The Tripoli Tampa Prefecture has been holding a Buccaneer Blast 2-day launch event for the last ten years. This year’s event was great. The weather was a little warm on Saturday, but it was perfect on Sunday.
This summer’s weather in Tampa has kept the Tripoli Tampa’s launch pasture closed due to excessive water on the field. Finally, the winter pattern started, and the daily thunderstorms have ended. This past weekend was the Buccaneer Blast hosted by Tripoli Tampa and I was able to launch the Callahan’s Express. I planned on launching the rocket on Saturday. After seeing a couple of rockets break apart in flight and watching another one burn up on the launchpad, I decided to put my launch on hold. Not to worry, I did launch it on Sunday. So, read on to see more (including a video).
When I was at the AIRFest 24 launch last Labor Day weekend I met the folks at MAC Performance Rocketry. This company uses canvas phenolic airframes to build very strong rockets that are Mach capable out of the box. I liked what I saw, so I purchased their 54mm scorpion rocket kit with the 38mm motor mount. So, here is the MAC Performance Scorpion.
I attended the St. Lucie Gator Regional Test Launch (SLUGR-T) hosted by Florida Spacemodeling Association on Saturday, September 29, 2018. It was a great time and the drive to the event was worth it. The verbiage of this post will be short, but I am going to add a lot of pictures. So, here is my SLUGR-T Report.
One of the rockets in my arsenal is the LOC Precision Minnie Magg. Produced by LOC Precision up in Wisconsin, it was my Tripoli Level 1 Certification rocket. I call it the “stubby rocket” and I really have enjoyed building it and launching it on numerous occasions including AIRFest 24.
Here is a AIRFest24 report from my experience on the first two days of AIRFest. We had to leave early four our trip back to Florida on Sunday to get people back into school. This was my first time at the Rocket Pasture and I enjoyed my time there immensely.
The Best of the Corps 84 rocket launched occurred on Saturday, September 1st. It was launched from pad 62 on one of the Away Cells at the Kloudbusters annual AIRFest launch event. The actual design and construction of this rocket is documented on this page. I am happy to say that the BOTC84 launch was a success and I received my Tripoli Level Three Certification.
As AIRFest 24 nears, I am packing my tools, expendables, rockets, and equipment in preparation for the launch weekend. AIRFest 24 runs from August 31, 2018 to September 3, 2018. Hundreds of flyers will be attending the event. I will be launching my Level Tripoli Certification candidate, BOTC84; an AeroTech Cheetah; and a LOC Precision Minnie Magg. It has taken quite a bit work getting ready for AIRFest 24.
Blue Tube is finished just about the same way as fiberglass or paper bodies with one exception. Dave Ebersole at Always Ready Rocketry recommends sealing the tube with a sanding sealer. His recommendation is Cabot Sanding Sealer and I used that for the BOTC84 finishing.