: > > If not an Aerotech model, then a Thoy Falcon.
: > Whoa! WAY too big for starting out. A 54mm motor for someone who's
: > flown ONE "E" motor?
: As I said before, the Thoy is of simple design, and does include the
: adapters for 38 & 29mm. I also listed it after AT <g>.
No one's denying that the THOY Falcon isn't an excellent high-powered
rocket, it is. However, the original poster only recently did his first
E flight, and needs many more, plus F, plus G before he can be said to have
Let's assume they are ready NOW for G80 flights. My THOY Falcon weighs 55
ounces ready to fly but without motor. Sure it's got a couple of extra coats
of glossy paint, it's designed to kick off the pad with up to a J275 motor,
which doesn't pay much attention to 2-3 extra ounces of paint. Back out my
Adept timer/battery (2.5 ounces), its payload bracket (1 ounce) and the
gas generator it fires for primary ejection (2 ounces) plus extra epoxy and
it might be down to 48 ounces (including chute).
Note that I haven't added back in the weight of the 54-to-29mm adapter.
So I ran the numbers in RSIM and I get an altitude of 650 feet with only
32 MPH airspeed at the end of a 6 ft. rod on a G80. Not my idea of a stable,
predictable flight envelope for a *novice* to mid-power. Toss in a breath of
wind, and you've got a simple-to-build, but expensive, lawn dart.
Now the THOY Condor, on the other hand, can easily fly on E thru mid-H motors
(I confirmed with mine using an H128). This would be a much preferred step
for this person than leaping immediately to the FALCON. Then, they can get the
FALCON when they've confirmed and can buy H thru J motors for it.
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