> I'm one of the growing number of British Rocketmen who's branching into
> HPR. We recently destroyed an Estes Lauchpad (of the 4-legged design) and
> now require a new one. We're not looking for Cape-Canaveral but a strong
> pad, of G-80 cluster strength, is needed. If any of you guys (and Galls)
> has any hints on good pads for the above needs, then I'd love to hear from
> you, with details of them and how to obtain one. Needless to say, getting
> our hands on info. of that type over here is near-impossible.
> Just to recap, a heavy-dutyish pad, portable, yet strong enough for
> rockets around the size of some of the larger PML rockets (e.g.Black-Brant
> X). You can reply to me in person if you like at
I'm partial to the "Chad Pad" for LMR (1-3#, or .5-1.5kilo for you folks). It's
basically 2 2x4s (don't know what your equivalent to this is) each about 4'
long, crossed with a carriage bolt in the middle. Small 2x4 scraps are attached
to the ends of the top piece so it will stand flat. Drill holes for launch
rods. I've also made a smaller 1x2 version for modle rockets and BGs.
For really big stuff, there are many nice ones available here in the US, but
mail order shipping charges across the pond for a steel structure might be a
bit pricey. I remember seeing plans for a welded steel HPR pad in the Sunsite
plans directory (maybe from the Apogee newsletter). This is a real nice pad.
Translate the parts from American to UK, and find someone who can do some
welding, and you should be all set.
Bob Kaplow NAR # 18L TRA # "Abort, Retry, Fail?"