Loc Lil' Nuke

Loc Lil' Nuke

Post by Bryan Chuc » Wed, 05 Jan 2000 04:00:00



Hello folks,

I just received a LOC Lil' Nuke and before I adhere anything together, I was
wondering if anybody has any suggestions on this cool little kit.

Also, the photo of the rocket on the package card shows the fins are mounted
up a tad from the rear of the airframe, yet the kit instructions show to
attach them right at the bottom. If I attach them "up a tad," how far is a
tad?

Thanks in advance! Gotta go fill the tube spirals and sand the fins!

Bryan

--
"Without maps, where would we be today?"

 
 
 

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Post by Sean Guilda » Wed, 05 Jan 2000 04:00:00


Hi Bryan,  This is a great, sturdy rocket! Here's what I did:

1. Add Kaplow klips for positive motor retention
http://members.aol.com/myhprcato/KaplowKlips.html

2. Make epoxy rivets under the fins. Just drill small holes on the lines
that are on the BT. Sand smooth the epoxy the fins in place followed by
epoxy fillets.

As for the position of the fins I made mine flush to the aft end of the BT.
It makes no difference so it's really what ever you prefer.

Have fun with it! Hope this helps!
Sean Guilday

Bryan Chuck wrote;

Quote:
> Hello folks,

> I just received a LOC Lil' Nuke and before I adhere anything together, I
was
> wondering if anybody has any suggestions on this cool little kit.

> Also, the photo of the rocket on the package card shows the fins are
mounted
> up a tad from the rear of the airframe, yet the kit instructions show to
> attach them right at the bottom. If I attach them "up a tad," how far is a
> tad?


 
 
 

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Post by Group 74 » Wed, 05 Jan 2000 04:00:00


Quote:

> Hello folks,

> I just received a LOC Lil' Nuke and before I adhere anything together, I was
> wondering if anybody has any suggestions on this cool little kit.

> Also, the photo of the rocket on the package card shows the fins are mounted
> up a tad from the rear of the airframe, yet the kit instructions show to
> attach them right at the bottom. If I attach them "up a tad," how far is a
> tad?

> Thanks in advance! Gotta go fill the tube spirals and sand the fins!

> Bryan

Hi Bryan,  I suggest mounting the fins even with the bottom of the
rocket.  This will help put the CP lower when you fly it on a G64 or a
G80.  (which you need to do when you get to a field with enough room).
One modification I'd suggest is to use Kaplow clips to hold the motor
in.  If you want to use friction fit, at least leave the motor tube
*** out 1/4 - 1/2 inch below the aft CR.  This way you can tape the
motor directly to the motor tube.  Here's a picture of retainer clips
made out of heavy copper wire, 10ga I think.
http://www.FoundCollection.com/

Have fun,
Steve Bloom

 
 
 

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Post by Bob Chmar » Wed, 05 Jan 2000 04:00:00


Glass it, put in a 38mm Motor mount and fly it on an I motor. ;^)

Seriously, I'd suggest drilling some small holes in the BT along the fin
alignment lines, this way you'll get "glue rivets" which will help to
strengthen the fin joints.  I'd also suggest epoxy fillets for the same
reason.  And install some kind of motor retention, I have Kaplow Klips on
mine.

I mounted my fins right at the bottom of the airframe.

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| Hello folks,
|
| I just received a LOC Lil' Nuke and before I adhere anything together, I
was
| wondering if anybody has any suggestions on this cool little kit.
|
| Also, the photo of the rocket on the package card shows the fins are
mounted
| up a tad from the rear of the airframe, yet the kit instructions show to
| attach them right at the bottom. If I attach them "up a tad," how far is a
| tad?
|
| Thanks in advance! Gotta go fill the tube spirals and sand the fins!
|
| Bryan
|
| --
| "Without maps, where would we be today?"
|
|

 
 
 

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Post by Ted Proseu » Wed, 05 Jan 2000 04:00:00


It flies very well on an H238 also!

Ted Proseus

TRA6674 L2

Quote:

> Hi Bryan,  This is a great, sturdy rocket! Here's what I did:

> 1. Add Kaplow klips for positive motor retention
> http://members.aol.com/myhprcato/KaplowKlips.html

> 2. Make epoxy rivets under the fins. Just drill small holes on the lines
> that are on the BT. Sand smooth the epoxy the fins in place followed by
> epoxy fillets.

> As for the position of the fins I made mine flush to the aft end of the BT.
> It makes no difference so it's really what ever you prefer.

> Have fun with it! Hope this helps!
> Sean Guilday

> Bryan Chuck wrote;
> > Hello folks,

> > I just received a LOC Lil' Nuke and before I adhere anything together, I
> was
> > wondering if anybody has any suggestions on this cool little kit.

