Smoke and flame to about 1000'. Big red chute popped right on time. Down within 100' of the pad. Great flight. Temp about zero.
06-23-2002 Richard Valenti AT EconoJet G35-4 Apogee - Perfect 0-5 mph winds Flamethrower - 3rd light worked but took about 10 seconds.Low battery.Just about to approach and it shot up loud and smokey.Went to about 1000ft.Spectators loved it.Chute out and came down about 150ft away.Nice ending to a good day.
07-13-2002 Richard Valenti AT EconoJet G35-4 Apogee - Perfect 0-5 mph winds Flame Thrower - Great takeoff.Took time to build up pressure.Up to apogee and popped chute.Perfect flight on same old reliable motor.Recovered about 75 feet out.Popped fin on hardpack.Had filleted fins but landed on only road within a 1/2 mile.Fix and good to go again.
02-23-2003 Richard Valenti AT RMS F52-5 Apogee - NC Down Calm Flamethrower - First use of 29mm reloadable.Blue T took it up slow off rod.Used long rod.Up to about 600ft and chute almost popped.Came down with chute in tube but came out at about 200ft.Chute did not deploy due to cold.Streamered in about 50 ft out.10degrees above
03-23-2003 Richard Valenti AT EconoJet G35-4 Apogee - NC Down Calm Flamethrower - No light X1.Lit 2nd time and up quick with flame, smoke, and noise as usual.Looked like it was going to end up in woods but slowly drifted down about 25ft from pad.Could have caught it.Audience liked it.15 degrees above
07-17-2003 Richard Valenti AT EconoJet G35-4 Apogee - NC Up Calm Flamethrower - On pad for about 2 secs with flame/smoke.Up to pressure and off with a roar, smoke, and flame.About 1200-1500ft.Big red chute came out drifted down nice and slow.Down about 200 ft on top of dike.2 fins off, repairable.Nice launch, crowd loved it.

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