I am so proud to present something I've spent countless hours on over the past couple months. Only a handful of people even knew this was in the works. I apologize now for being wordy but their is much to be told! It's based on the old 1990s NCR Archer XL while being "modernized" to handle a bit more.
I present the FINALLY complete 4" SA-14 Archer XL, the pride of my fleet. She stands a total of 58.5" and weighs in at 53.6oz flight ready without motor. Designed around a 15" long 29mm heavy duty MMT specifically able to fly on G77/78/80 motors but also handle everything thru an Aerotech I205 or Cesaroni I243.
MMT uses triple plywood CRs and is butted up to the coupler. I've created a slightly buffered upper "recovery gear" bay using a 4th 29mm CR mounted about 15" below the nosecone. That CR is reinforced with a piece of coupler above it. This is where the steel cable is mounted. 13.5ft of 3/4" braided elastic and two 12" nomex protectors go between the rocket and nose cone. Everything is attached with screw on "quick links". A 48" nylon cloth parachute will bring her down soft. She is built with both 1/4" lugs and 1010 railguides.
Shown is the entire rocket unfurled. Luckily I have a place to take such a pic! Harley (our Shiba Inu) was very unsure of what was going on.
A special thank you to Louie Berlin for the technical guidance and to @modelrocketguy for being their for morale support when it just wasn't working. And of course, my amazing fiance, @carolannseehaas for putting up with me during this process and keeping me positive it will all work out.
Thanks for the read and enjoy!
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