Mosquito World Record (self-declared) Finally Achieved: 18 launch and recoveries!!!!

Mosquito World Record (self-declared) Finally Achieved: 18 launch and recoveries!!!!

Post by Peter Blo » Mon, 05 Jan 1998 04:00:00



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
aligned correctly.

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

 
 
 

Mosquito World Record (self-declared) Finally Achieved: 18 launch and recoveries!!!!

Post by Peter Blo » Tue, 06 Jan 1998 04:00:00


Follow-up email that I am posting here for all of your interests.......
-------------------------------
Greetings Peter,

I saw your posting this morning about your exploits with the Mosquito.  It
is a fine bird and definatly worth many record attempts.

Our group up here in Oregon launched 116 Mosquitos in a mass launch last
spring.  If you have a browser try http://racsys.rt.rain.com and follow
the appropriate link..

George Rachor

=========================================================

Beaverton, Oregon

 
 
 

Mosquito World Record (self-declared) Finally Achieved: 18 launch and recoveries!!!!

Post by Andrew Pohlma » Tue, 06 Jan 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> <snip>
> 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!

I fly rockets with my son too and I think setting a mosquito record is a
wonderful way to get in quality time.  Finding your mosquito is better
than sitting at home and trying to find Waldo.  I still have a mosquito
I built about 1979 (before my son was born).  It has flown 8 times on
A10 motors and was shelved - until now.  My boy is now 14 and flys his
Python and a fleet of 3 modified Zingers.  I'll see if he wants to
answer your challenge.
 
 
 

Mosquito World Record (self-declared) Finally Achieved: 18 launch and recoveries!!!!

Post by Peter Blo » Tue, 06 Jan 1998 04:00:00


oooh, this is getting fun.... several of you are taking up the challenge......

Perhaps it is a mistake for me to invest in that $10 glass dome, sounds
like it will soon have to be cracked open.

Now as for that young man who has become reluctant to keep risking his
'Skeeter after 7 flights.... I totally understand. When we approached 17,
our rate of actually launches per potnential evetn, went from about 100% to
only 30%. And now, the record breaking launch was delayed again and
again..... in fact, yesterday, it was sitting there on the pad and I was
just about to push the button, and I had this flash that the engine has
been stuck in the rocket for almost a year, ready to go, and maybe it had
gone bad!!!! Not logical, just gut fear about losing our prized baby.

So is Barbie-"skeeter going to be the one to beat our record?

And as for Gnat records... Perhaps 1 launch IS the record, who's to know
unless you  declare it to be a record, and let someone prove otherwise.....
But I have to say that 1 launch is not the level of achievement that I
would be touting (LOL!!!) (I can tease now that I have such a marvelous
achievement of my own to tout!!!!)

And speaking of impressive:::::: the fellow who launched 116 'Skeeters all
at once, from a single pad and a single battery... now that impresses me.
Check out his message in this string from earlier today. he has a web site
where you can see two reat pics of this amazing event.

so keep up the response, and go for the gusto.....

 
 
 

Mosquito World Record (self-declared) Finally Achieved: 18 launch and recoveries!!!!

Post by Peter Blo » Tue, 06 Jan 1998 04:00:00


Quote:
>>Our group up here in Oregon launched 116 Mosquitos in a mass launch last
>>spring.

>How many were recovered?  If it is more than 18, is *that* a record?
>Just wondering.

This would be a DIFFERENT world record....... I would assume the ground
would be littered with the little ***s after such a launch.

Quote:
>And abour a paint scheme, flouro red when launched on a salt lake does
>NOT ensure a speedy recovery.

Let us not go complaining about the difficult times you al have with your
flat lake beds.... Try launching here in the hills and forests of NH!!!!
But more seriosly... what color do you recommend, for those readers who are
forced to suffer with this hostile territory that you describe!!!!
 
 
 

Mosquito World Record (self-declared) Finally Achieved: 18 launch and recoveries!!!!

Post by Peter Blo » Tue, 06 Jan 1998 04:00:00


Quote:
>Our Mosquitos will be launched ONLY with the Estes A10 Motor...and the
>Launch Rod will always be within 5deg of Vertical.

>We will log and diagram all our flights and Hope that the launch site we
>pick will support this.  ;-)

That reminds me, I have been meaning to ask... are Mosquito's "legal"at
official NAR launches.... Isnt there something about a rule on no tumble
recoveries...... just curious, I am not planning to stop launchign the
little ***s becasue of this technicality....... but maybe it would be an
impediment to you.... hate to see that!!!! ((((JUST KIDDING))))

I am impresssed with your bravado about using only A motors...... keep up
the good work.....  But as for limiting launch rod angles..... why would
that be important, where we launch, we would be limited to only a few
opportunities a year

 
 
 

Mosquito World Record (self-declared) Finally Achieved: 18 launch and recoveries!!!!

Post by Lthau » Wed, 07 Jan 1998 04:00:00


SNIP{ some Yada Yada Yada bout' flying this Tiny Double A powered Rocket...

Quote:
}

;-)

Quote:
> 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

After reading this to my wife....

