I just bought the "MicroHybrid" kit from Rene Caldera (it's designer and
inventor). It's an ingeneous little design, and I was just wondering how much
market interest there might be for a small hybrid motor like this if it were
ever able to go into commerical production. It's a 24mm motor that uses CO2
cylender style N2O cylender that can be bought at cooking stores, and paper
fuel grains. A small piece of APCP, an igniter and your set. No filling
I've been following Rene's work for about a year, and have watched the
progression of this beuty, and I believe this would be a great way to get all
of those people who want to get into hybrids, but don't have the means to buy
the motor and the fill equipment, into hybrids.
I'm thinking it would be comparable to the 24mm aerotech reloadbles in price if
not cheaper. (The materials, and design packet only cost me $25 bucks, and 25
fuel grains only cost $5.)
At this point this may be little more than just wishfull thinking, as it's
still just an experimental kit with raw materials that you need to machine
If you have acess to a lathe I strongly suggest you get the kit from him. Its
more than worth the money.
Check it out for yourself at http://www.microhybrid.com/
By the way...(You've heard this one before) I have no affiliation with Rene,
Just an extreemly satisfied customer.
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