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Fat Boy 9-24A: "Mad Max Post Nuclear Wasteland Radiation Mutated Three Headed Fat Boy"

Last updated on 1-18-2015

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Flight on 6 E9-8 & 3 F21-8

Thanks to Steve March for taking this video!

Fat Boy 9-24A: "Mad Max Post Nuclear Wasteland Radiation Mutated Three Headed Fat Boy"

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Flight Photos - GHS October 2012

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Rocket suffered a failure of an Estes E motor. No apparent impact on the flight. People noted that the rocket was smoking all the way down and continued smoking on the ground. This is why. Amazingly, there was no damage to the rocket.
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Flight Photos - GHS October 2013

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Kingman, Arizona. This nut job tried to fly on nine Estes E12-8 motors this time. This time it suffered catastrophic motor failure and was totally destroyed. Four out of nine Estes E12 motors blew their nozzles, mostly on the same side, sending the rocket spinning out of control. A fifth motor had the nozzle pushed past the end by 1/8th inch. If the Earth had not gotten in the way the rocket might have been fine. I ordered these motors from Hobbylinc.com, on-line. They were delivered via UPS during the hottest portion of the Phoenix summer. Delivery took an unusually long time. During delivery those motors were certainly severely temperature cycled, numerous times; especially once they arrived in the Phoenix area. UPS was clearly not in any hurry to get those motors to me. I also don't know how Hobbylinc.com stored these motors and how long they had them. I can't know with 100% certainty, but this seems the most likely explanation. Blown nozzles are a common temperature cycling failure mode.

The big question now is: Should I build another? WoUlD tHaT bE CrAzY???