[B]Introduction to Staging[/B]
I am looking for advice on a kit to enter high power staging. A friend suggested I start with the PML Quantum Leap with CPR. There is also the Thunder –N– Lightning from Public Missiles. But, I think I prefer the Mini-BBX w/ CPR3K and Terrier Booster. Even though the “Tim The Tool Man Taylor” in me says bigger is better, I like that the BBX/Terrier is less expensive, flies on smaller motors, and I only need one set of each size hardware.
While I have been building model rockets, on and off, since the 70’s, and have built the Echostar, Commanche 3, and CC Express staged model rockets, I have only been in high power rocketry for about two years. I earned my level two certification two summers ago on a PML AMRAAM-4. It later survived flight to 5,623 ft on a K550. I spent last year building and flying an upscale Orbital Transport - ultimately on a J460 with four G77s air-started in the scramjets. I have a Cirrus Dart and Eagle Claw 4 yearning to be put together this spring. I would also like to build and fly a HPR two-stage rocket this summer.
What is the best kit to learn staging with? Would you go with the PML kits or is there something else out there I should suggest? Would you modify the kit? I am not a fan of Quantum Tubing, so, regardless of the kit, I would order it with phenolic body tubes (probably pre-glassed). I do like to push the performance envelope and the AMRAAM-4 tried to shed a fin under the power of the K550. Therefore, I also lean toward going up to the next thickness G10 fin or tip-two-tip glassing the fins.
Thanks for the help,
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