One of our group had the 'X-ray' model as well, we launched a big bumble bee in it. It survived the trip although it stumbled around for a bit after we recovered the rocket.Had a neighbor that spent a lot of time building the perfect Saturn 5 and had the same thing happen on the first launch. They also sent lizards to their untimely demise in the "X-ray" payload model. My pre-teen budget didn't allow multi engine and multi stage rockets but was glad the neighbor kids had them.
Prolly not.chum said:Probably a couple of rocket bucks, and his stock took a little hit, but he just takes it in stride.
They have some pretty strict rules here about that sort of thing. It's illegal to even have old WW II small arms ammunition that you can find in the ground all over where I live. Weapon and ammo ownership is possible but highly restricted.
Them's some big test articles he's got there...Prototype. Sunk cost in the program most likely. I'm not sure even Lloyds would underwrite Elon's test articles this early in the game. Insurance probably only for damage to others.
You boy is going to be on SNL this weekend...One of our group had the 'X-ray' model as well, we launched a big bumble bee in it. It survived the trip although it stumbled around for a bit after we recovered the rocket.
Like you, I could never afford the big, multi stage, multi engine rockets. That Saturn model was almost $10.00 and that didn't include all of the engines it needed. That was a lot of money in the 1960s.
A few years later we moved to another house and I didn't do any rocket stuff anymore. Back then you could burn your trash outside and we had a burn pit in our back yard. I was burning some stuff and all of a sudden I heard a whooshing noise and smoke was pouring horizontally from the fire. It scared the shit out of me. The next day I was poking in the ashes and I found burned up Estes rocket engine, I believe a 'B' series. So that explained the mystery.
We use to light ours off at Valley Forge... I believe it is a model airplane airport right now. Cool shit back then..I played with the estes stuff too. My dad and I (ok my dad) built a Saturn V model. Flew it a few times. It was pretty anemic with the D motor and didn't really get high enough for a safe chute deployment. So we got some E motors. Apparently there was a bad batch, and we were warned. The motor caught on fire and burned up the bottom of the model. We built another one several years later, but it wasnt as nice of a kit as the first.
We also had an atlas rocket that we flew the balls off of. I still have most of the rockets. Need to move somewhere where I'll have space to hang them up.
In my line of work, we pump stuff in the ground at high pressure; and when I say high pressure, I mean up to 15,000 psi (1000 bars) and at high rate.My favourite is "Departed controlled flight and entered the ocean" for crashed in the ocean .
Second best is "Controlled flight into terrain" for flew into a mountain.
unraveled rocket motors. propellent ground up and packed into 1/2" copper pipe with crimped ends and a couple inches of waterproof fuse stickin out one end.