Construction Rating: starstarstarstarstar_border
Flight Rating: starstarstarstarstar
Overall Rating: starstarstarstarstar
Published: 2014-10-20
Diameter: 4.00 inches
Length: 47.50 inches
Manufacturer: LOC/Precision
Style: Sport

Brief

This kit was my Junior. Level 1 and I must say it is a beautiful kit. Some people say this rocket is not good for certifications due to the fact that the fins hang below the body. But, unless you land on concrete or desert, these fins are hard to break off. This kit is four-feet tall, four-inches in diameter and, coincidentally, my finished weight was four pounds. I tend to build heavy and my kit was much, much heavier than the listed weight/ But, this could still fly great on Gs for low altitude flights.

Components

Components:

   1- 4"x34" Body Tube

   3- 3 ply, 1/8th" birch plywood fins

   1- 36" nylon parachute

   1- 20" 38mm motor mount tube

   2- Centering Rings

 10- feet of elastic shock cord

   1- polystyrene nose cone

   1/4" LL

    1/2"LL

Construction

Pros:

Easy to build

Parts fit great

Parachute Included

Strong Components

 

Cons:

Poor Shock Cord material ( I replaced with 20' of tubular nylon)

Needed nose weight ( actually not much of a con)

Only 2 CR's means you can't sandwich the fins for strength ( Still plenty strong though)

Finishing

Sanding:

I took a long time sanding the kit mainly because I am a really messy builder and ended up getting epoxy everywhere.

Painting:

For the nose cone make sure that it is washed with soap and water to remove mold release agent.

I used two or three cans of spray paint just for the body due to the fact that I used a light primer.

Overall, it is a really easy kit to paint to what YOU want.

No decals are included in the kit.

Construction Score: 4

Flight

During building, I had to add eight ounces of nose weight to make it stable. This was accomplished by cutting off the bottom of the nose cone, adding weight, and epoxying a bulkhead into the shoulder.

Flight of the rocket was initially on an AT H148-7. This motor produced a beautiful red flame and a roar when it left the pad.

The next flight was on an AT H123-7. Both flights were straight and true.

Recovery

The included 36" parachute is sufficient, but I would suggest a 40 or 48" parachute for a certification flight just to be safe. Using the stock 'chute for both flights, I never even cracked a fillet so I see no problems there. On a 7 second delay, mine opened right at apogee. Like I said above, I would suggest changing out the shock cord.

Flight Rating: 5

Summary

This kit is really good for a certification or small field flight. Not going very high makes recovering the rocket easier. The rocket is also really simple to build so it is not much of a jump at all from MPR or LPR for that matter.

Overall Rating: 5

Flights

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