I just received a LOC IV and I must say I am a bit disappointed
with, what I thought, would be my first "real" high power kit.
I have built two Estes NCR kits with a third waiting, and they
seem to me to be much better kits. NRC kits have the full size
tab fins that reach all the way to the motor tube while the LOC
tabs extend barely inside the body tube.
NCR centering rings are molded plastic (three of them) with
slots to align the fins. LOC has two plywood rings with no slots.
Included parachutes are a draw as are the nosecones although the LOC
seems a bit thicker.
Shock cord mounting is my biggest concern. NCR has that very nice
Gorilla grip steel cable that anchors into the top centering ring.
LOC has a length of nylon string that is masking taped to the side
wall and epoxed over. Does anyone really do that? Do folks put in
some kind of eyebolt instead?
Last, the motor mount. Estes has the plastic ring to lock in their
Dark Star engine. Of course I don't think any other engine will fit
because of that design. But LOC has nothing and relies on a friction
fit (I hate friction fits). I plan on installing the PVC motor mount
detailed in last months SpRocketry.
Since I hear a lot of "nose thumbing" at anything with "Estes" on it,
I expected to see a big step up in other companies kits. In this
case I think my NCR, if I could figure out how to mount the motor, could
handle anything this LOC could.
So, once again, what do you folks do for a shock cord mount in a LOC IV?
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