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My boss has five kids and is a big kid himself.  last year he started getting into model rocketry with his oldest son (9yrs).  As you can see, it didn't take him long to graduate from 18 inch models to something a little bit bigger.  He designed and built it from scratch.  it takes a 12lb solid propellant engine!
 
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  And that's legal?!?!    Shocked
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He had to take a couple of classes and be certified to be able to buy the engine and refueling/loading materials.  He joined a sanctioned rocket club that has bonds and insurance.... go figure!
 
His last rocket was a 6 footer.  He launched it in a field next to muliple soccer fields.  He caused 3 different games to be delayed when they all stopped mid-stride to watch that thing go! Smile
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    ONLY in the good 'ol USA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!      Yippee
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That's awesome.
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Yeah and to think.... we're less than 50 miles from the Whitehouse, Pentagon and camp David.... Whacko
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Good Lord. That looks like something those crazies @ Red Jacket Firearms would construct just to blow up later. Hippie
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He said that one good thing came out of building it already.... the neighborhood kids no longer cut through his yard.... Wonder why??? Hippie
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This should be on Larry the Cable Guys show!
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Ed would probably strap himself to it and ride it like a Bronco.
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Originally posted by Glock Glock wrote:

Ed would probably strap himself to it and ride it like a Bronco.
 
Comes to mind.
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  Excellent   GREAT movie!!!
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Good ol' Slim Pickins!
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looks pretty cool bud.  You should see if you can go with him on his next launch and film it for us.
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yeah, I wana play...
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He sent me a video clip of the 6 footer being launched!  The thing made alot of noise and left quite a smoke trail, very impressive!!!  I can't imagine what the big one is going to sound like!!!!!
 
I'll try to get him to send it to me again.
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If you want 2 days of pure adrenaline, go the the KLOUD Busters Sweaty Balls meet in Argonia KS. July 7 & 8. This is 2 days of launching the advanced research and experimental rockets. This is where the big boys play.
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Well damn if I didn't miss the launch of the BIG ONE!  But since this was a national event Discovery Channel was there and we have video!!!
 
This monster rocket was built because my boss got into an argument with another builder over weight versus strength.  Everybody else that had built a similar size rocket ended up with rockets that weight over 500 pounds launch ready.  My bosses rocket weight in at 189lbs.
 
 
 
Boss got smashed that evening, drank a whole bottle of Jammison by himself!!! Shocked
He said he had about $2500 into the rocket not counting the engine.  It was a total loss as eth nose cone feel back into the fire.
 
On a good note the engine manufacturer publically admitted it was a defective engine casing that cased the explosion and since teh engines are certified and guaranteed they will cover replacement costs of entire thing!
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whoopsie. at-least he can do it again when the funds are sent. If he was going for best smoke on launch he WON it hands down.
I bet he was sick, man...
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I'm sure he was sick too...
 
It doesn't really take much to get him to drink a whole bottle of Jamie!  Cool
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LOL, working with you all day would have me doing it twice a day...J/K so dose he have to have any licenses to launch those things?

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I used to love building the cardboard-tube Estes rockets when I lived outside of town.  What a blast(no pun unintended).  Fortunately for me, as a kid of about 10 years old, I lived on the outskirts of town, but there was a hobby shop about a 1/2 mile away.  Back in those days, folks still trusted one another, and my mom would let me walk--along the highway--to take my piggy bank cash to the hobby store to buy rocket supplies.  It was awesome.  I only ever lost one, and that was because of a faulty 'chute.  Please post a video of the rebuild, Bud.

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