LOC Aura

LOC Aura

Post by Thomas Parso » Sun, 05 Aug 2001 00:57:17



Ok, ordered one of these for my wife, had no idea what to really expect.
It's pretty cool, not much more than 3FNC, but anyway, any build hints and
tips from you folks?  Thanks in advance

--
T. E. Parson
NAR 78955 L1
PHITS Member  NAR Section 565
If you can't DAZZLE 'em with brilliance, BAFFLE 'em with bullsh#t!

.

 
 
 

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Post by Gene Costanz » Sun, 05 Aug 2001 06:58:17


Dang kewl toy, Thomas. I flew a clone on everything: D12's - G125's. (That
lil *** PA-TINGS on a G125 but ain't too lazy on an F50 or any other G
for that matter, either.)

Go with a BIG streamer (Top-Flite 7x70" if you can). It's a real "hanger",
i.e. hit the button, watch it rip outta sight, order a Big Mac Super Size,
and look up after your 3/4 done with your fries and 3 sips of a <insert
favorite carbonated beverage here>. That's about when you'll catch the first
gravity-motivated glimpse.

It was a stock clone EXCEPT for the TTW fins. In my case, the faster boost
motors always brought it pretty close to home.
--

METRA  BOD TRA #07017 L3 NAR #74503 L3

I give in to sin,
Because I like to practice what I preach...


| Ok, ordered one of these for my wife, had no idea what to really expect.
| It's pretty cool, not much more than 3FNC, but anyway, any build hints and
| tips from you folks?  Thanks in advance
|
|
| --
| T. E. Parson
| NAR 78955 L1
| PHITS Member  NAR Section 565
| If you can't DAZZLE 'em with brilliance, BAFFLE 'em with bullsh#t!
|
| .
|
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Post by nojun » Sun, 05 Aug 2001 07:43:01


Quote:

> Ok, ordered one of these for my wife, had no idea what to really expect.
> It's pretty cool, not much more than 3FNC, but anyway, any build hints and
> tips from you folks?  Thanks in advance

My wife and I each have one.  She built hers first, completely stock.
She used epoxy "rivets" to attach the fins, yet one fin has popped off
on each flight.  

I saw what happened, and my fins are a little shorter...I cut some slots
in the body tube and did them through-the-wall, and epoxied them both to
the body tube and to the motor mount.  My fins have not popped off.  I
had to make some minor adjustments on the fit of the centering rings, if
I recall correctly.  I filled in the void between the BT and the MMT at
the tail end with epocy, and drilled a small tap hole in; I use a
music-wire "J" hook screwed into the hole to secure the motor.

--
Mike
NAR #70953 - Sr/HPR Level-1 ~ SeaNAR - The Seattle NAR Section #568
NO Junk Email, please! Real email to: amphoto [at] blarg [dot] net.
<Vegetables aren't food; vegetables are what the food eats!>

 
 
 

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Post by Bryan Chuc » Sun, 05 Aug 2001 09:44:38


Hey there Tom!

Although I've never built this particular rocket, I am familiar with it from
various launches. With the surface mounted fins, be sure to rough up the
airframe where the fins will be attached. Epoxy doesn't seem to get a good
grab on the glassine finish of body tubes...You might also wish to drill a
series of 1/16 holes down the line where the fins will be mounted. This will
allow the epoxy to seep into the holes and form mini anchors, or internal
rivets.

I should probably make on of those little devils. I kind of like the 3fnc
style of rocket :)

Great flying to you, your wife and family!

Regards,

Bryan "looking forward to flying my LOC IV (3fnc) tomorrow with SARG" Chuck
NAR 73541 L2


Quote:
> Ok, ordered one of these for my wife, had no idea what to really expect.
> It's pretty cool, not much more than 3FNC, but anyway, any build hints and
> tips from you folks?  Thanks in advance

> --
> T. E. Parson
> NAR 78955 L1
> PHITS Member  NAR Section 565
> If you can't DAZZLE 'em with brilliance, BAFFLE 'em with bullsh#t!

> .

 
 
 

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Post by TomNavyR » Tue, 07 Aug 2001 17:35:39


Quote:
> It's pretty cool, not much more than 3FNC, but anyway, any build hints and
>> tips from you folks?

