LOC/Precision - Nuke Pro Maxx {Kit}

Contributed by Philip Levanda

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Manufacturer: LOC/Precision
LOC/Precision Nuke Pro Maxx

Brief:
This is an extremely versatile high flyer. Capable of stable flight on as little as an F20 through J motors. It is 2.2 inches in diameter and 39.5 inches long. It has three sharp fins for a very sleek, fast look.

Construction:
The kit comes with a main and a payload body tube. The recovery system is a 28 inch parachute. The body tube is slotted and the fins slide through to mount directly to the MMT.

If you've built a LOC kit before there are no surprises here. This was my 5th LOC kit and I could have done it blindfolded. This rocket is near minimum diameter with very little space LOC/Precision Nuke Pro Maxxbetween the MMT and the body tube. Applying enough epoxy to secure the fins to the MMT took some dowels and patience. Also because of the small space there is not a lot of room for a positive motor retention system. My advice would be to pull the motor mount tube out 1/4 inch from the bottom so you can install a Slimline retainer. The instructions are minimalist but if you have put a few mid power rockets together you can manage this easily.

Finishing:
I applied some nice smooth fillets to the fins then primed and painted the rocket in a patriotic red, white, and blue scheme. LOC tubes paint nice and have very little groove to fill in on the tube.

Construction Rating: 4 out of 5

Flight:
The recommended motor list for this rocket is like few others: F,G,H,I,J motors. You could probably get away with a composite E even but I wouldn't go with a J without fiberglassing the rocket first. My first flight with this rocket I used a 38 to 29 mm motor adapter that LOC sells, the MMT-2. I loaded a G33-7 and some wadding and trekked out to the mid power pads. I forgot to leave room for a Slimline so I carefully drilled a few holes and screwed in a few clips for motor retention. I used wRASP and it predicted a flight of 1945 feet. It went up fast and straight and was a beautiful flight on a perfect day at a METRA launch. No spin, just a perfect dart to 2K feet and ejection.

Recovery:
The chute popped perfectly and the rocket literally drifted 2000 feet down to my feet. Well, within ten feet of my feet. Recovery doesn't get much easier than that! It is perfect chute for this rocket. Not too fast or slow.

Here is a link to a video of the logged flight. Here.

Flight Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:
Because of its high flight, I'm not sure I would use this rocket on an L1 cert. If you are looking for a nicely priced 1 mile capable rocket, this might be the one for you. It flies straight and fast and also has a payload section for timers and altimeters if you want to put in alternate method of recovery or see how high you went, respectively. I highly recommend this rocket. It is a nice sleek design and soars smooth.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5

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Comments:

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C.K. (December 5, 2005)
I like to say that the Nuke Pro Maxx is a really nice kit and that it looks great and I highly suggest you get it.

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