Loc Forte'

Loc Forte'

Post by Wood » Fri, 06 Aug 1999 04:00:00



Ordered one a few days back..  May be a L1 cert bird, or not..

Any suggestions on building it?  (for LOC, I've done the Litl' Nuke,
Onyx, Graduator, Legecy, Aura... And I have the basic LOC stuff
down.....)  I'm concerned about any specifics...

thanks...

 
 
 

Loc Forte'

Post by SkyGuy » Fri, 06 Aug 1999 04:00:00


I've had my LOC forte for about 8 months now, and I have to say, it is one of
the smoothest flying rockets that I own.  As far as building, if you want, you
can configure it to fly on 38mm H power, but it will need nose weight.
Everything else on the rocket was built stock and flies great!! ( I think an I
enigine might be pushing it too,  unless your goal is orbital.)

If anything, fly this bird on a aerotech G40-7W.  It is a beauty!

 
 
 

Loc Forte'

Post by Jackbear » Fri, 06 Aug 1999 04:00:00


I built a LOC Forte which flies well on H180-10s, as well as F40-4 and G80-7.
I made the following modifications:
Added two centering rings up at the front of the MMT, slotted the MMT between
them, and cut holes in the top one to form an ejection gas baffle. Using that
plus wadding I have no scorch marks on the chute yet.
Used a small piece of fiberglass to cover the epoxy puddle at the shock cord
mount. Used about triple the supplied length of shock cord.
Using the additional centering rings let me put one of the supplied rings at
the forward edge of the fin root tab. Then I put epoxy fillets on the fin tabs
on the inside of the body tube, before installing the rear centering ring.
With enough field you should be able to use this as a Cert 1 rocket. And I am
looking forward to seeing how it does on the new 29mm I200. But do not launch
it with an H motor off a Mantis pad.
Jack W. Kale, Jr. NAR #70384 Insured, Tripoli #5798 Level 2 March 16, 1998

Timmy, you can't take it with you, so if you have a sandwich and your blue
jeans, chill. Your old man, Paul. (1st century, paraphrased)

 
 
 

Loc Forte'

Post by Chuck Wald » Sat, 07 Aug 1999 04:00:00


Quote:
>But do not launch it with an H motor off a Mantis pad.

OK, there must be a story here.  What happened?

Chuck

 
 
 

Loc Forte'

Post by Jackbear » Sat, 07 Aug 1999 04:00:00


Rocket (Forte) took off and turned in a fine vertical ascent off the Mantis pad
on an H180-10, in light wind, but when I got back to the launch area I found
the Mantis pad lying on its side. If the recoil had disturbed the pad before
the rocket left it, trajectory would have been dangerous. One such near miss is
enough. I will not take such a chance again. FWIW.
Jack W. Kale, Jr. NAR #70384 Insured, Tripoli #5798 Level 2 March 16, 1998

Timmy, you can't take it with you, so if you have a sandwich and your blue
jeans, chill. Your old man, Paul. (1st century, paraphrased)

 
 
 

Loc Forte'

Post by RocketW » Sat, 07 Aug 1999 04:00:00


Quote:
>And I am looking forward to seeing how it does on >the new 29mm I200. But do
not launch
>it with an H motor off a Mantis pad.

 I'm planning a program demonstration for our club on the use of launch rails
VS launch rods. I'll be using the LOC Forte I won as a raffle prize at NYPOWER
'99 as the rocket for use on the BlackSky launch rail system. The Forte seems
like a nice size rocket for use with the small BS rail buttons. I plan on
adding an additional section for an altimeter bay, as well as putting a 38mm
mount (how doest a J350 sound !!?) , so it won't be stock. Since the plywood
fins are semi thru  the wall I'll probably just use them instead of what I
ususally do - replace them with thru the wall G10 versions. I'll probably put a
4oz layer of glass on the fins, but will skip glassing the entire airframe.
After all this will just be a test rocket.

Douglas Caskey
President
Buffalo Rocket Society Inc.
TWNY #85/NAR Western NY #590

The views expressed are my own, and do not neccessarily represent those of the
Buffalo Rocket Society