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    Cheapo 29mm tower

    I put together a tower for 29mm rockets today. $10 actually gets you a decent tower. I took 3 small "channels" (don't know what they're called, please tell me if you know), drilled them into a 3/4in PVC coupling and attached it to a 1/2in PVC tee. It's pretty sturdy and doesn't give the rocket much friction.
    I still have to figure out what to use for a blast plate.
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    need to add more screws here
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    With a 29mm CF tube

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    loaded with the mach-mobile
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    Channels look like mini uni-strut. Probably a shelving standard. I like it.

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    Nice

    Looks like shelving brackets to me..nice idea

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    Good Idea!
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    Anyone have any Idea of anything I can use for the blast deflector?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aksrockets View Post
    Anyone have any Idea of anything I can use for the blast deflector?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aksrockets View Post
    Anyone have any Idea of anything I can use for the blast deflector?

    Alex
    You could cut three holes in a pie tin and slide it over the rails so it rests on top on the pvc.

    I really like the design!

    On a slightly unrelated note: does anyone know a diy way of attaching a 1010 rail to pvc?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnhg7 View Post
    You could cut three holes in a pie tin and slide it over the rails so it rests on top on the pvc.

    I really like the design!

    On a slightly unrelated note: does anyone know a diy way of attaching a 1010 rail to pvc?

    Yeah, buy some 1/4-20 carriage bolts long enough to go through the PVC and allow for some fender washers and wingnuts.

    The head of the Carriage bolts fit snugly in the slots of the rail (You may or may not need to file them a bit), and the square flange below the head keep it from turning as it squares up in the slot. Put some fender washers on both sides of the pipe and tighten with the wing nut. It's what I did.

    Metal Electrical 4x4 box covers make good blast plates.
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    A perfect blast deflector is a ceramic tile. Often times you can get one for free as a "sample".

    Looks nice! Although you might need to add support of some kind closer to the top.


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