1st mid power launch pad

1st mid power launch pad

Post by Glen » Fri, 05 Dec 2003 07:22:45



Opinions wanted please, and I know this is the place to get them! ;-)

I am looking to build my 1st mid power rocket, and wanted to know if it
would be better to build my own launch pad, or get the one from
Aero-Tech?

If build, are there any plans online? Do I order the rod only, or is
there something I can pick up at my local store?

Thanx for any answers!

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"Even if you do learn to speak correct English,
 whom are you going to speak it to?"

#define WHO 1

int main(void)
{
        printf("%d r0x0rs!!!\n", WHO);

Quote:
}

 
 
 

1st mid power launch pad

Post by Boome » Fri, 05 Dec 2003 07:22:42


http://www.info-central.org/support_launchpad.shtml

There ya go. They work great all the way through H impulse.

Pick up various launch rods at Lowes, Menards etc.  1/8", 3/16", and 1/4".
Longest they have for 3/16 and 1/4, but 3-4' is plenty for the 1/8 to launch
the smaller stuff.

Have fun.

-Boomer


Quote:
> Opinions wanted please, and I know this is the place to get them! ;-)

> I am looking to build my 1st mid power rocket, and wanted to know if it
> would be better to build my own launch pad, or get the one from
> Aero-Tech?

> If build, are there any plans online? Do I order the rod only, or is
> there something I can pick up at my local store?

> Thanx for any answers!

> ------------------------------------- --    -     -
>  glenn
>  http://www.dallaslamers.org/rocket

> "Even if you do learn to speak correct English,
>  whom are you going to speak it to?"

> #define WHO 1

> int main(void)
> {
>         printf("%d r0x0rs!!!\n", WHO);
> }


 
 
 

1st mid power launch pad

Post by Joel Corwit » Fri, 05 Dec 2003 07:52:58



Quote:
> Opinions wanted please, and I know this is the place to get them! ;-)

> I am looking to build my 1st mid power rocket, and wanted to know if it
> would be better to build my own launch pad, or get the one from
> Aero-Tech?

http://www.rocketreviews.com/reviews/kits/aero_mantis.html
http://www.rocketreviews.com/reviews/kits/aero_initiator_starter.html
http://groups.google.com/groups?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=mantis+...

Quote:

> If build, are there any plans online? Do I order the rod only, or is

http://groups.google.com/groups?q=launch+pad+plans

Quote:
> there something I can pick up at my local store?

Yellow pages : steel - New
There are several places around town with dropped ends which sometimes are
10' or more.
Stainless steel rod works nicely.  I've used 1/8" rod from HomeDepo for BP
motors, they will corrode faster.

Joel. phx

Quote:

> Thanx for any answers!

> ------------------------------------- --    -     -
>  glenn
>  http://www.dallaslamers.org/rocket

 
 
 

1st mid power launch pad

Post by Ismaeel Abdur-Rashee » Fri, 05 Dec 2003 09:42:46


I saw this link posted in RMR a few days ago

"Build a Launch Pad for $20" by Andy Hofle
http://users.adelphia.net/~hofle/launchpad/

it is one of the most flexible designs I've seen yet

I bought a beautiful telescoping launch pad, the larger "Zrocketwerkz
Zpad" from Space Age Hobbies, with very solid chrome contruction.  But I
don't think they are available anymore.  A shame, since it would accept
launch rods from 1/8 to 1/4 (the latter lets you use a 1/4 stud Blacksky
"Standard" rail) for heavier rockets
[ Blacksky's website is at http://www.blacksky.com ]

BTW, Chad Blair, the owner of Space Age Hobbies wrote an excellent
introduction to model rocketry

"For Educators New to Model Rocketry? - Here are the basics..."

the article is available from the East Coast Rocketry website
at http://www.eastcoast-rocketry.info/html/educators.html

- iz

Quote:

> Opinions wanted please, and I know this is the place to get them! ;-)

> I am looking to build my 1st mid power rocket, and wanted to know if it
> would be better to build my own launch pad, or get the one from
> Aero-Tech?

