Good Mid-Power pad

Good Mid-Power pad

Post by Alex DeMarc » Mon, 03 Dec 2001 10:24:51



Guys,

Can someone give me opinions on Mid Power Pads... Who makes a good one(but
not mega expensive).

- Alex

 
 
 

Good Mid-Power pad

Post by Dale Windso » Mon, 03 Dec 2001 11:25:20


check out ZRocketwerkZ new pads

http://www.zrocketwerkz.com/accessories/launch_equipment.htm
--
Dale Windsor
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TRA #1795 L3 - www.tripoliatlanta.org

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> Organization: Road Runner
> Newsgroups: rec.models.rockets
> Date: Sun, 02 Dec 2001 01:24:51 GMT
> Subject: Good Mid-Power pad

> Guys,

> Can someone give me opinions on Mid Power Pads... Who makes a good one(but
> not mega expensive).

> - Alex


 
 
 

Good Mid-Power pad

Post by Ken W. Alge » Mon, 03 Dec 2001 11:53:19


I built the "plumber's" pad for right about $20.00.  Check info-central for
ground support info, I think the plans are there.  If not email me and I can
get you the details.  It works great up to 1/4" rods, maybe even 3/8".

Ken W. Alger
NAR, Level 1
Salem, Oregon
USA


Quote:
> Guys,

> Can someone give me opinions on Mid Power Pads... Who makes a good one(but
> not mega expensive).

> - Alex

 
 
 

Good Mid-Power pad

Post by R. J. Talle » Mon, 03 Dec 2001 12:23:59


The Vaughn Brothers pad is pretty good at around $120.00. The Yellowjacket
is equally good for a tad less. The Aerotech Mantis pad is too prone to
breakage for me to give it a good recommendation. I sold mine a couple of
years ago and don't miss it one bit.

In truth, if you have access to wood working tools and are reasonably
skilled enough to cut things to measure, you could build your own and get
something really good for not much $$. I bought the plans for the NAR Pivot
Head a few years back and made 10 of them from s***Corian and surplus
knobs. I used old inner tubes for washers and surplus cap screws to hold it
all together. Along the way I made a 2X version for mid-power rockets and
1/4 inch rods. I mounted it on a home-made tripod cut from .75" exterior ply
wood. The whole thing was dirt cheap and worked like a charm. Unfortunately,
it was stolen out of the back of my truck while out at El Mirage a year ago.
I hope the creep who took it dies a slow death...but I digress. Anyway,
that's my $.02 worth.  Good luck.

--
R. J. Talley
NAR 69594

"To do is to be"...Descartes
"To be is to do"...Voltaire
"Do be, Do be, do"...Sinatra

Quote:
> Guys,

> Can someone give me opinions on Mid Power Pads... Who makes a good one(but
> not mega expensive).

> - Alex

 
 
 

Good Mid-Power pad

Post by Kevin Trojanowsk » Mon, 03 Dec 2001 12:59:39


Alex...

I bought a Wasp from Yellowjacket Systems this past summer, and love the
thing.  Best rocketry-related investment I've ever made.

-Kevin

Quote:

> Guys,

> Can someone give me opinions on Mid Power Pads... Who makes a good one(but
> not mega expensive).

> - Alex

 
 
 

Good Mid-Power pad

Post by Rhhick » Mon, 03 Dec 2001 13:05:29


RJ Talley mentioned someone stealing his launch pad from his truck at a launch.
I thought generally we were a pretty honest bunch. I and many others leave all
kinds of items behind at our cars when out to the pads or recover. Do many of
you have problems with thieving types?  --  Richard " smelling the Krylon"
Hickok
 
 
 

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Post by Dick Staffor » Mon, 03 Dec 2001 13:10:47


That really sucks.  Maybe I should be more careful, I generally leave all my
stuff (range box stuff, motors, rockets, binoculars, radios, camera.....
Never had a problem to date.

--

Dick Stafford
TRA #06578 L2, MDRA #0100
NAR #47992 SR L2, NARHAMS
http://users.erols.com/rstaff/index.htm


Quote:
> RJ Talley mentioned someone stealing his launch pad from his truck at a
launch.
> I thought generally we were a pretty honest bunch. I and many others leave
all
> kinds of items behind at our cars when out to the pads or recover. Do many
of
> you have problems with thieving types?  --  Richard " smelling the Krylon"
> Hickok

 
 
 

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Post by R. J. Talle » Mon, 03 Dec 2001 14:24:50


I seriously doubt that this was "one of us". More than likely it was one of
the white-trash *** hoodlums that frequent that area drinking and smoking
dope. El Mirage gets a bunch of them over holiday weekends. I left my truck
unattended at the edge of the lake while I hunted down a prized model that
drifted off. When I returned, my truck had been entered and items were
missing. What was really distressing was that the jerk urinated in the bed
of my truck and in my hood/cowl air intake. The stench was awful. I had seen
some punks lurking around the edge of the lake earlier in the day. Others
also reported that they had seen these guys and that they too had stuff
stolen. You know, I was never really out of sight of the truck. I just
wasn't looking at it all of the time. Oh well, it's not my problem any more.
But if I ever see that pad at a swap meet or garage sale in Palmdale, the
*&%$ is going to hit the fan.

