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« Reply #25 on: March 27, 2011, 03:37:03 pm »

Following the outstanding examples set by Herr Doktor and Maets, I too am eager to join the Brass Goggles Rocket Pack.
As we speak I am scouring ebay, And various Car Boot sales for somthing to use as the main body of this personal transportation device.
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« Reply #26 on: March 28, 2011, 01:40:40 am »

Here are the first pictures of my second rocket pack.  It borrows some design elements from my first unit and a design element from Herr Dokter.  I will be adding leather straps tonight, but the best is yet to come.  I built this one so it actually will shoot out "steam" from all four nozzles.  Stay tuned for a video. 

The unit is made entirely from steel, brass and copper.  No paint, no glue, no foam.

   

   
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« Reply #27 on: March 28, 2011, 01:45:35 am »

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I've got nothing else to add... it looks beautiful...
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« Reply #28 on: March 28, 2011, 01:52:46 am »

Forgot to mention.  This one is a little lighter, only 12.6 lbs.  It is 16 inches wide, 19" high and 6" deep.
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« Reply #29 on: March 28, 2011, 03:51:44 am »

Excellent work Maets,

You have given me one or two ideas for the controls (I do have a flexible brass gooseneck with a pressure gauge on the end).

More photos of other rocket pack adventures please!
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« Reply #30 on: March 28, 2011, 11:05:51 am »


And here are more photos!

This evening I bolted the various components to the red combustion tank.




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Testing location for frame mounting.

I hope to have this on my back in time for the unveiling on the 9th April.
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« Reply #31 on: March 28, 2011, 12:46:54 pm »

Looking good.  I really like the tank color and the use of the horn.  Gives me more ideas.  Thanks!
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« Reply #32 on: March 28, 2011, 01:32:26 pm »

Looks great maduncle. Now all it needs are some stabilisers, and maybe some directional thrusters. Oh, and a nice racing number. Might I suggest 6?
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« Reply #33 on: March 28, 2011, 01:55:25 pm »

Wonderfull work, both Maets and Maduncle.
@Helios: numbers 6 and 9 might be confusing when flying upside down.
Number 8 might be confused with infinity when flying sideways.
A nice solid number like 7 is my suggestion, but only written with a horizontal line in the middle.
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« Reply #34 on: March 28, 2011, 02:42:40 pm »

7 is overdone. In a recent study, results suggest that the majority of people choose either 4 or 7 when asked to state a number between 1 and 10. Of course, that's just personal preference.
And the trouble differentiating 6 and 9? Easily solved. 6 and 9. Tada!
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« Reply #35 on: March 28, 2011, 05:44:18 pm »

7 is overdone. In a recent study, results suggest that the majority of people choose either 4 or 7 when asked to state a number between 1 and 10. Of course, that's just personal preference.
And the trouble differentiating 6 and 9? Easily solved. 6 and 9. Tada!


That's actually a lot less disproportionate than I was expecting. I chose 7, but it's my favourite number and I picked it knowing fine well I'd almost certainly be agreeing with the majority.
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« Reply #36 on: March 28, 2011, 09:23:17 pm »

Helios my friend you are on the money.

The rocket pack does in fact have directional thrusters fitted to each side, and I do plan to put a white oval with a racing number on the tank - probably '3' as I defer 1 to Maets and 2 to Herr Doktor.
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« Reply #37 on: March 29, 2011, 12:26:19 am »

3 you say? If I hurry, I might be able to snatch 6!
It's going to look very good, if I'm not mistaken. Good work, that man.
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« Reply #38 on: March 29, 2011, 11:53:11 am »

Perhaps we should use this thread as an unofficial "Regestry" of SP Roketeers.
I am in the process of assembling the components, but due to pressure on both my finances and my time, I anticipate a registration somwhere in the low teens.

Perhaps we should plan for a gathering of the Brass Goggles Rocket Rangers at the Asylum.

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Ok, I may have let my enthusiam carry me away there. With No1 in the USA, No2 in the UK, and No3 in Australia, I dont think that a gathering is on the cards just yet.
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« Reply #39 on: March 29, 2011, 03:07:50 pm »

What do you think Rocketpacks are for. Mr Maets and Maduncle we expect to see you at The Asylum, technical difficulties pending.

