My faithful Rocket Vision Solar-Venture finally bit the dust at my most
recent launch. I was wondering if anyone was selling small phenolic
kits like Rocket Vision Rugged-Rockets line used to be? I looked at
the Public Missiles Tiny Pterodactyl, but I would really like something
with a sub-2" diameter. If Public Missiles sold a shorter Cirrus for
use with E and F motors, that would be exactly what I would want.
Thanks in advance to all who respond.
In one word, indestructability. I don't mind the weight, but I like
rockets that can survive a 500' fall onto pavement when the parachute
doesn't open. :) Also, I like the sheer novelty of having a phenolic
rocket that small.
500' onto pavement, and you're asking about phenolic? Have you ever
actually USED phenolic?
Cardboard is more likely to survive than phenolic is.
Instead of investing in expensive tubes, invest in reliable recovery
I've seen Phenolic shatter doing that, and fiberglass tube shatter as well.
LOC tubes will put a dent in the end, and I can bend them back out from the
dent on a far fall.
If you really want a phenolic tube, call redarrowhobbies.com
Dave has some in quite a few sizes.
Personally I would suggest the smaller kits from Loc Precision
(www.locprecision.com). The tubes are spiral wound paper, but will take a
lot of punishment. I would suggest an Aura, Weasal or Legacy. I have flown a
Legacy on various combinations from 3 x C6 (Without the motor mount) to a
G64. The Loc kits are not suitable for Estes D or E motors, but fly great on
Aerotech E, F & G motors.
I own about 10 Loc kits and have always been very satisfied with the quality
of parts. My smallest kit would either be the legacy or the lil nuke. My
biggest is the King Viper III, which I have flown sucessfully on clusters of
The PML Cirrus Dart could probably be flown without the payload bay on F
motors, but if you are really set on an indestructible rocket, I would
suggest looking at composite tubing.
Hawk Mountain (www.hawkmountain.ws) sells a kit called the Raptor. It is a
near minimum diameter kit, weighing approximately 14oz. I have heard several
good reviews about this kit.
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