Shockwave Rocketry 3-in. Von Karman Fiberglass 6:1 Nosecone

Shockwave Rocketry - 3-in. Von Karman Fiberglass 6:1 Nosecone {Component} (3-in. Von Karman)

Contributed by Ken Adams

Construction Rating: starstarstarstarstar_border
Flight Rating: starstarstarstarstar_border
Overall Rating: starstarstarstarstar_border
Published: 2011-12-21
Manufacturer: Shockwave Rocketry



For a scratch built project, I purchased a Shockwave fiberglass 3" Von Karman nose cone.

I loved that it was all fiberglass and not coated with polyester gelcoat.


Pros: Great price!, quality product, easy to finish.

Cons: Maybe it is a con to some, there is no bulkplate included. That was fine by me! I prefer to use a loop of nylon or kevlar to attach the nose, rather than a bolt.


Finishing was easy I just washed and sanded it, and gave it several coats of primer followed by more sanding, red paint, more sanding, and finally some clear, followed by buffing.

Construction Score: 4


I used this on a scratch built project. Here is the flight video:


Getting a hard bang on the Salt Flats didn't cause any trouble.

Flight Rating: 4


Shockwave makes a great product and it has a  substantially lower cost than a filament wound model of the same specs.

Overall Rating: 4

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