You know perhaps we ought to start doing what SF fans do and start fan funds to send fans to and from the New World and The Antipodes. Basically they are a £5.00 a head subscription, and you have up to half a dozen people canvassing at major conventions and meetings, with the one who wins the most subscriptions winning everything collected for tickets, spending money etc. The big conventions donate a membership and involve the winner in their festivities, it is expected for other fans to put them up and entertain them whilst in the host country, where they spend a couple of weeks doing fannish things. I hosted the GUFF (Going Up Fan Fund) fans husband and wife Trevor and Sue, the week before Eastercon in 2009. I took them to Little Shop of Horrors with Sylvester McCoy, and they hadameal with the Sheffield SF Group, explored the Countryside etc.

You need a convention around the 700+ mark to make this effective, so whilst The Asylum is plenty big enough, not sure there are big enough SP Conventions yet in the New World I'd Antipodes to provide reciprocity.

The whole point is that the person chosen is an Ambassador and someone whose presence will enliven proceedings rather than chosen on 'buggins' turn, some worthy but dull fan. That's why I have never run! That and the fact the plane ticket might be one way!
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« Reply #40 on: March 29, 2011, 05:59:11 pm »

Not sure if I am ready for a trans Atlantic flight using my rocket pack.   Will have to work on its range.
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« Reply #41 on: March 29, 2011, 09:48:16 pm »

I just found this, and it just looked right.

A trailer for the roketeer envisiged as a 1030's movie.

Rocketeer trailer from 1938


The question is, is it Maets? Is it Herr Doktor? or is it Maduncle?
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« Reply #42 on: March 29, 2011, 10:34:55 pm »

So now we've got to make a finned helmet.   Any helmet makers out there?
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« Reply #43 on: March 29, 2011, 10:47:27 pm »

My other half made this for the Asylum - The Dornberger Aetherian rocket-pack. Inspired by the work of Professor T Frost in the Didcot System and powered by the revolutionary new fuel of tea!

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« Reply #44 on: March 30, 2011, 12:03:11 am »

My other half made this for the Asylum - The Dornberger Aetherian rocket-pack. Inspired by the work of Professor T Frost in the Didcot System and powered by the revolutionary new fuel of tea!

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That is brilliant!

Consider yourself a full member of the rocketeers guild.

As for me flying over to Asylum, I hope to get there one of these days - just not this year.

And the Rocketeers Guild registration can begin here -

#1 - Maets.
#2 - Herr Doktor.
#3 - Mad Uncle.

A posted photograph of your rocket pack on this thread will register you, I am considering getting a set of numbers on small white ovals cut from vinyl, and I will mail one to each rocketeer as they register, and if they PM me their mailing address.

Do we like this concept?
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« Reply #45 on: March 30, 2011, 01:12:35 am »

My other half made this for the Asylum - The Dornberger Aetherian rocket-pack. Inspired by the work of Professor T Frost in the Didcot System and powered by the revolutionary new fuel of tea!
Lovely!! Welcome to the Rocketeers Guild!


And the Rocketeers Guild registration can begin here -

#1 - Maets.
#2 - Herr Doktor.
#3 - Mad Uncle.

A posted photograph of your rocket pack on this thread will register you, I am considering getting a set of numbers on small white ovals cut from vinyl, and I will mail one to each rocketeer as they register, and if they PM me their mailing address.

Do we like this concept?

 
Thanks for giving me number 1 for my first rocket pack! Having posted two different rocket packs, do I get another number?  If so can I have 13 (lucking number in the family) or does that throw things off?
May I suggest that it may be appropriate to have each member specify the type of rocket pack, ie racing, cruising, ??
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« Reply #46 on: March 30, 2011, 01:18:20 am »

I think it makes more sense to have the racer, rather than the rocket, determine the reg. number for the series.
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« Reply #47 on: March 30, 2011, 01:28:39 am »

I think it makes more sense to have the racer, rather than the rocket, determine the reg. number for the series.

I guess I would agree.  Never mind my previous.
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« Reply #48 on: March 30, 2011, 03:35:16 am »

Damn!

Now I have to start building a rocket pack...  I wanna get in on either 21 or 12 (yes, yes, I AM a Rush fan!)...
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« Reply #49 on: March 30, 2011, 04:21:52 am »

I think it makes more sense to have the racer, rather than the rocket, determine the reg. number for the series.

Correct!

The 'racer' will be assigned their number upon posting the photo of their rocket pack.

I already have one address for a number set, so I will be organising the vinyl cut letters soon. I figure a small oval 10cm x 7cm will be enough, so if you are building a rocket pack - allow that much space somewhere for the number, or attach a panel for the number if you want to add it to an existing rocket pack (or stick it to your costume)!
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