LOC/Percision question....

LOC/Percision question....

Post by Jeff Lon » Wed, 16 May 2001 16:12:04



I just ordered a LOC Forte from Distcount Hobby Center and I have a couple
of questions.
For those of you that have built LOC rockets(the advanced series), do they
separate at the nosecone or midpoint somewhere, or doest it dependon the
rocket?  Also, does LOC provide any sort of motor retention in their kits?
Neither LOC's website or any of the online retailers specify.  I would guess
that it would be left up to me.  I already have a method in mind that I have
implemented on other scratch built rockets.

Thanks,
Jeff

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LOC/Percision question....

Post by BRMut » Wed, 16 May 2001 20:23:45


Hi Jeff,
  My all-wood-glue Forte separated at the nose until the first flight.  I got a
zipper to the forward centering ring (where I had attached the shock cord).
Now it separates there...    Also, you are responsible for your own motor
retention.  I used Kaplow Klips.  The motor mount tube is long enough for a
baffle, too.  I bought a LOC modular baffle unit and it has worked great.  The
Forte looks nice on a G64-7.

Fly straight and true!

 
 
 

LOC/Percision question....

Post by rdh8 » Wed, 16 May 2001 20:34:46


Jeff,
I have built 2 fortes.
The first one was prone to cracking the filets.
The second one I modified to separate just above the fin can.
Works great and it made painting it easier.
If I get around to it I will post some pictures of the mod.

This rocket separates at the nose cone.
Comes with no motor retention.
Easy build unless you want to make your own fins like some people do but
then its not a kit anymore.
The fins are through the wall but not to the motor mount.

Have fun

RDH8


Quote:
> I just ordered a LOC Forte from Distcount Hobby Center and I have a couple
> of questions.
> For those of you that have built LOC rockets(the advanced series), do they
> separate at the nosecone or midpoint somewhere, or doest it dependon the
> rocket?  Also, does LOC provide any sort of motor retention in their kits?
> Neither LOC's website or any of the online retailers specify.  I would
guess
> that it would be left up to me.  I already have a method in mind that I
have
> implemented on other scratch built rockets.

> Thanks,
> Jeff

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LOC/Percision question....

Post by Thomas Parso » Wed, 16 May 2001 21:06:45


Jeff,
  I am in the process of building my LOC Minnie Mag, so I can attempt to
answer some of your questions.
(I will not however comment on Discount Hobbies other to say they will never
again recieve any orders from me.)
On the Minnie Mag, it seperates at the nosecone...
there is no motor retention at all.  I went ahead and got a Rocketman 29/38
retainer.
I've heard others complain about the shock cord, and mount..so I put a
C-clamp in the upper centering ring, and have several yards of tubular nylon
on the way for a cord.  My rocket also had no baffle unit, so I bought a
nomex blanket and shock cord protecter.

June 2nd is the day we are attempting L1, so we are all pretty e***d!!
Good luck even getting your order, and if/when you do, good luck building
the Forte!

--
Tom Parson
NAR #78955
If DAZZLING with BRILLIANCE is no option, then BAFFLE with BULLSH*T


Quote:
> I just ordered a LOC Forte from Distcount Hobby Center and I have a couple
> of questions.
> For those of you that have built LOC rockets(the advanced series), do they
> separate at the nosecone or midpoint somewhere, or doest it dependon the
> rocket?  Also, does LOC provide any sort of motor retention in their kits?
> Neither LOC's website or any of the online retailers specify.  I would
guess
> that it would be left up to me.  I already have a method in mind that I
have
> implemented on other scratch built rockets.

> Thanks,
> Jeff

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LOC/Percision question....

Post by Alex Merica » Thu, 17 May 2001 00:54:14


I have a LOC Forte I built fairly stock.  I added a centring ring just above
the fin tabs (so there is one just below and just above the fins plus one
at the top of the motor tube).  I applied fiberglass over the fin filets going
about 2 inches up the fin and body tube.  I installed Kaplow Klips for
retention.  The shock cord is stock LOC, no modifications.  

After my Level 1 certification flight using this rocket I added an altimeter
bay and forward body tube.  The rocket is now capable of either motor
ejection or dual deployment.  The forward shock cord is essentially a LOC
shock cord mount.

The nose cone loop broke after a few flights.  I replaced it with an***
eye, epoxied in place.

My Forte has flown on G80, G64, H128, H180, and H97 (if you like black smoke,
this is the one to use!).  

Quote:

> I just ordered a LOC Forte from Distcount Hobby Center and I have a couple
> of questions.
> For those of you that have built LOC rockets(the advanced series), do they
> separate at the nosecone or midpoint somewhere, or doest it dependon the
> rocket?  Also, does LOC provide any sort of motor retention in their kits?
> Neither LOC's website or any of the online retailers specify.  I would guess
> that it would be left up to me.  I already have a method in mind that I have
> implemented on other scratch built rockets.

> Thanks,
> Jeff

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