Howard Smith has  just  told me about an exhibition he is organising that I think will be of great Intest to many Jetex flyers.  Here is the poster : 

Dan Dare Ex 1

 

And here are the details:

 

Dan Dare Ex 2

This promises to be a most exciting event!  For those who doubt there is a 'Dan Dare-Jetex connection, this will remind you:

 

DD Spaceship montage 11 15

If any forum member gets there before I do (I don't travel too well at the moment) plese tell all of us about it.

 

Onwards and upwards,

Roger 

Added 05/07/17: I've just had this from Howard:

Here’s a photo of the Spaceship – not that great a shot. I have the main plans alongside if and not displayed I also have the Launcher plans and building instructions.

Currently into first week and much has happened with people coming forward with items never seen and stories of relatives who were involved.

If any of your Jetex colleagues come to the show, get them to contact me beforehand and I’ll meet them and bring the other plans along:

Jetex Blog

 

This looks to be a great event - if any Jetexinista visits please tell us! 

 

Roger 

The lack of Rapiers has been a great source of frustration to US modellers, but it has been a great spur to the development of 'Micro EDF', but not everybody has been happy with the status quo, and Chris Sorenson of Maker Research Labs is determined to do something about this, partly because he believes the excitement of rocket planes will be a great way to get youngsters enthused about science and technology.  I have been liaising with Chris for over a year and he and his colleagues have developed a Rapier L-2 analogue that looks most promising.  I received examples of their prototype X-1 and X-2 motors for testing earlier this year.  As Chris has gone public with his endeavours:

https://vimeo.com/209771680?utm_source=email&utm_medium=vimeo-cliptranscode-201504&utm_campaign=28749

now is a good time to publish my results.  I also tested one of the 2017 L-2 LT motors for comparison.

L2-LT march 2017

X1Tests March

The thrust time profile of the L-2 LT ‑ a very useful 125 mN for 18 seconds ‑ is in-line with the many fine flights we have seen with these motors and shows just why they are so popular.  The X-1 motors, of very similar size and weight to L-2s, fired up without problems, and their performance of roughly 140 mN for 12 sec is promising.  A little more duration would be nice, and experiments with the jet orifice diameter and a combustion inhibitor could pay dividends.

Below are the 'empty'  brown X motors with a used Rapier L-2 motors for comparison  

used X1 X2 with L2

Chris is now putting out feelers to scale up production, and is all too aware of the many legislative hoops he will have to jump through before he can bring his product to market.  But his motors do work (see https://vimeo.com/197810434) and if you would like to support Chris's project with its most worthy pedagogic aims please contact him at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  I have already put Chris in touch with modellers in the US who still have some old Rapiers, and I look forward to hearing about his progress.

 

Added 6 May 2017:

 

Have a look at Chris's latest video: 

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The thrust of the latest motors appears 'spot on' ... we just need a little more duration!

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 Welcome to the first of what I hope will be regular 'Jetex and Rapier related 'blogs'. As this is my first foray into the 'blogosphere' it will take me time to find my niche, so please bear with me.

These will of course be full of interesting observations about the modern 'small model jet plane flying' scene which will motivate a loyal cadre of enthusiasts to keep up with the latest news about motor availability, upcoming meetings and how to take part in what I hope will be a growing part of the free flight aeromodelling scene. Note the 'free flight' bit. I have nothing to say about those marvellous and sophisticated RC jets that we see showing off at meetings. However, free flight EDF is pertinent to our hobby and is one way of keeping our models flying. We shall see!

What with the winter weather – my own flying field is more suited to hydroplanes than aeroplanes at the moment – I have been designing some new models for the new flying season. These are simple 'semi-profile' models like the Cougar above  suitable for the latest batch of Rapier L-1 and L-2 motors.

I really should update info on the availability of Rapiers more often  as there still seems to be the 'fake news' out there that you can't get them!

Well, we still have stocks of L-2 and L-1 motors of good performance.  The current L-2LT motors are particularly nice:L2 LT blog

This, in old money, is about 1/2oz for nearly 20 seconds - which is equivelent thrust to a Jetex 50 for a gratifying 6-7 sec longer.  They work splendidly in my Veron Quickies and Keil Kraft shadow profile models, f'rinstance the Shooting Star:

 

Shooting Star blog

Note the Rapier in a Jetex mounting clip -this allows comparisons of the L-2LT and original Jetex 50  to be made easily.  Interesting!

 

So: I will be at Old Warden 13/14 May, hopefully making lots of smoke trails, and our Rapier supplier will also be there.  Time to stock up!  Tell me (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you want me to pick up any motors for you.

Hurry whilst stocks last!  Dr Z hopes to be in the UK in July with fresh supplies - contact me for updates.