She 'splained' to me that "After she put all that effort into HER Barbie
Colored Mosquito SHE would make sure It was not lost."

(photos to come..)

so..
Your On Bub!!

it may take a few months to get up to the 19 required..but you keep yours
under Glass...wouldnt want you to loose it in the Grass..

Best to ya..
Vito.

 
 
 

Mosquito World Record (self-declared) Finally Achieved: 18 launch and recoveries!!!!

Post by Bill Rowl » Wed, 07 Jan 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

>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.

<SNIP>

Quote:
>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!

AH HAH!  A CHALLENGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Quote:
>Or does our pitiful attempt to glorify our silly achievment make you just
>laugh 'til you wet your pants?

Well, yeah, that too!

Quote:
>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, ........

Mock you? NAY!  Wimp?  I think not!  As everyone knows, just the act
of considering building and launching objects from the lowly ground
into the sky, mocking and laughing at gravity (even if only briefly),
causes physical and biological changes resulting in the evolution of
one from mere human to.....

ROCKETEER!!!!

 A change that transforms the man into the manliest man and the woman
into the most womanly of all.  (Current theory is that the change is
wrought by the sudden rush of adrenaline and hormones stimulated by
the sight and sound of conversion of chemical energy into motion.)

Quote:
>Anyway, we love to get feedback, so tell us what you think.....
>Peter and Tom Bloch, NAR71976

I think it's pretty cool.    I, too, read the posts awhile back about
the "record" and my family and I have been quietly working on it.  So
far we have had three contestant Mosquitos:

Son Steven's - lost on first flight.  (Note - metallic silver is NOT a
good color contrast to grassy areas.)

Son Eric's - 7 total flights so far: 5 flights on 1/2As, 2 flights on
A10s.  Lately Eric seems reluctant to launch it though.

Dad's (uh, that would be me) - 9 total flights so far: 4 flights on
1/2As, 5 flights on A10s.

Also I have one flight (so far) on my Rogue Aerospace Gnat (a
Mosquito-clone with a much lower price -$.99 vs $2.00).  Hey! Does
this mean that I hold the record for the most successful launches and
recoveries of the Gnat?!?!

______________________________________________________________
Bill Rowley
(Re)Born Again Rocketeer
IAR# 101 NAR# 70470SR  TRA# 5363 Level 1

 
 
 

Mosquito World Record (self-declared) Finally Achieved: 18 launch and recoveries!!!!

Post by Lthau » Wed, 07 Jan 1998 04:00:00


Ok Peter...

I think as we said will take you up on this..

But, we being a Better then the Jones' type we are going to adhear to a
Strick Launch Profile.

Our Mosquitos will be launched ONLY with the Estes A10 Motor...and the
Launch Rod will always be within 5deg of Vertical.

We will log and diagram all our flights and Hope that the launch site we
pick will support this.  ;-)

V.



Quote:
> 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

 
 
 

Mosquito World Record (self-declared) Finally Achieved: 18 launch and recoveries!!!!

Post by HighFl.. » Wed, 07 Jan 1998 04:00:00



Quote:

>Our group up here in Oregon launched 116 Mosquitos in a mass launch last
>spring.

How many were recovered?  If it is more than 18, is *that* a record?
Just wondering.

And abour a paint scheme, flouro red when launched on a salt lake does
NOT ensure a speedy recovery.

 
 
 

Mosquito World Record (self-declared) Finally Achieved: 18 launch and recoveries!!!!

Post by Jon38 » Wed, 07 Jan 1998 04:00:00



Quote:
>That reminds me, I have been meaning to ask... are Mosquito's >"legal"at

official NAR launches.... Isnt there something about a >rule on no tumble
recoveries...... just curious, I am not planning to >stop launchign the little
***s becasue of this technicality....... >but maybe it would be an
impediment to you.... hate to see that!!!! >((((JUST KIDDING))))

IIRC, that rule only refers to competition launches.

John O'Donnell  NAR# 60742  Sr. L2                                            
                                                       CSAR Sec.#113

 
 
 

Mosquito World Record (self-declared) Finally Achieved: 18 launch and recoveries!!!!

Post by Tom All » Wed, 07 Jan 1998 04:00:00


Howdy
  I do the same kind of thing with an Estes Black Brant II. I use either
an AT G-80 or G-125. I lose them a lot. The launch is worth it as they
flat disappear. Try one you might suprise your self & get a thrill out
of it.
Tom Allen

 
 
 

Mosquito World Record (self-declared) Finally Achieved: 18 launch and recoveries!!!!

Post by Brent W. Yor » Wed, 07 Jan 1998 04:00:00


<SNIP>

Quote:
> Also I have one flight (so far) on my Rogue Aerospace Gnat (a
> Mosquito-clone with a much lower price -$.99 vs $2.00).  Hey! Does
> this mean that I hold the record for the most successful launches and
> recoveries of the Gnat?!?!

Bill, you've tied my record...the Gnat prototype flew twice -- took about 10
minutes to find it the first time, and I never saw it again after the second
launch (which was on an A engine).

Too bad, the Smithsonian might have wanted it one day...  ;-)

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