--
R. J. Talley
NAR 69594

"To do is to be"...Descartes
"To be is to do"...Voltaire
"Do be, Do be, do"...Sinatra

Quote:
> RJ Talley mentioned someone stealing his launch pad from his truck at a
launch.
> I thought generally we were a pretty honest bunch. I and many others leave
all
> kinds of items behind at our cars when out to the pads or recover. Do many
of
> you have problems with thieving types?  --  Richard " smelling the Krylon"
> Hickok

 
 
 

Good Mid-Power pad

Post by Rhhick » Mon, 03 Dec 2001 14:32:41


It's reassuring that it wasn't one the rocket crowd, though unfortunate that
those type of douchebags hang around your launchsite.  --  Richard "the crowd
remembers Bender" Hickok
 
 
 

Good Mid-Power pad

Post by Quilly Mammot » Mon, 03 Dec 2001 14:46:57


Yellow Jacket.  Priced as a mid power pad it can easily stand up to most HPR.  I
have seen them hold some hefty birds.  They are the most stoutly engineered pad
I have seen for anything like the price.

On Sun, 02 Dec 2001 01:24:51 GMT, in article

Quote:

>Guys,

>Can someone give me opinions on Mid Power Pads... Who makes a good one(but
>not mega expensive).

>- Alex

Quilly Mammoth
"Fantasy is ultimately what fiction is all about. Read it and you will become
again as a little child -- and as wise as Gandalf. Like auctioneers, we should
try to appreciate all kinds of art." Michael Dirda
 
 
 

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Post by RayDunak » Mon, 03 Dec 2001 15:14:32


<< Can someone give me opinions on Mid Power Pads... Who makes a good one (but
not mega expensive). >>

The best route is to make your own! You can build an excellent pad suitable for
both model and high power rockets, at super-low cost, using ordinary tools.
Here's where you can find detailed instructions, diagrams and photos for the
world's simplest, cheapest and easiest to use launchpad:

http://albums.photopoint.com/j/AlbumIndex?u=743031&a=12403293

This pad can use a variety of rod sizes, from 1/8" up to 1/2", and can also be
fitted with a rail if you prefer.

 
 
 

Good Mid-Power pad

Post by RayDunak » Mon, 03 Dec 2001 15:18:07


<< That really sucks.  Maybe I should be more careful, I generally leave all my
stuff (range box stuff, motors, rockets, binoculars, radios, camera..... Never
had a problem to date. >>

Same here. I've often worried about theft since the conditions at a launch
would make it pretty easy for something to be taken. But so far it hasn't
happened, and the couple of times when I thought maybe something _had_ been
stolen, it turned out I'd just misplaced it, as usual.  :)

 
 
 

Good Mid-Power pad

Post by Rhhick » Mon, 03 Dec 2001 22:17:27


I've been impresed with the simplicity of the pads used at the
Maryland/Delaware HPR launches. They are 2 X 4s & maybe a 2 X 10 or 2 X 12
(I'll try to remember a steel tape to get dimensions today). In it's most basic
terms, a launch pad just has to hold the launch rod & prevent the rocket from
falling over. Hell, there have times when the right size rod wasn't available &
I just grab the the right size rod (I even bring my own as back-ups) move some
of the flammable vegetation waste aside with my foot, stick the rod firmly in
the ground & pop 'em off. It does not have to be an expensive or hard-to-work
with metal tripod arrangement.  --  Richard "why overbuild?" Hickok
 
 
 

Good Mid-Power pad

Post by Bob Kapl » Tue, 04 Dec 2001 00:20:22



Quote:
> I built the "plumber's" pad for right about $20.00.  Check info-central for
> ground support info, I think the plans are there.  If not email me and I can
> get you the details.  It works great up to 1/4" rods, maybe even 3/8".

While I'm not a particular fan of the plumbers pad, I agree that for LMR,
you can make something far better than any of the mass market pads for less
money. I use a mini Chad pad for most of my flying. It's described in part 8
(gliders) of the RMR FAQ.

The other good option is an old camera tripod, light stand, music stand, or
such. I've got a camera tripod that's older than I am and VERY heavy (read
sturdy) that I use for my old tower launcher.

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Post by John DeMa » Tue, 04 Dec 2001 02:00:36


Quote:

> Can someone give me opinions on Mid Power Pads... Who makes a good one(but
> not mega expensive).

   In addition to all the other options given here, I made my own mid-power
pad about 8 years ago using 'lead' pipe.  It's pretty inexpensive and very
sturdy (holds up better than the plastic pipe versions).  The design is
"scalable" for heavier rockets by using larger diameter pipe and longer legs.
Mine uses 1/2 ID pipe.  A friend has two larger ones, with the BIG one that
seems strong enough to hold a fullscale Redstone. ;)

   Make a center assembly using a "T" with threads on the two ends and socket
in the middle.  Put 135 degree couplers on either end.  Put three length of
pipe into the "T" and couplers to make a tripod.  Cap the ends of the legs
to keep them from sinking in the dirt.  Optionally, telescope a larger piece
of pipe over one leg, tap some threads for a thumbscrew, to make one leg have
an adjustable length.
   To attach the rod, drill a hole down thru the "T" for the largest rod
you'll use.  Two ways I've used to hold the rod in are:  tap some threads in
from the side and use a thumbscrew; or put collars with setscrews in them on
rod on the top and bottom of the "T".
   Probably costs around $20-$30.  To transport the pad, unscrew the center
leg and it will lay flat in the trunk (no comments! ;).
   I've used this for up thru I's and 5 pound rockets.
   -John DeMar
    NAR 52094