If you have followed this group for a while, you know I have been touting
this somewhat obscure goal of Launching and finding and rlaunching a stock
Estes Mostuito numerous times. It started two years ago when I saw a post
that talked about someone who had done it 17 times, and everyone who
responded was quite dubious that this was possible. Since then, my son (8
years old) and I have built a 'Skeeter and carefully logged our launches by
scratchign hash marks on one fin. Almost a year ago, we got up to 17, thus
tieing the record. Then we lost our nerve, and refused to launch it unless
there was no wind, no long grass, no soft snow, and if the planets were not
In the meantime, quite a few of you have responded to my earlier messages
about this effort, and again and again, I have heard that most of you
consider the Mosquito to be a one-time-only rocket, and have little or no
hope of finding the little sucker. Well, I assure you, the things can be
found. One trick we learned was to circle our friends about 100+ feet
around the launch rod, and then carefully listen for the sound of the
engine hitting the ground. Then follow a more-or-less staight line from the
launch rod, past the engine, and that is about where the Mosquito will
be... sometimes... maybe..., if you are lucky.
Well yesterday, we got fed up with waiting, and desite the fact that we had
a 10-20 mph wind, we went for it. First we launched our Quark, to determine
the appropriate angle (maybe 20 degrees), and it came down about 75 feet
upwind. Figured that should be a good indicator... But the 'Skeeter went up
on a 1/2A (I told you we are not as courageous as we were earlier in this
quest, when we alternated 1/2's with full A's!!!), and it came down 150
feet down wind. Took a while to find, but I imperiously ordered everyone in
attendance to promise not to leave 'til we found the ***, which took
maybe 5 minutes. Then we circled around and had a group photo taken, which
I will post when the film is processed........
So now we proudly hold the record, unofficial though it may be. It is
official around here, anyway. We plan to get a glass dome and I will turn a
nice base, to make a display case for the invaluable and exalted little
wisp of balsa and paper. The fins are a bit charred and corroded on the
inside corner, from so many launches, but otherwise, it looks good.
SSSSOOOOOOOOOO.... what do you think of our lunacy? Are you tempted to
follow our lead and try to better our record? Be forewarned that we are
prepared to dis-enshrine our rocket and launch it again if need be, to keep
up with your attempts to beat us out. We will not go down without a fight!
Or does our pitiful attempt to glorify our silly achievment make you just
laugh 'til you wet your pants?
In our defense, if you mock us, we do regularly build and launch much
larger stuff, including everything up to G powered scratch-builts, so we
aren't the wimps you might take us for...... At least my wife says I'm not
a wimp, ........
Anyway, we love to get feedback, so tell us what you think.....
Peter and Tom Bloch, NAR71976