[Vonage.com] Rocket commercial

I believe on MSNBC (Imus) I saw a Vonage commercial with model rockets
prominent in it.
However they were "misused".
Don't complain. It was funny and obviously staged.
:)
Jerry
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Jerry Irvine
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-- Bob Cox ----------------------------------------------- Jerry Irv> I believe on MSNBC (Imus) I saw a Vonage commercial with model rockets > prominent in it. > > However they were "misused". > > Don't complain. It was funny and obviously staged. > > :) > > Jerry > > -- > Jerry Irvine, Box 1242, Claremont, California 91711 USA > Opinion, the whole thing. > Please bring common sense back to rocketry administration. (too late) > Produce then publish.
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Bob Cox
I'm almost afraid to ask: who is the parent company of Vonage?
Bob Kaplow NAR # 18L TRA # "Impeach the TRA BoD" >>> To reply, remove the TRABoD!
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Bob Kaplow
Hope folks out there don't start thinking that this sort of thing happens all the time with our models. Did see a Fatboy on an E9-4 lurch off the pad taking the launch rod with it. It went up 40 or 50 feet, turned 90 degrees and went parallel to the ground. As it made the 90 degree turn, the rod feel off and it continued the flight horizontally and I could see the entire flight. I could appreciate the slight ballistic drop from gravity and the ejection charge blew a great chute out. Took like 3 seconds to land. :)
Kurt Savegnago
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Kurt
How is that even possible? Could someone "seasoned" enough to be flying E-motors; actually be careless enough to launch something that was too tight on the rod, or with a rod that loose/unsecure?
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Greg Heilers
Sci-fi has been running a commercial for a new show 'Master Blasters', or something like that. It shows one model exploding in mid air about 8 ft. above the pad (big fireball too), and another doing low loops over the ground.
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John Bowles
Not only possible but witnessed by a large number of people. Simply the rod was apparently loose, the modeler didn't notice any binding on the launch lug and the event occured. Tim Lehr of Wildman Rocketry was announcing. I think if the rod hadn't fallen off, it would have crashed. After the direction changed 90 degrees, the rod fell off and the rocket flew normally albeit at 90 degrees. It was a feak occurrence and nothing further happened during the launch. The young lady modeler got the rocket back unharmed and launched it up several more times in a normal fashion.
AKS
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Kurt
I believe the show's premise is to show crazy stuff exploding and such.
Several prominent rocketeers will be on one or more episodes.
Brian Elfert
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Brian Elfert
The only time I've had one hang up was with a Centuri Columbia Shuttle but it was from crud build up. I had been flying over 20 years at the time. We had launched approx. 10 times in about 30 minutes and I was busy helping a 4 year old prep her rocket and allowed myself to be distracted.
The rod was plenty tight but should have been cleaned after a couple of flights. The Shuttle made it to within 6" of the top of the rod before the crud locked it tight. Even though it was only a C6, it took the rocket, rod & small Estes pad, about 15 feet in the air, then fell back down, landed in an upright position, with the rocket still on the rod. We could hear the delay burning and then the ejection fired.
After a moment or two, my son who was 9 at the time, started laughing. All my 4 year old daughter said was " Do it again daddy, do it again! She's almost 20 now and always brings it up when she goes flying with me.
Randy
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Sorry, almost forgot. The incident coined a family rocket phrase, "Yogi Bear landing."
For those who don't know, there is a Yogi cartoon where he jumps from a helicopter, hits the ground and then the chute pops.
Randy
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ha ha ha ha!
I've heard the Yogi phrase mentioned before on here.... Good to finally know where it come from..... .I knew it was from The Yogi Bear cartoons but didn't know what actually took place....
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CJC
Yes, and they won. I know the guy who did it, he's in our Civil Air Patrol squadron. There's actually a lot more to the clip, and he went through and described all the things they had to do to get it 'right' at our last big model rocket weekend.
David Erbas-White
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David Erbas-White
There's a music video playing on MTV2, "An Honest Mistake" by The Bravery. The basic storyline is a long, highly involved and pretty fun Rube Goldbergian series of devices. One of them is a crash test dummy in a chair on a rail. The chair is propelled along by what looks like two model rockets mounted on the side. It's only a couple of brief shots, but they look like Estes Big Berthas or maybe Quest Big Bettys and model rocket engines (not HPR). I can't recall if the engines were electrically or fuse lit, though. Anyone else caught it?
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Michael Roy Hollihan

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