OK, I'll admit it. The BAR bug bit me and sunk its teeth in deep.
Two weeks ago, my wife and I were at Sams Wholesale Club...waaayyy back in
the corner where the damaged items and the toys are. Lo, and behold, a
Quest Renegade RTF Starter kit display called out my name. It was pretty
slick looking. Rocket, launch pad, launcher, three engines...all for just
a penny under $10. Check out the Sams near you to see if they have them!
After tomorrow's visit, we will have purchased FIVE sets: Two for
me (when you can get a whole other kit for $5 more than just the engines,
why NOT?), one for my nephew's birthday, and two to donate at Christmas
time to make some children's eyes light up and maybe plant a bug that will
last for years. Of course, there will probably be a couple of B and C
motors and an instruction sheet thrown in for good measure, too.
Anyway.... The memory of building my Estes Fireaero completely on
my own and having it fly perfectly rushed back to me. So now, I have most
of the R.M.R FAQ printed out, Magnum's pricelist, $16 worth of catalogs,
and the March High Power Rocketry. I'm hoping that this information
overload will burn out the "must buy big rocket" circuit that was turned on
in my brain, but the outlook for that isn't good. :)
After spending many hours browsing the web and figuring out basic
terms, I came across www.discountrocketry.com and saw a photo of the
Aerotech Initiator Starter Kit. Actually seeing a photo was a big help and
it looks like a nice kit. It looks like a good first LMR and from the
posts to r.m.r. about it, I think it would be a wise investment.
If I could impose upon the knowledge of the group, I would
sincerely appreciate some advice from those who have been here, done this,
and are now on to bigger and better things (which is where I'd like to be).
#1 I get the impression that this kit builds fairly easily. I'm
not biting off more than I can chew, am I? The Fireaero's fins went on
perfectly without the benefit of slots in the tube, so I'm confident I
could attach these. :) My work schedule is 60 hours a week, plus two
hours drive time each day, so I don't have a lot of time to spend on a
long build time kit.
#2 Should I get the kit or the rocket and RMS engine set and build my
own pad and launch control? If the later, can someone send me the circuit
that you use for the continuity check?
#3 AeroTech is based in Las Vegas, and I might be moving there, so I'm
kind of partial to them. However, if anyone has any other kit suggestions,
I'm all ears!
#4 AeroTech's Motor Matrix lists up to a G class engine and a
possible altitude of 2,000 feet. The RMS 29 40-120 casing is about 5"
long. Are the reload grains all the same physical size but pack different
chemical "whallops"? Is the power difference due to a different sized hole
in the middle? (Thanks to the MotorTutor software for the knowledge
booster there!) The kit comes with an E and F White Lightning
reloads. Since no hobby shop around here even knew what a reload was, what
variety of reloads should I order with the kit? Should I even mess with
buying a G? My grandma has 40 acres, 32 of which are fields. Is this big
enough for that kind of flight or is that a HP launch site thing?
#5 Anyone around Springfield, Missouri? St. Louis and Tulsa
aren't exactly close. :(
Thanks for letting me bug you all! I really appreciate the help.