I'm doing an upscale Streak, which is basically a Mosquito in disguise.
How upscale are you going ? Mine is 5.5x with a CTI 2 grain Pro38 for my
level one certification flight. I'm using dual deployment, with motor
at apogee separating the body right where the leading edge of the fins are.
Then at 400 ft my RRC2 will blow off the nosecone and deploy a chute for
a nice, soft landing.
Enjoy your skeeter...
If it's a major upscale, dump rear ejection and blow the nose.
I've been flying a BT-80 (3.6x) Streak for over a decade. It's often
mistaken for a Mosquito, but us old timers recognize the difference in fin
sweep. Besides, you have it backwards: the Mosquito is a Streak in disguise.
The Streak predates the Mosquito by about a decade.
The Streak was my very first rocket launched, back in 1964. It made 3
flights on 1/4A.8-4 motors before being lost. I built the 3.6x Streak for my
30th anniversary celebration in 1994. In 1999 at NSL in Huntsville, it was
autographed by Homer Hickam, and retired. A 5.6x Streak has on my TUIT list
for about a decade now.
Bob Kaplow NAR # 18L TRA # "Impeach the TRA BoD"
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You're right. I was remembering in reverse and reached the Mosquito first
as my mental tape re-wound.
Same here. Couldn't afford much in the way of GSE so the launch rod was
just stuck in the ground. Eight 'D' size batteries soldered together in
(still remember the burn I got assembling them) and a push-button switch
dontated by my Dad heated up the nichrome coil I had carefully wrapped
around a pencil point. Lost mine on the second flight :-(
Remember using a plug of toilet paper to hold the ignition coil in place ?
Times change. The reload H143SS for my Level 1 cert flight is going to
cost more than I spent on my first three years (about 12 rockets) in the
What was the name of the Centuri model that looked like a Mosquito? Was that the
My little brother had that when we were kids back in the late '60s, and I had
one up. The Micron I think was the name of it. It had streamer recovery.
A girl at our last launch had a upscale Mosquito flying on a G55 (Was
planning to fly an H, but desided not to after an hour of failed
launches trying to get igniters to lite the G). It was the first time
she had ever flown it and not broken a fin off, so i'd say its a good
idea to land nose first.
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