While waiting on electronics for the Merc capsule I decieded on a quick hiatus project. As I have no experience with clusters and couldn't find a cluster rocket kit I was interested in I decided on the Little Joe, besides, it's free, just press a button and viola, instant rocket. I know..I know..I just built one of these a few weeks ago but I was so impressed with it's flight characteristics I thought it would be perfect for a cluster. Using a C-6 in the first it was way under powerd, I figure maybe 250-300' high.
I'm going to make a few changes on this one, first will be beefing up the fins and making them through mount, on the first they were the only thing I didn't double laminate, they've taken some beating with the four flights it's seen. I will also make the abort tower poles mount through the capsule into a small disc in the nose of the capsule. The engine mount rings are already different, I used Elmers foam board for those. I've also been experimenting with coatings, with paper mods any moisture causes ink fade and distortion. There's been discussion on PM about preserving mods from this problem using clear coat but it's application is sensitive, done incorrectly will cause the very damage you'r trying to prevent. I have already coated one of my stomp rockets with good sucess.
This has become one of my favorite in my fleet. I just made an order from HL and have some C-11's on the way for this and the sci-fi. Since I balanced the sci-fi the C-6 has also become too under powered.
Any way..can't sit around scratching my butt waiting on electronics, especially when there's more to learn..AND BUILD!