This was my first 3 inch and LOC/Precision kit. I didn't know what the quality of the parts would be but they turned out to be great. The contents of the bag were:
Construction was easy, and all the steps were in logical order. The first step is to assemble the motor mount and insert it into the body tube. Next, glue on the fins. The body tube is premarked, so no templates were required. I then used an Estes style shock cord mount to mount the shock cord, followed by attaching the NC and chute. Finally, I put on the launch lug. The parts fit nicely together and required no sanding. The only thing LOC should fix is the fins. They should have tabs that go all the way down to the motor mount tube and not just be surface mounted.
No special techniques are required to finish. Just prime and paint. I painted mine with Rustoleum primer and then a yellow body, blue nose cone, and black fins.
Construction Rating: 4 out of 5
My Onyx has flown twice on F20-4s. Each time it flew straight as an arrow to about 1000 feet and recovered undamaged under the 14" chute. The F20-4 is a great motor for this kit.
Recovery was flawless both times. Chute could be a bit bigger but it is OK for small fields. The shock cord is elastic and was held in the body tube by a piece of paper (Estes style).
Flight Rating: 4 out of 5
This is a great kit and would be even better if LOC/Precision put fin tabs on. It is a fun and simple build and a great flier. I will fly again many times on F20s and maybe a G38 or G40 once they go back into production.
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5
Single stage mid-power rocket. All of the parts were contained in a plastic bag and they were all intact and high quality. The airframe had a very small spiral groove, the fins were top quality plywood, and the nose cone was sturdy plastic. The centering rings were also quality plywood. The parachute provided was hot pink in color and 15" diameter. The instructions were contained on the ...
The LOC Onyx is my second LOC kit and I purchased it as one of three "stubby" rockets that were around three inches in diameter. This diameter compliments my 2.6" and my 4" collection. I had also purchased a RocketVision Grymm and the Estes Big Daddy. See my 3" Stubby Rocket Comparison Page The Onyx is the biggest of the three being 3.1" in diameter and 25.2" long, qualifying as a ...
( Contributed - by Bryan Chuck) Brief: The LOC/Precision Onyx is a popular entry level mid-power rocket capable of G motor flights. After tinkering around with RockSim, I decided to convert the rocket for a 38mm motor. Modifications: Although for me this project was born via spare LOC parts, I had sitting around, the listing below is what one would need if he or she bought the Onyx as ...