>My tip for the Lil Nuke is to make sure you use epoxy
>rivets when attaching the fins. This is a great rocket, but you want a
>small(like the one that comes with the kit) chute, and you dont want
>the fins to break off every time it hits the ground. Drill holes along
>the fin attachment line just a wee bit smaller than the thickness of
>the fins, and attach fins with epoxy.
>Too bad the best motor to use in the Lil' Nuke isnt certified.. they
>are awesome with a AT F-52.
I've flown my Lil' Nuke built stock on motors ranging from E's to G's
without any problems. I finally lost it to power lines and built a
new one with epoxy rivets. I never had a fin break off on either
Lil'Nukes. This is what I did to Lil' Nuke #2 just to make sure they
- Made sure to sand the glassine off the body tube where the fins
would be glued on.
- Used epoxy rivets (small holes as described by the previous poster,
works great as an alternative to slotting and going TTW).
- Used a good slow-cure epoxy for the actual fin filets, although I
did use 30 minute epoxy for the initial gluing. I used the 24-hour
cure time variety for the fillet. Most of these are also sandable
so you can smooth them out for great looking filets.
In any event, the fin shape used by the Lil'Nuke is a very efficient
one and because they don't extend below the body tube, the body tube
itself usually handles the brunt of impact on hard landings. Since
the rocket airframe is extra-thick 54mm motor tubing, it's very very
tough. The Lil'Nuke is an exceptionnal rocket. I've always thought
it and the LOC Vulcanite are probably the niftiest rockets of the