As a "born again" rocketeer, I'm seeing terms & such that (usually) make
sense, but some topics either didn't exist when I was working with these
15-20 years ago (or maybe it was the fact that 15 years ago I was in grade
school and not interested in some of these subjects...) With that in mind,
I'd like to know:
What exactly is "reefing" a parachute? the only parachute modification I'm
aware of is cutting out a "spill hole" in the top of a plastic chute, but I
hear references to "reefing" chutes and it seems they are applied to nylon
chutes and chutes considerably larger than 24".
What are/where can I get "microballoons"? What else do I need to know
about using these? I see references to these for strengthening body
tube/fin joints. While I've never had a rocket "shred" on me yet, I
suspect I'll need to know this as I delve into the realm of HPR...
What is C2 (while I'm on the above topic)? Is this cryanoc-whataever
(crazy glue, hot stuff, etc) or is it a newer/better adhesive?
What is the original price of the Estes pro-series Patriot missile? (4-D
engine) When I stopped into a small hobby shop the other day, the
proprieter pointed to a wall with exactly 1 "starter kit" and 3 bagged
models saying "that's my selection at the moment, but if you want, I can
get/order anything out of this catalog" (as he hands me the 96 estes
catalog) Not realizing the pro-patriot is "unavailable" until that very
moment, I asked about that. He has a price of about $62, but his supplier
is "out of stock" [no surpise at this point], but it got me to thinking. I
think I've seen someone asking $80 for it, and I'm wondering if/when Estes
will re-introduce it and if so, how much would it really be worth?
Of course, any other related stories about things you've learned in, say,
the last 20 years of rocketry will be eagerly read and digested/commented