I've got one that I've launched at least a dozen times. While building I made
small holes with a nail all along the line for the fins so that the epoxy would
ooze in and make epoxy rivets. Ensure that you do really good fillets. I've had
great flights on D engines and its awesome on E15 and E30 motors. My
daughter-in-law launched hers on an F25 at the Monroe launch and achieved a
little over 4000ft. Great rocket for intro into mid-power.
Next try the Lil Nuke or Onyx.
Tom Brown

"Don't take life too seriously, You don't get out of it alive anyway"

 
 
 

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Post by Thomas Parso » Wed, 08 Aug 2001 09:17:25


Ok, was in the local hobby shop today, and thought, what the heck.  I bought
some airplane plywood of the same thickness of the Aura's fins, and am
considering through the wall, or to the motor tube fins.  Is this a good
idea?  I figured, from almost everyone's point of view, my own included,
that the surface mount fins might be improved in this manner.  Thanks again
all...

--
T. E. Parson
NAR 78955 L1
PHITS Member  NAR Section 565
If you can't DAZZLE 'em with brilliance, BAFFLE 'em with bullsh#t!

.


Quote:
> > It's pretty cool, not much more than 3FNC, but anyway, any build hints
and
> >> tips from you folks?

> I've got one that I've launched at least a dozen times. While building I
made
> small holes with a nail all along the line for the fins so that the epoxy
would
> ooze in and make epoxy rivets. Ensure that you do really good fillets.
I've had
> great flights on D engines and its awesome on E15 and E30 motors. My
> daughter-in-law launched hers on an F25 at the Monroe launch and achieved
a
> little over 4000ft. Great rocket for intro into mid-power.
> Next try the Lil Nuke or Onyx.
> Tom Brown

> "Don't take life too seriously, You don't get out of it alive anyway"

 
 
 

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Post by David Weinshenke » Wed, 08 Aug 2001 09:43:28


Quote:

> Ok, was in the local hobby shop today, and thought, what the heck.  I bought
> some airplane plywood of the same thickness of the Aura's fins, and am
> considering through the wall, or to the motor tube fins.  Is this a good
> idea?

Yes. Slot the airframe, and make extended tabs on the fins to reach the motor
tube.

When you install the motor mount tube, leave the aft centering ring unglued -
just install it "dry" at the very rear of the airframe when you glue the
MMT in by the forward ring (to hold the aft end centered). Put some glue
on the root edge of each fin (this is a good place to use a really fast
epoxy, like Devcon "5 minute") and push it through the slot to the
motor tube. Tape it in place to hold it perpendicular until the glue hardens.

Now run the usual sort of glue fillets down the "valleys" at the junction
of the fins and the airframe, let them harden, and then pull out the rear
centering ring. This lets you also place fillets along the _inside_ of
the fin/airframe junctions, and along the fin/motor tube junctions.
(Wrap some masking tape around the outside of the MMT, and the inside of the
airframe, aft of the fins - this keeps extra blobs of glue from getting
in the way when you go to install it after applying the internal fillets.)

-dave w

 
 
 

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Post by nojun » Wed, 08 Aug 2001 09:58:17


Quote:

> Yes. Slot the airframe, and make extended tabs on the fins to reach the motor
> tube.

There's really no need to extend the fins; there is plenty of fin area,
and the fins are only being shortened by about 1/8", so it's not like a
major design change or anything.  Flies great with slightly smaller
fins, and even looks the same unless you set two of them side-by-side
and do a comparison.

--
Mike
NAR #70953 - Sr/HPR Level-1 ~ SeaNAR - The Seattle NAR Section #568
NO Junk Email, please! Real email to: amphoto [at] blarg [dot] net.
<Vegetables aren't food; vegetables are what the food eats!>

 
 
 

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Post by Andy E » Thu, 09 Aug 2001 03:36:07


Hello Tom,

The LOC Aura came around early in the BAR lineup.  After breaking off
the surface mount fins a couple times, it's been a solid ship.

Flew great on an H90 SU too!

Andy

On Fri, 03 Aug 2001 15:57:17 GMT, "Thomas Parson"

Quote:

>Ok, ordered one of these for my wife, had no idea what to really expect.
>It's pretty cool, not much more than 3FNC, but anyway, any build hints and
>tips from you folks?  Thanks in advance

>--
>T. E. Parson
>NAR 78955 L1
>PHITS Member  NAR Section 565
>If you can't DAZZLE 'em with brilliance, BAFFLE 'em with bullsh#t!

>.