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Old 02-15-2013, 11:51 AM
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Default Tercel flight

I recently flew my Tercel for the first time. Overall, it boosted and glided well. I think the glider was a bit nose heavy, it only flew about 20-30s and was moving pretty fast - although the flight attitude was mostly level.... Also, the paint bubbled around the pod motor mount. The hook appears OK - I recall the hooks bond to the pod tube being a bit soft when I picked it up. If I can get it trimmed for a better flight I will report the result. The flight pics are cropped video frames from my phone, sorry about the quality. Ignition by my trusted helper and oldest son Aaron.
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Old 02-16-2013, 04:01 AM
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I recently flew my Tercel for the first time. Overall, it boosted and glided well. I think the glider was a bit nose heavy, it only flew about 20-30s and was moving pretty fast - although the flight attitude was mostly level.... Also, the paint bubbled around the pod motor mount. The hook appears OK - I recall the hooks bond to the pod tube being a bit soft when I picked it up. If I can get it trimmed for a better flight I will report the result. The flight pics are cropped video frames from my phone, sorry about the quality. Ignition by my trusted helper and oldest son Aaron.
I love the lighting! Centuri sold a high-temperature paint for application to such areas on rockets (swept fins, boost-gliders, etc.) that are in close proximity to the motor exhaust plume; today there are even better (ceramic-based, for example) paints like those used on launch pad gantries, that might be available commercially.
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