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Forum: Model Rocket History 09-16-2018, 08:39 AM
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Posted By blackshire
Jeff, thank you very much for this information,...

Jeff, thank you very much for this information, and for posting the MRI catalog's table! (I had forgotten that MRI was the predecessor of MPC and AVI--cudgel my memory--but Asallam bless yours!) In...
Forum: Model Rocket History 09-16-2018, 02:41 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 109
Posted By blackshire
MPC T15/20 transition length?

Hello All,

Does anyone here know the length of the MPC T15/20 balsa body tube adapter (they called it a coupler--it was Stock Number 3-1601, see:...
Forum: Scale & Sport Scale Rocketry 09-04-2018, 01:51 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 8,298
Posted By blackshire
NOW it's starting to look...dangerous (the same...

NOW it's starting to look...dangerous (the same way an AIM-9L, or any pit viper does!). :-)
Forum: FreeForAll 08-22-2018, 09:56 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 712
Posted By blackshire
I've been told that as well, by multiple people...

I've been told that as well, by multiple people (about Windows 10's mining and synching proclivities--my physical therapist wants to switch her laptop back to Windows 7). Thank you for the tip about...
Forum: FreeForAll 08-22-2018, 04:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 712
Posted By blackshire
Yes--when reproduced at the lower, intended...

Yes--when reproduced at the lower, intended resolution, the Luna 3 photographs were scientifically usable, although the resolution led to the mistaken identification of the Soviet Mountains, which...
Forum: FreeForAll 08-22-2018, 03:54 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 712
Posted By blackshire
A friend of mine works for a railway company in...

A friend of mine works for a railway company in the UK, whose ^new^ equipment--which was long in development--runs on Windows XP. He writes his own software, and switched back to Windows 7 after...
Forum: FreeForAll 08-18-2018, 10:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 712
Posted By blackshire
I don't remember saying that, or if I did, when...

I don't remember saying that, or if I did, when (I'm not saying that you're wrong). I have this Acer desktop computer (running Windows 7) that I bought in 2016 or so (before then, I was using a ~15...
Forum: FreeForAll 08-18-2018, 09:25 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 712
Posted By blackshire
I know--that famous night shot of Pioneer 1 on...

I know--that famous night shot of Pioneer 1 on the pad shortly before launch is iconic. Pioneer 0 was launched during the day, and Pioneer 2 also went at night (see:...
Forum: FreeForAll 08-18-2018, 02:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 712
Posted By blackshire
Ah...that's an apropos large-format,...

Ah...that's an apropos large-format, "patina-ed" picture of the first-ever--and NASA's first--deep space probe. As a "vanity/historic recreation" project, it would be interesting to launch a Pioneer...
Forum: FreeForAll 08-18-2018, 10:40 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 712
Posted By blackshire
1st Moonshot yesterday...

Hello All,

I would have posted this yesterday (when it occurred *60* years ago), but I just got my computer back after a long stint in the local repair shop:

On August 17, 1958, the first attempt...
Forum: Scale & Sport Scale Rocketry 07-31-2018, 12:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 359
Posted By blackshire
2 Hawk kit review videos

Here (see: www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2D0L9ZoMPQ and www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-sg8UFbsLM ) are two video reviews of the Round 2 Space: 1999 Hawk kit.
Forum: Scale & Sport Scale Rocketry 07-30-2018, 11:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 359
Posted By blackshire
Space: 1999 Hawk PMC kit

Hello All,

PMC (Plastic Model Conversion) model rocket fans will soon be able to build Space: 1999 Hawk kits (and perhaps Eagle Transporters, too). Round 2 Models (the same folks who make the...
Forum: FreeForAll 07-23-2018, 12:32 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 271
Posted By blackshire
Contest accounts needed!

Hello All,

Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, a British biologist I correspond with, needs accounts of folksí sports experiences, including while engaged in model rocketry and HPR rocketry competition. I canít...
Forum: FreeForAll 07-22-2018, 04:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 403
Posted By blackshire
Near Young Harris, Georgia, in the Blue Ridge...

Near Young Harris, Georgia, in the Blue Ridge Mountains (within a few hundred yards of the Georgia/North Carolina border), in the late 1970s or early 1980s, we saw a series of nightly barium...
Forum: FreeForAll 07-19-2018, 10:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 403
Posted By blackshire
That's rather expensive even for HPR folks, and...

That's rather expensive even for HPR folks, and even more so for model rocketeers (that would require many A10-3Ts, and even quite a few D12 motors)...
Forum: FreeForAll 07-19-2018, 10:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 403
Posted By blackshire
That was part of what endeared me to that...

That was part of what endeared me to that video--it's one of those, "it's so bad that its's good" ones--and the comment about his having more tables (to replace the burned-up one) is priceless... :-)
Forum: FreeForAll 07-19-2018, 02:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 403
Posted By blackshire
Cesium-lofting?

Hello All,

There are other payloads besides eggs that would be interesting to loft aboard model rockets, like, say, cesium, which has been used as an ion engine propellant:...
Forum: Scale & Sport Scale Rocketry 07-10-2018, 08:08 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 8,298
Posted By blackshire
No--that would mean a l-o-n-g walk, and in two...

No--that would mean a l-o-n-g walk, and in two directions...
Forum: Scale & Sport Scale Rocketry 07-09-2018, 09:29 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 8,298
Posted By blackshire
Indeed--you'll be able to say, "I not only...

Indeed--you'll be able to say, "I not only designed and built a scale model, but I had a scale experience in creating it, too!" :-)
Forum: Scale & Sport Scale Rocketry 07-09-2018, 09:15 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 8,298
Posted By blackshire
You will be able to vicariously experience what...

You will be able to vicariously experience what the builders of WRESAT, Australia's first satellite (orbited by a surplus, Redstone-based SPARTA vehicle, see:...
Forum: Scale & Sport Scale Rocketry 06-27-2018, 10:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,045
Posted By blackshire
That's a pretty 'un--thank you for updating your...

That's a pretty 'un--thank you for updating your progress on this model! As much as I like film photography, I must admit that pictures of rockets with fluorescent red, red-orange, and yellow...
Forum: Kit Collecting 06-27-2018, 05:28 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,994
Posted By blackshire
Indeed--just as Pliny the Elder likely wasn't...

Indeed--just as Pliny the Elder likely wasn't known as that until his nephew Pliny the Younger was born (or became prominent in his field of endeavor).
Forum: Kit Collecting 06-27-2018, 05:11 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,994
Posted By blackshire
It's a retroactive name, if not a retronym (like...

It's a retroactive name, if not a retronym (like how number-dial watches and clocks came to be called analog watches and clocks after digital watches and clocks came into common use). For example,...
Forum: Kit Collecting 06-23-2018, 02:49 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,994
Posted By blackshire
I used to be scale-obsessive, but not anymore,...

I used to be scale-obsessive, but not anymore, and I share your glee that this kit is coming out! I was just thinking about customization possibilities.
Forum: Kit Collecting 06-23-2018, 02:29 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,994
Posted By blackshire
Thank you for posting that picture. There were...

Thank you for posting that picture. There were some hardware differences between the different rounds, though (the booster/capsule adapter section and the escape tower aerospike), and there were some...
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