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10.10 What are some good kits to build when first getting into high power rocketry (assuming I have all of the basic model rocketry skills)?




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This article is from the Model Rockets FAQ, by Wolfram von Kiparski with numerous contributions by others.

10.10 What are some good kits to build when first getting into high power rocketry (assuming I have all of the basic model rocketry skills)?

Popular rec.models.rockets vote:
LOC Graduator

From: cdt@pdp.sw.stratus.com (C. D. Tavares)
AAA Penn. Crude

From: kaplowro@hccompare.com (Bob Kaplow)
- Avoid any kit with plastic fins or internal parts.
- Avoid phenolic tubes, thick cardboard tubes are more familiar
and easy to work with
- For Large Model Rockets, try a LOC Graduator or Rocket R&D/THOY
Hornet
- For a High Power rocket try a LOC IV or EZI-65, or a Rocket R&D/THOY
Falcon

From: JCook@Epoch.C (Jim Cook):
LOC kits are a good introduction into high power - they are strong
(banging it several times for emphasis on the table).

From: bmcdermo@ix.netcom.com (Buzz McDermott)
If you have never flown anything bigger than an Estes or FSI D
motor, I would recommend building one or more E-G kits before
tackling H power and up. When you go for your NAR or TRA
certification, choose a rocket where G and H motors are the low
end or mid-range power options. Going with a rocket where your
chosen motor is at the high end or above the rocket's recommended
power range is more likely to fail by over-stressing the design.
Bigger, slower high power rockets are less stressed and more likely to
succeed. In the case of NAR certification, this gets you a rocket
good for multiple certification levels. I like the following (any
are good NAR or TRA certification rockets):
LOC Mini Magg, 38mm mount (G-I motors)
LOC EZI-65, 54mm mount (G-I motors)
THOY (Rocket R&D) Falcon, 54mm mount (H-J motors)

From: mike_forman@cjnetworks.com (Mike Forman)
I bought, built, flew and certified on a PML Io. Very nice kit. I
glassed the tube, and would bet it's as close to bulletproof as you
could get and still be legal to fly as a hpr. I posted a review of
the Io here, and you could probably go to dejanews' archive and
retrieve it. Great rocket, great flights, easy to build.

From: marku@netins.net (Mark U.)
My favorite 4 in. rocket is the THOY/R&D Falcon. In stock configuration
it easily will handle H-J and, if beefed up, a K is not out of the
question. My second choice would be a PML Quasar this will fly nicely
on a H-I motors.

 

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