Alan Overmoe has a thing for big rockets, and the U of U. So, he combined these two items and came up with the ThunderUte.The ThunderUte is a Smokin' Rockets Chubsy kit.
Alan has named it the "ThunderUte" (cause BYU sucks!) and it will fly on an Aerotech L952 (if they can get one).The ThunderUte flew at HellFire 9 on the same motor but it came in helmet first. Altitude estimates around 5,000 to 6,000 ft.
The Thunder Ute is a small stout rocket with a lot of kick. It made its debut on the salt in 2000 and it was, unfortunately, a one time flight. Recovery did not go as planned and the thunder on the flats that day was the Ute slamming into the salt at less than friendly speed.
The Thunder Ute was rebuilt. But, according to Alan, "I stopped pussy-footin? around with them damn 54 mm motors and stepped up to the 98 mm mount. It takes the 98 mm L or the M1419. Yowza!"
Known as the "Sir Winston," it definitely shares something in common with its namesake. This is an original Hott Rockets kit with an 11.5" diameter and weighing in at 105 lbs loaded!
The rocket flies on an Aerotech N2000 and reaches about 8000 ft each time. The Overmoes have flown this monster about 6 times all on same N2000 motor. The rocket is recovered on 2 chutes at apogee one on body and one on the nosecone.
Alan Overmoe certifed on this rocket. It did suffer some significant damage after its flight in 2003 but it made up for it in 2004 with an absolutely beautiful flight on an EX motor at Hellfire 10 and every HellFire since. The rocket again suffered some damage at HellFire 13 but they expect it to be back in top form for HellFire again this year.
This is the original Overmoe V2. They call it the "Little V2" but there's nothing little about it.
Based on an original Hott Rockets kit, this V2 is 9.25" in diameter and weighs in at 65 lbs when loaded! This craft flies on an M1419 and hits about 7000 ft each time. This V2 Has flown about 7 times all on the M1419 motor. Brad did his level 3 on this rocket. Even after all of these flights it still has only a few scratches on it for damage.
Robbie's other project for HellFire this year is a scratch-built Harpoon AGM.
The rocket stands about 5 feet tall and is 4 inches in diameter. The fins are made out of plywood and was built using thick CA glue and 6,12 minute epoxy. The filets are 12 minute epoxy with fiberglass mixed into it.
Robbie from Some Dude's Hobbies is going for his Level 3 at HellFire 11. Brad Overmoe has been working with him as his TAP member. An interesting note about this project is that this is actually Robbie's third project and will be his Level 3 rocket as well. While this is not the norm, Robbie has years of experience in building hobby vehicles such as aircraft and helicopters and is very capable of succeeding with this project.