> Can I use Elmers Yellow Wood Glue to constuct my lil nuke? I'll be
> flying it on aerotech E engines. Please let me know, I am thinking about
> getting it and the motor mount adaptor to fly on E's.
Any of the carpenters grade yellow glues are perfectly adequate for just
about any rocket construction joint involving wood and paper. The materials
will fail long before the glue joint ever does. In fact yellow glues are far
stronger for this application than any 5-minute epoxy you might find out
there. Even medium CA would do better than 5-minute epoxy. I'd cut thru the
glassine surface of the tube, so that you're gluing the fin to the tube and
not its top layer, and be sure to use double glue joints to glue the fins
and launch lug on.
As I've pointed out before, my THOY Hornet (roughly equivalent to the
LOC Graduator) was built 100% with Titebond and has flown on motors up thru
the H238. Of course it was modified with the third centering ring, baffle
ejection, and Kaplow Klips.
Now for another contraversial topic. IMHO, the Lil'Nuke is one of the most
marginally (un)stable LMR/HPR kits on the market. Beginners glob a ton of
5-minute epoxy into the motor mount, making this condition even worse. The
fins are just too small. Add that to the trend of folks cramming an H180
reload into rockets that were designed for disposable Fs and you can get
some really eratic flights. If I had this kit, I'd do one or more of the
1) Make the fins significantly bigger. Maybe adding a 4th identical fin
would be enough.
2) Significantly lengthen the body tube. The LOC nose cones are very heavy,
and this gives it a biger lever arm to move the CG forward of the CP.
3) Add LOTS of nose weight.
4) Agree to never fly it on big (i.e. heavy) motors. One way to do this
would be to replace the 29mm MMT and centering rings with 24mm. That would
save the weight of the adapter, and make the rocket just a bit lighter.
Regardless of what you do, be sure to get VCP or some other tool, compute
the CP of the rocket as you build it, and MARK THE ROCKET. ALWAYS check for
1 caliber stability before you 'nuke someone with this one.
And of course, include Kaplow Klips on this and any rocket of this size.
Bob Kaplow NAR # 18L TRA # "Ctrl-Alt-Del"
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