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Old 10-10-2004, 07:44 PM   #1
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Does anyone know if Rapier rocket engines are available in Canada? I built a rocket glider and used a plugged Estes engine. The energy pulse was too sudden and all the glider did was a large loop and then the tail caught on fire.
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Old 10-10-2004, 08:18 PM   #2
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Wow, if you find out where, and how to transport them without doubling the price with hazmat charges, let me know. I loved Jetex, hated the bs with starting them.

That's the problem these days: so much regulation that it strangles a lot of innocent activities and Rapier engines are a good example ("Noooo, it's a firework! You could burn down half of Ontario, or launch rockets into the Parliament Buildings! You could stick one in your ear and light it; just think how much that would cost the medical system! Noooo!")

I liek to design and build stuff, wood cars, handicap equipment, etc., but every time I turn around there is a know-nothing bureaucrat standing there with a Book of Regulations, reading chapter and verse on how I simply cannot proceed... unless it's legal in California blahblahblah. The wood car project was fairly simple: an electric conversion of a pickup truck is within a few pounds of its max GVW BEFORE the driver gets in, so my idea was to build a lightweight body to replace all that steel, then the finished unit would weigh no more than the original pickup. Sure enough, there was a 40% weight loss using wood, except that I built a roadster on a pickup chassis, suited my purposes at the time. Noooo, if you change the configuration it cannot be allowed on the road! I wasted 10 years trying to convince these knotheads of what I was doing; too late. I have no money to carry on, now that I broke the back of the system politically, in our province at least. I'm too tired to carry on, and no doubt brighter minds than mine will design hitech, expensive replacements for my idea. I tried...

I will follow this thread, if only to find out how I can get simple bloody Rapier motors into my area...
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