> If build, are there any plans online? Do I order the rod only, or is
> there something I can pick up at my local store?

 
 
 

1st mid power launch pad

Post by Joel Corwit » Fri, 05 Dec 2003 11:01:58



Quote:
> I saw this link posted in RMR a few days ago

> "Build a Launch Pad for $20" by Andy Hofle
> http://users.adelphia.net/~hofle/launchpad/

> it is one of the most flexible designs I've seen yet

> I bought a beautiful telescoping launch pad, the larger "Zrocketwerkz
> Zpad" from Space Age Hobbies, with very solid chrome contruction.  But I
> don't think they are available anymore.  A shame, since it would accept

Go into a music shop and look at a cymbal or snare drum stand.
http://www.activemusician.com/store/drum/hardware/default.asp?ref=gt

Joel. phx

Quote:
> launch rods from 1/8 to 1/4 (the latter lets you use a 1/4 stud Blacksky
> "Standard" rail) for heavier rockets
> [ Blacksky's website is at http://www.blacksky.com ]

> BTW, Chad Blair, the owner of Space Age Hobbies wrote an excellent
> introduction to model rocketry

> "For Educators New to Model Rocketry? - Here are the basics..."

> the article is available from the East Coast Rocketry website
> at http://www.eastcoast-rocketry.info/html/educators.html

> - iz


> > Opinions wanted please, and I know this is the place to get them! ;-)

> > I am looking to build my 1st mid power rocket, and wanted to know if it
> > would be better to build my own launch pad, or get the one from
> > Aero-Tech?

> > If build, are there any plans online? Do I order the rod only, or is
> > there something I can pick up at my local store?

 
 
 

1st mid power launch pad

Post by Jerry Irvin » Fri, 05 Dec 2003 11:04:17


In article

Quote:

> Opinions wanted please, and I know this is the place to get them! ;-)

> I am looking to build my 1st mid power rocket, and wanted to know if it
> would be better to build my own launch pad, or get the one from
> Aero-Tech?

Avoid the errortech pad at all cost. Plenty of commercial pads are worth
owning and also plans are online.  Just avoid errortech.

This comment is not anti-Aerotech.  It is anti-mantis.

Jerry

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1st mid power launch pad

Post by Ismaeel Abdur-Rashee » Fri, 05 Dec 2003 11:32:19


yes, that's probably what the Zpad is built on.  I guess they just added
a clamp, and the blact deflector that came with it is a 7" dia. circular
abrasive blade.

but one of the things I liked about it was it's overall weight

your site looks great, and has even heavier units

thanks

- iz

Quote:

> Go into a music shop and look at a cymbal or snare drum stand.
> http://www.activemusician.com/store/drum/hardware/default.asp?ref=gt

 
 
 

1st mid power launch pad

Post by Thomas Parso » Fri, 05 Dec 2003 14:12:48


Glenn,
  Try the PVC pad that was suggested via link.  It works great, is cheap,
and very durable!!
The AT design is fantastic...however the plastic used is much too fragile,
only used mine twice, and broke it BOTH times.  We've used the PVC design
for a couple of years now, and other than needing a fresh coat of
paint..hehe
less money, works almost as good, and is a million times more sturdy, you
cannot go wrong.
It will take you longer to find the parts at the local Menard/Home Depot
than it will to put together.

Tom

--
T. E. Parson
29S2R
Black Hills Rocketry Club
NAR Chapter#638
NAR #78955 L2
AMA #767628

.

Quote:
> Opinions wanted please, and I know this is the place to get them! ;-)

> I am looking to build my 1st mid power rocket, and wanted to know if it
> would be better to build my own launch pad, or get the one from
> Aero-Tech?

> If build, are there any plans online? Do I order the rod only, or is
> there something I can pick up at my local store?

> Thanx for any answers!

> ------------------------------------- --    -     -
>  glenn
>  http://www.dallaslamers.org/rocket

> "Even if you do learn to speak correct English,
>  whom are you going to speak it to?"

