It IS difficult to match that green and tan paint job I use on most of my
rockets. That's why I like to bring them in softly:-). As to the one wrap or
no wrap.....now I know why you didn't see any benefits! I fold my chutes and
roll them VERY tightly. I then wrap the lines COMPLETELY around the chute
(right to the quick link). This keeps the chute in a tight "ball." When the
nose pulls the chute (and blanket) out, the blanket opens up, the lines unroll
and the chute almost explodes open. I've used this method, for years, on both
Rocketman and LOC chutes and NEVER had one not open or get tangled. I use a
blanket that is as big as I can (Ky's 30 inchers on a 7.5 inch tube). I put the
shock cord and the chute ball inside and fold the circle from 4 sides. I also
use a short piece of Kevlar to connect this to the nose/payload and main body.
As I said It has worked for me.
For anyone that wants to see what I mean..try this. Take a Rocketman Chute and
stretch it out on the floor. Next, fold the chute along its four main seams.
You should now have one panel that is flat on one side and curved on the other.
Next, fold this panel over on itself until you have a fairly thin and square
line. Next, roll this up into a tight roll, making sure that the material
doesn't squeeze out the sides ( NOT real easy to do!). Next, tightly wrap the
shroud lines around this roll, right up to the quick link. Now, take it out
side, hold on to the quick link and pitch the roll away from you (under handed,
like a soft ball pitch) I think you'll see what I mean. For chutes that use
less slipery material than Ky's this method may not work as well, but, as I
mentioned, I've used it on the biggest LOC chutes, too.
While I think deployment bags certainly have their place (and are absolutely
necessary on Pyro release type setups or any setup where the nose comes down
seperately. I'll certainly use one on my V-2) I'm not happy using them on
"normal" setups. Lots of people love them, but, for me, the necessity of having
to pull the bag off the chute, cord and shroud lines just adds to the
complexity. The blanket setup opens on it's own and I've never had the laundry
stay in the blanket.
The only problem I ever did have with one of Ky's chutes was when I took HIS
advice and packed the chute loosely, in my Warloc. The nose blew off, the
shroud lines extended, and the chute stayed in the tube. The rocket fell about
1500 feet, at which point the chute finally came out (at about 500 ft) opened
and landed right next to the pad! I spent the rest of the weekend (at the last
NSL in Muncie) answering questions about my "special" delayed deployment
system. I told people that it was still in the "development stage" and wasn't
very reliable, yet:-). One vote for blankets!
We'll keep in touch on LDRS. Maybe we can convoy, again. Talk to you, soon.