Clustering the LOC "STOVI"?

Clustering the LOC "STOVI"?

Post by Warren N. Mass » Wed, 10 Aug 1994 01:28:08



LOC/Precision sells a kit called STOVI that recommends a single F44-5 or G42-8
24mm (no 29mm motors here) to power it. However, the aft end of the beast has
one central 24mm tube surrounded by 6 more 24mm tubes. All the tubes are about
12" long. While LOC recommends against populating these external tubes with
motors, they do offer considerable flexibility in adding additional motors.
With this arangement I can conceive of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 motor patterns
that are symmetric. Add in the many choices of motor types and starting
options (air vs. on-the-pad) and there are some real possibilities here
assuming it is built stong enough and stable enough. Has anyone else
considered this kit for these reasons or done this?

Warren
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Clustering the LOC "STOVI"?

Post by kaplo.. » Thu, 11 Aug 1994 18:22:36



Quote:
> LOC/Precision sells a kit called STOVI that recommends a single F44-5 or G42-8
> 24mm (no 29mm motors here) to power it. However, the aft end of the beast has
> one central 24mm tube surrounded by 6 more 24mm tubes. All the tubes are about
> 12" long. While LOC recommends against populating these external tubes with
> motors, they do offer considerable flexibility in adding additional motors.
> With this arangement I can conceive of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 motor patterns
> that are symmetric. Add in the many choices of motor types and starting
> options (air vs. on-the-pad) and there are some real possibilities here
> assuming it is built stong enough and stable enough. Has anyone else
> considered this kit for these reasons or done this?

LOC stopped selling many of their cluster kits for this reason. It probably
had something to do with advice from some slimy lawyers (Is that a
redundancy?) It's always possible that some nut (not someone on rmr of
course) will overload the thing with motors, and either shread the beast, or
make it so tail heavy that it goes unstable. I know that's why he dropped
the Ultimate. It was designed to fly with 7 F motors, but there were those
who loaded it up with 7 H motors anyway.

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