Sunday, November 30, 2014

How Not To Use A Raise Spring TIP

The picture to the right is how not to use a Raise Spring . . . 
Odd'l Rockets Raise Springs should go under the model - not up the side of the rocket as shown here.

Your rocket could get hung up at ignition and not leave the launch rod. You could also scratch up the side of your rocket as it scrapes against the spring coils.

Set the Raise Spring UNDER the model. The spring is designed to raise the model a few inches above the blast deflector. The weight of the rocket locks the spring on the launch rod.
Keep the brass tube arm away from the nozzle flame. You could burn a hole in the brass tube!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Odd'l Rockets T-Shirts!

Just in time for the Holidays!

The Little Green Man is now on T-shirts from Cafe Press:
CLICK HERE to go to the store.

There are some other appropriate products also ready . . .

Just in - Springs!

These came in much faster than expected!
They can sure fit a lot in a small box - 2,111 springs!
The over run was 111. You do pay for the over run, though.

Now comes the fun part - cutting the brass tubes and hand bending the locking extension arm.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Happy Odd'l-days!

Hopefully in time for Christmas orders -

Another litter of Little Green Men and Pigasus kits are going out today! Parts prep, printing and bagging takes more time than you might think.

Other Odd'l stuff and more Adeptors will be available!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

More Raise Springs!

I went to fill a vendor order for RAISE Springs and realized -
I'm almost out!

An order has been made for 2,000 more!
That's right, 2,000 more.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Spudnik Kaboom!

Roger Smith took a great sequence showing the A10-3t engine cato in the Spudnik at last week's Bunnell Blast.

Scroll down about halfway and step through the sequence.
It always looks different than you remembered.
The Spudnik got about 10 feet in the air, the engine spins off to the right. The fireball remained below rising up the launch rod.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

What's In The Box?

In the box is a well padded old MPC Ceramic Blast Deflector.
The guy who makes the Odd'l Rockets Blast Deflectors will be making a new mold from the original MPC Deflector.

The new deflectors will be larger with a 3 1/8" wide base diameter. The larger deflector will be more effective with larger diameter models.
The new deflectors are improved with a (flat) rolled lip under the bottom. This makes the deflector stronger than the old MPC ceramic domes and less likely to break.
My supplier is busy! The new BLAST! deflectors "should be available" after the first of the year.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Upscale Odd'l Break-Away - YouBee at Bunnell Blast

Roger Smith had his YouBee (an 6:1 upscale of the Odd'l Rockets Break-Away model) readied for flight at the Bunnell Blast, November 8 and 9.
I helped him carry it to the HPR pads. We were going to slide it down a launch rail when I noticed a fin had worked loose at the root edge.
Roger was busy with a drill and epoxy for a re-try on Sunday.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Little Green Man on Cover of Peak Of Flight Newsletter

The Odd'l Rockets Little Green Man continues to pop up everywhere!

This time it's on the cover of the latest Apogee Peak of Flight Newsletter -
You can see the whole issue, #377 - CLICK HERE