Roll's Wrap-Up (7/22/12): Rocket Fundraiser Goal Reached!
Thanks to the generous donations that you fellow 100,000 strong members gave us, we were able to complete our goal of $1000 for the model rocket replica from Mega Man Legends 3 within days of the fundraiser's kickoff! Without further ado, here are the heroes of the 100K model rocketry replica project:
- Amelia Veeres
- John L. Smith
- Adam Anania
- Nathaniel Pacetti
- Carlos Felix
- Roger Cameron
- Philip Dale
- Jesus Valdez
- Charles Wagner
- cody raugh
- RJ Lee
- Joel Nelson
Laron Tyrrell here. During the funding for the model rocket, I received a number of requests for a bigger model. “What’s wrong with 3 feet?” I asked. "It’s too small!” some fellow Mega Man fans replied.
I went back to John Boren, our resident model rocketry veteran, and I asked him how much a 5-foot replica would cost us. He told me that anything over three feet is a completely different beast than the current rocket we are building. A 5-foot rocket would require a reusable motor case. We would need a certified Level 1 or Level 2 modeler to purchase the motor and to actually prepare the model for launch. This certified modeler would also have to be the one that signs the flight card. Any model that flies on an H or larger motor has to get FAA clearance to fly, which typically means we would have to launch it at a local rocket club. Boren gave me a quote for $1500.
However, one thing he said caught my attention. “ The coolest thing about the larger motors is that there are more options available for how much power it produces and the color of the flame coming out of the nozzle. You have your choice of green, red, blue or white flame coming out the nozzle and one motor puts out dense black smoke and tons of sparks." He assured me that if we were to make a 5-foot rocket, that he could take care of all of the legal and professional hurdles involved in getting it airborne.
The purpose of this wrap-up is to ask you a question. Do you want to stick with our 3-foot rocket, or would you like to upgrade to a 5-foot model rocket? For $500 more, we get an extra two feet and the option of choosing whichever propellant the majority of the community likes.
Finally, to the donors regarding prizes:
If your prize pack included photos, then you’ll have to wait until after the rocket launches to have your prize package shipped to you. We plan on doing a photo shoot the day of the rocket launch, and right now our estimated time of completion is somewhere in the vicinity of late August.Amelia Veeres was the first person to donate $250, so she wins The Misadventures Of Tron Bonne. All donors who will receive physical prizes need to send their mailing address and shirt size, if your prize package includes a T-shirt, send what size you have to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use the following form in your email:
T-shirt size (if applicable):
Keep up the awesome work, everyone! Legends Never Die!