> 1. Can anyone recommend a good launch pad. I had to dumb mine which comes in
> the set. It was too fragile.
I'm partial to the Mini Chad Pad I built years ago. It's good for any
questes kit and most of the NCR/Aerotech stuff. Cost is just a few bucks
worth of parts.
> 2. My launch controller which come with the Estes set doesn't work very
> good. It simply doesn't ignite the igniter or when it does I have to keep
> button pushed for 10-20 sec.
The ONLY cheap launch controller available today that's wortht he plastic
it's molded out of is the Quest pistol grip unit in their newer starter
sets. Functionally, it's the same as the one in the Micro Maxx silo. Replace
the 9v alkaline battery with the GE/Sanyo 7.2v nicad, and you;ve got a
I gutted my old Solar launcher, replacing the 4 penlight cells with 6
nicads, and replaced the wire with 30' of 18ga lamp cord. The nicads finally
died after years of use, before I got around to replacing the light bulb
with a piezo buzzer. But by the time you make that many changes to the
current generation of launcher, you might as well build that from scratch
> Or may be it's the igniters problem. I have Estes igniters which comes with
> the D12-5.
It is very common for the ignitors to be broken in the package. Return them
to the manufacturer for replacement.
> Should I buy a new better controller? Any suggestions on which one?
Build from scratch!
Bob Kaplow NAR # 18L TRA # "Ctrl-Alt-Del"
Kaplow Klips & Baffle: http://www.nira.chicago.il.us/Leading_Edge/MayJun00.pdf
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