LOC Lil Nuke

LOC Lil Nuke

Post by Chris Blackha » Tue, 13 Oct 1998 04:00:00



    Hello.  Me again, I have a question for everyone.  What is your
opinion of the LOC Lil Nuke?  I am thinking of buying one as my first
non Estes kit, and I'm really curious if this is a good rocket to start
with?  Thanks in advance.

Chris

 
 
 

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Post by John Bolen » Tue, 13 Oct 1998 04:00:00


Good rocket to start with and almost indestructible.
It flys on D motors real slow but I personally like it on a G64.
I have heard of others using H128 motors.

reinforce those fin fillets with glass and add T-nuts to the ass end
for motor retention

Quote:

>     Hello.  Me again, I have a question for everyone.  What is your
> opinion of the LOC Lil Nuke?  I am thinking of buying one as my first
> non Estes kit, and I'm really curious if this is a good rocket to start
> with?  Thanks in advance.

> Chris

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Post by Dwight L. Brow » Tue, 13 Oct 1998 04:00:00


Ah...........The Nuclear One

One of my favorite rockets.  Make sure you sand the shiny stuff off the
body tube before you glue the fins on.  You might also want to use epoxy
rivets to glue the fins on.  ( drill a line of holes where the fins attach
then the epoxy gets a better grip)  I commend the F20-7 econojet to you as
my favorite motor for this beast.

                                Via Con Queso,

                                D.L. Brown NAR 69453 L2



Quote:
>     Hello.  Me again, I have a question for everyone.  What is your
> opinion of the LOC Lil Nuke?  I am thinking of buying one as my first
> non Estes kit, and I'm really curious if this is a good rocket to start
> with?  Thanks in advance.

> Chris

 
 
 

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Post by Jeffrey D. Gortatowsk » Tue, 13 Oct 1998 04:00:00


Is it accurate to say many of you bring you LN down on streamers? How
big?

Jeff

Quote:

> Good rocket to start with and almost indestructible.
> It flys on D motors real slow but I personally like it on a G64.
> I have heard of others using H128 motors.

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Post by Dave Thoma » Tue, 13 Oct 1998 04:00:00


The Lil Nuke is a great kit to start out with. I bought one for my wife and
she built it with no problems at all. It is very easy to build and tough as
nails if you build it properly. We like to fly it on G33's and G40's for
great flights.

This kit is so tough that it has come down sans chute a few times and had
zero damage.

Dave Thomas

Quote:

>    Hello.  Me again, I have a question for everyone.  What is your
>opinion of the LOC Lil Nuke?  I am thinking of buying one as my first
>non Estes kit, and I'm really curious if this is a good rocket to start
>with?  Thanks in advance.

>Chris

 
 
 

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Post by Bob Kapl » Tue, 13 Oct 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

>     Hello.  Me again, I have a question for everyone.  What is your
> opinion of the LOC Lil Nuke?  I am thinking of buying one as my first
> non Estes kit, and I'm really curious if this is a good rocket to start
> with?  Thanks in advance.

I must be off in a different plane as everyone else, but IMHO this rocket is
marginally stable and I've seen many go unstable after being loaded up with
oversized motors.

I'd recommend the LOC Graduator or THOY Hornet as a good next step kit. And
in either case, add kaplow Klips, a third centering ring, and baffle as
described below.

        Bob Kaplow      NAR # 18L       TRA # "Ctrl-Alt-Del"

Kaplow Klips:   http://members.aol.com/myhprcato/KaplowKlips.html
NIRA:           http://www.nira.chicago.il.us  NAR:    http://www.nar.org

 
 
 

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Post by Tom Binfor » Tue, 13 Oct 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> I must be off in a different plane as everyone else, but IMHO this rocket is
> marginally stable and I've seen many go unstable after being loaded up with
> oversized motors.

I've had no problems with the Lil Nuke on any motor that fits. (29mm)
Tom
 
 
 

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Post by steve bloo » Tue, 13 Oct 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

>Is it accurate to say many of you bring you LN down on streamers? How
>big?

>Jeff

We used a streamer ~six feet long, doubled, for two 3"x 30" for our high alt
recoveries.  It came down fast but suffered no damage.  Nearly
indestructable.  We launched it on an H128, ONE time..........

Steve Bloom
Seattle area Rocketeer

 
 
 

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Post by Ken Finwa » Wed, 14 Oct 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

>I've had no problems with the Lil Nuke on any motor that fits. (29mm)
>Tom

I found the H124 was a bit too heavy for a stabile flight, when I used that motor the
rocket arched over before becoming stabile and I had to walk a mile to get it.
H70, H55, H128 and H238's worked well. For small fields the E30-4 is a perfect motor.
I've also used F20, F44, F50, F72, F101, G25, G40 and G80 motors with great results.
My Nuke has seen over 40 flights and once had a fin pop off. At BALLS this year I
tried out a few Rocketdyne motors in it, the F40 performed flawlessly, the G50 had a
short delay and striped the chute, causing the rocket to come down pretty fast, but
still no damage. I've also had the enjoyment of using Kosdon G170's in the Nuke (when
outside of California) -- pretty similar flight to the H238's. Just don't use the
D12-3, that lil motor simply doesn't have enough guts to lift the rocket safely.

The Lil Nuke was my first rocket when I got back into the hobby, after 15+ year
hiatus, and has been a joy.

Ken

 
 
 

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Post by Gene Costanz » Wed, 14 Oct 1998 04:00:00


I'd agree with BK; wheelbase is everything...go with a Graduator or even
a Legacy. Stratosphere in your future? Build either with a 38mm mount