Aerotech is great for the beginner. Their kits are more,
and require less time building and finishing.
LOC kits require more time to build and finish. Also with LOC kits,
more investment has to be made in electronic recovery devices and motor
costs (most LOC kits).
Both manufacture TOP quality kits, but they are marketed toward
different parts of rocketry, i.e Mid-Power (Aerotech) and High-Power
Depends on all what you consider better? Aerotech has it's points as does
Loc. I have built both and have likes and dislikes for both. I have also
built Cluster R, PML, Public Enemy, Vaughn rockets and all have their
respective ups and downs but that is what is interesting many ways to come
to the same conclusion. Inovation, resourcefulness and even sometimes what
the f%&$ were they thinking?
I have modified most of the kits I have in one form or another from foaming
in the nose ballast on my Loc V2, to omitting the piston on my PML AMRAAM 3,
to just replaceing the bungie cord for tubular nylon on my Cluster R
Standard ARM. Each rocket kit needs to be looked at by itself for what you
want to do. In the latest issue of "Sport Rocketry" there is a review on
the Polecat Aerospace "Skeeter". The modifications the author made were the
same I would have done (but maybe a different way). So again it all depends
on what your looking for and what you want to do and mybe how inovative you
want to become. Just my 2 ergs here.
Depends on what you want. AT kits go together fast with the snap lock fins.
But I'm not a big fan of plastic fins. They also include a baffle, although
I'm not a fan of the mesh stuff. And they are more widely available. Their
range and variety of kits is limited.
IMHO, the Aerotech Mantis pad isn't worth the plastic it's molded out of :-(
LOC kits are all wood fins. A bit more work to seal and finish, but more
durable and easier to repair if necessary. There is a wider range of LOC
kits, well into the Level 2 and maybe even L3 range.
Both are good companies. If I were going to recommend a starter kit, I'd
pick a LOC Graduator over an AT Initiator.
Bob Kaplow NAR # 18L >>> To reply, there's no internet on Mars (yet)! <<<
Kaplow Klips & Baffle: http://nira-rocketry.org/Document/MayJun00.pdf
As others have already said, it depends on what you are looking for.
Are you just getting into mid-power or are you interested in high
power? I have built kits from both companies and like anything else
they have their +'s and -'s. If you are just getting into mid-power
kits I would suggest the AT Initiator. I think that kit is to mid-power
what the Estes Alpha is to model rocketry -- everyone should have at
Again, both make some nice kits and don't forget all the other vendors
out there either.
As the others have written, both have good points and bad points. And
there are other fine kits out there, like PML and Binder. Could you be
more specific in what you are looking for?
(If you are buying a present for me, I'd love a Binder Velociraptor)
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