> > Also, the photo of the rocket on the package card shows the fins are
> mounted
> > up a tad from the rear of the airframe, yet the kit instructions show to
> > attach them right at the bottom. If I attach them "up a tad," how far is a
> > tad?

 
 
 

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Post by JPSARTRE » Wed, 05 Jan 2000 04:00:00


Quote:
>Subject: Loc Lil' Nuke

>Date: Wed, 05 January 2000 12:55 AM EST

>Hello folks,

>I just received a LOC Lil' Nuke and before I adhere anything together, I was
>wondering if anybody has any suggestions on this cool little kit.

>Also, the photo of the rocket on the package card shows the fins are mounted
>up a tad from the rear of the airframe, yet the kit instructions show to
>attach them right at the bottom. If I attach them "up a tad," how far is a
>tad?

>Thanks in advance! Gotta go fill the tube spirals and sand the fins!

I know that this will surprise a few, but I'd say "glass the fins on" and fly
it on a big motor.  I have two Lil Nukes. One is built stock (but with wood
glue only). The other has all fins glassed onto the body.  The glassed one has
survived a fall from heaven on  a parastreamer.  The unglassed one would have
been toast.

Mark Simpson
NAR 71503 Level II

 
 
 

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Post by Tom Binfor » Wed, 05 Jan 2000 04:00:00


Quote:

> Take the surface mount fins, and make a new set with tabs on so that
> they can be mounted TTW.........makes it reall tough, better yet make
> the TTW fins with some G10.......& .....Positive engine retention and
> its one tough rocket. They can be up  1/4 to 3/8 inch perhaps more
> without any adverse problems. Its very stable. If you make them TTW
> keep em up about 1/4"  or so for best strength.

It's plenty tough without TTW fins. Just remove the glassine coating on
the BT where the epoxy will go. I've flown a stock built Nuke on a H500
without problems. It was built completely stock except for leaving 1/2
of the MMT exposed so I could tape the motor to it.

Tom

Quote:



> >Hi Bryan,  This is a great, sturdy rocket! Here's what I did:

> >1. Add Kaplow klips for positive motor retention
> >http://members.aol.com/myhprcato/KaplowKlips.html

> >2. Make epoxy rivets under the fins. Just drill small holes on the lines
> >that are on the BT. Sand smooth the epoxy the fins in place followed by
> >epoxy fillets.

> >As for the position of the fins I made mine flush to the aft end of the BT.
> >It makes no difference so it's really what ever you prefer.

> >Have fun with it! Hope this helps!
> >Sean Guilday

> >Bryan Chuck wrote;
> >> Hello folks,

> >> I just received a LOC Lil' Nuke and before I adhere anything together, I
> >was
> >> wondering if anybody has any suggestions on this cool little kit.

> >> Also, the photo of the rocket on the package card shows the fins are
> >mounted
> >> up a tad from the rear of the airframe, yet the kit instructions show to
> >> attach them right at the bottom. If I attach them "up a tad," how far is a
> >> tad?

 
 
 

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Post by Tom Binfor » Wed, 05 Jan 2000 04:00:00


Quote:

> Glass it, put in a 38mm Motor mount and fly it on an I motor. ;^)

If you're going to do that, just leave out the motor mount and fly it on
a J125-15. (Glassing is not required for this combo.)

Tom

 
 
 

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Post by foxe » Thu, 06 Jan 2000 04:00:00


Take the surface mount fins, and make a new set with tabs on so that
they can be mounted TTW.........makes it reall tough, better yet make
the TTW fins with some G10.......& .....Positive engine retention and
its one tough rocket. They can be up  1/4 to 3/8 inch perhaps more
without any adverse problems. Its very stable. If you make them TTW
keep em up about 1/4"  or so for best strength.



Quote:
>Hi Bryan,  This is a great, sturdy rocket! Here's what I did:

>1. Add Kaplow klips for positive motor retention
>http://members.aol.com/myhprcato/KaplowKlips.html

>2. Make epoxy rivets under the fins. Just drill small holes on the lines
>that are on the BT. Sand smooth the epoxy the fins in place followed by
>epoxy fillets.

>As for the position of the fins I made mine flush to the aft end of the BT.
>It makes no difference so it's really what ever you prefer.

>Have fun with it! Hope this helps!
>Sean Guilday

>Bryan Chuck wrote;
>> Hello folks,

>> I just received a LOC Lil' Nuke and before I adhere anything together, I
>was
>> wondering if anybody has any suggestions on this cool little kit.

>> Also, the photo of the rocket on the package card shows the fins are
>mounted
>> up a tad from the rear of the airframe, yet the kit instructions show to
>> attach them right at the bottom. If I attach them "up a tad," how far is a
>> tad?