1st mid power launch pad

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There ya go. They work great all the way through H impulse.
Pick up various launch rods at Lowes, Menards etc. 1/8", 3/16", and 1/4". Longest they have for 3/16 and 1/4, but 3-4' is plenty for the 1/8 to launch the smaller stuff.
Have fun.
-Boomer
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Opinions wanted please, and I know this is the place to get them! ;-)
I am looking to build my 1st mid power rocket, and wanted to know if it
would be better to build my own launch pad, or get the one from
Aero-Tech?
If build, are there any plans online? Do I order the rod only, or is
there something I can pick up at my local store?
Thanx for any answers!
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Yellow pages : steel - New There are several places around town with dropped ends which sometimes are 10' or more. Stainless steel rod works nicely. I've used 1/8" rod from HomeDepo for BP motors, they will corrode faster.
Joel. phx
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Joel Corwith
I saw this link posted in RMR a few days ago
"Build a Launch Pad for $20" by Andy Hofle
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it is one of the most flexible designs I've seen yet
I bought a beautiful telescoping launch pad, the larger "Zrocketwerkz Zpad" from Space Age Hobbies, with very solid chrome contruction. But I don't think they are available anymore. A shame, since it would accept launch rods from 1/8 to 1/4 (the latter lets you use a 1/4 stud Blacksky "Standard" rail) for heavier rockets [ Blacksky's website is at
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BTW, Chad Blair, the owner of Space Age Hobbies wrote an excellent introduction to model rocketry
"For Educators New to Model Rocketry? - Here are the basics..."
the article is available from the East Coast Rocketry website at
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Glenn wrote:
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Ismaeel Abdur-Rasheed
Glenn, Try the PVC pad that was suggested via link. It works great, is cheap, and very durable!! The AT design is fantastic...however the plastic used is much too fragile, only used mine twice, and broke it BOTH times. We've used the PVC design for a couple of years now, and other than needing a fresh coat of paint..hehe less money, works almost as good, and is a million times more sturdy, you cannot go wrong. It will take you longer to find the parts at the local Menard/Home Depot than it will to put together.
Tom
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Thomas Parson
World's simplest, cheapest, easiest launch pad:
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You may have to go to a metals dealer to find stainless steel rod. For mid power, 1/4" diameter should do.
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RayDunakin
Commonwealth Displays has a nice selection of rods. My 3/16" (and 1/4") x 48" came in a PVC tube, which was a nice thing to have for storage and trasport.
see the bottom of the page at
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RayDunak> Glenn wrote:
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Ismaeel Abdur-Rasheed
Just as cheap, and doesn't need the rocks on the feet:
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Credit goes to Tom Beach for the original, and Bunny for the half size version. I've been using the mini for my MR/LMR launches for well over a decade now. And with the dowel inthe center, it's the ideal launcher for BGs.
> > > > You may have to go to a metals dealer to find stainless steel rod. For mid > power, 1/4" diameter should do. > > >
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Bob Kaplow
wow, the cymbal idea is great! i got a co-worker that is a drummer that might just have an extra one layin' around ;-) thanx for the idea!
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