Boy, are you suspicious!
The owner is Bob Korman, my next door neighbor. He got interested in
the motor making business a couple of years ago. He's worked extremely
hard to bring these motors to market. The number of obstacles he's
worked to overcome has been staggering, and after having watched the
process, I can't believe he's finally made it. I have personally flown
over 20 of these motors with great success. They have lit the first
time every time when using the supplied 2 wire ignitor.
(Shameless self plug - my rocket and photo are on the pics page on his
There's nothing super secret about it. Very few businesses post
personal information on their website. He does have contact info on his
website - if you email him he'll gladly tell you who he is. Look at his
site and you'll see he's got plenty of info available - wRASP files,
Rocksim data, tips and tricks, etc. In fact, he's been talking to Chuck
G. of wRASP fame to make sure he gets things right. Chuck even recenly
posted on the DARS list that partly in response to Bob's inquiries he's
trying to get wRASP updated.
It's just good business sense to not tip your hand to the market (or
competition) before you're ready. With all the roadblocks that came up,
there was no way to know when he would actually be able to ship. No
vaporware here, he waited until he had lots of motors to ship so he can
meet what he hopes will be a substantial demand. It's hard to sign up
dealers without a product to ship, or worse sign them and and then not
fulfill demand. Look what happened when AT was unable to supply Hobby
The motors are great. The integrated thrust ring makes prep time a snap
- no tape thrust ring to build up. Retention is very easy - if you have
any motor tube protuding beyond the centering ring, just run several
wraps of tape around it and the thurst ring. Done in conjunction with a
good friction fit and it's nearly impossible to kick a motor. The
ignitor is a 'real' ignitor that has proven to be very reliable. The
price is considerably below others available, and they offer more total
thrust than comparable motors.
While the G motor is longer than comparable AT G's, I flew mine in
several AT kits just fine. The second photo on his website is an AT
Strongarm without the strakes. The motor overhangs the retention clip a
bit, but stability was never an issue. Of coure, every flyer should
check the CG/CP relationship of every rocket before flight, but I doubt
they'll be any issues using them in AT kits. Bob even has a set of
instructions on his site on how to modify an AT kit during build so it
will work with longer motors. (on the 'more info' page)
I have every confidence that when flyers get a chance to use one of
these motors, they'll be very pleased. As always, the market will
determine the fate of the motor. Based on my personal experience, I
have complete confidence that they will be in demand by folks who fly F
& G motors. More power for less money, a built-in thrust ring, a
two-wire ignitor, and high reliability. What's not to like?
If you read his website, he makes it very clear on how to become a
dealer. It's not an involved process. Heck, if you want to sell his
motors, contact him and become a dealer. It's not rocket science. Like
all motors over 30 grams, they do require HAZMAT shipping, which Bob is
very strict about. Anyone who's been on RMR for a while knows what
happens when you ship motors illegally. None of us want our hobby
attacked for creating a shipping hazard.
This is a very serious business venture that took lots of time, cash,
and hard work. I've been able to watch the process and stick my nose in
now and again and I've been amazed at the amount of hard work Bob has
put into this endeavor. I wish him success.