> #define WHO 1

> int main(void)
> {
>         printf("%d r0x0rs!!!\n", WHO);
> }

 
 
 

1st mid power launch pad

Post by Joel Corwit » Fri, 05 Dec 2003 15:45:59



Quote:
> yes, that's probably what the Zpad is built on.  I guess they just added
> a clamp, and the blact deflector that came with it is a 7" dia. circular
> abrasive blade.

> but one of the things I liked about it was it's overall weight

> your site looks great, and has even heavier units

'That' site was just one of many from a yahoo search on 'snare drum stand'.
At the time the Zpad was announced, I indicated it looked much like one and
their reply was "no, it's a rocket stand".  I'm all for innovativeness, but
cut the crap.  A good high power stand could be made from a lighting or
speaker stand which has a huge footprint, but no tiltability.  My mid-range
stuff goes off a survey tripod and uses an inverted Wok for the defector ($4
thriftstores).  I don't have to bend over to install an igniter.

The local metal stores sell their spent chopsaw wheels for a couple bucks.
Spent being under 8" or so.

Joel. phx

Quote:

> thanks

> - iz


> > Go into a music shop and look at a cymbal or snare drum stand.
> > http://www.activemusician.com/store/drum/hardware/default.asp?ref=gt

 
 
 

1st mid power launch pad

Post by RayDunak » Fri, 05 Dec 2003 18:04:27


<< If build, are there any plans online? >>

World's simplest, cheapest, easiest launch pad:
http://albums.photo.epson.com/j/AlbumIndex?u=3009006&a=30071618&f=0

<<Do I order the rod only, or is there something I can pick up at my local
store? >>

You may have to go to a metals dealer to find stainless steel rod. For mid
power, 1/4" diameter should do.

 
 
 

1st mid power launch pad

Post by Ismaeel Abdur-Rashee » Fri, 05 Dec 2003 18:13:02


Commonwealth Displays has a nice selection of rods.  My 3/16" (and 1/4")
x 48" came in a PVC tube, which was a nice thing to have for storage and
trasport.

see the bottom of the page
at http://www.commonwealth.net/rocketstore/rocketryframes.html

- iz

Quote:


> << If build, are there any plans online? >>

> World's simplest, cheapest, easiest launch pad:
> http://albums.photo.epson.com/j/AlbumIndex?u=3009006&a=30071618&f=0

> <<Do I order the rod only, or is there something I can pick up at my local
> store? >>

> You may have to go to a metals dealer to find stainless steel rod. For mid
> power, 1/4" diameter should do.

 
 
 

1st mid power launch pad

Post by Bob Kapl » Sat, 06 Dec 2003 03:35:08


Quote:


> << If build, are there any plans online? >>

> World's simplest, cheapest, easiest launch pad:
> http://albums.photo.epson.com/j/AlbumIndex?u=3009006&a=30071618&f=0

Just as cheap, and doesn't need the rocks on the feet:

http://eisner.encompasserve.org/~kaplow_r/CHAD_PAD.TXT

Credit goes to Tom Beach for the original, and Bunny for the half size
version. I've been using the mini for my MR/LMR launches for well over a
decade now. And with the dowel inthe center, it's the ideal launcher for
BGs.

Quote:
> <<Do I order the rod only, or is there something I can pick up at my local
> store? >>

> You may have to go to a metals dealer to find stainless steel rod. For mid
> power, 1/4" diameter should do.

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1st mid power launch pad

Post by Glen » Sat, 06 Dec 2003 04:04:40


Quote:
> Go into a music shop and look at a cymbal or snare drum stand.
> http://www.activemusician.com/store/drum/hardware/default.asp?ref=gt

wow, the cymbal idea is great! i got a co-worker that is a drummer that
might just have an extra one layin' around ;-) thanx for the idea!

------------------------------------- --    -     -
 glenn
 http://www.dallaslamers.org/rocket

"Even if you do learn to speak correct English,
 whom are you going to speak it to?"

#define WHO 1

int main(void)
{
        printf("%d r0x0rs!!!\n", WHO);

Quote:
}