> I need a bit of advice from an Aura owner. Is the streamer provided in the
> kit sufficient? I'm worried about snapping a fin on landing, and I found that
> my Onyx's parachute was definitely too small.
The streamer is OK, but expect to break a fin on just about every
landing unless you make a few minor mods on the rocket. If you use a
chute you stand a very good chance of having it drift away, especially
if you're flying it on F or G motors. The Aura is a heavy rocket for
its size, especially with the nosecone that LOC uses, but the couple
I've seen on chutes drifted a long way.
On my Aura I slotted the BT and cut tabs onto the fin root edges and
made them through-the-wall and attached them to the motor mount. The
fins are about 1/4" shorter, but I haven't popped one off yet.
Abby has had to repair and reglue fins after just about every flight,
after using epoxy rivets in the original construction. We both thought
that it would be strong enough, but the rocket is sitting hereright now
with one fin and fillet peeled completely away from the rest of the BT.
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