The gaps shouldn't be an issue. Somewhere I've seen a plastic hub cap used. Here? On the archive? On rocketreviews.com?
I completely support Art on this issue. The rest of you are all behaving like spoiled brats. Suck it up and stop pouting or I'll send you to bed without your supper. Don't give me that look.
One interesting rocket I saw awhile back on another forum consisted of a plastic fan blade unit. That's it, nothing else. A motor mount was inserted into the hub, and a launch lug was attached to the side of the hub. The author of the post stated that the fan blade rocket was stable in flight, spinning furiously on the way up, and tumbling/spinning on the way back down. I'm not sure if it would qualify as a saucer, a monocopter or simply an odd-roc. Perhaps all three.
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I agree that the plastic hubcap should work well. I wonder if more spokes like that actually provides more aerobraking than a traditional saucer by causing more turbulance in the airflow?
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Also, about Art, whether you think he deserves to be angry about this or not, he has spent a lot of time testing his rockets. I would not have been able to figure out my level 2's appx CP if he hadn't explained his Cd and CP for his saucers.
Here's a pic of my level 2 cert flight
Also why you should never use blackjack on a suacer...so dirty.
Credit to Bryce Chanes for the pic
sweet, glad the plans were able to help another. It's such a sweet and simple design. Art Applewhite said it's pretty heavy for aerobraking if you're using a motor thats longer than the sauceer. So you'll either want to fly it in a grassy field, or tape a parachute to the top
Here is a flying saucer a few guy's and I made for MWP... We flew it on a 54mm k sparky..
It was made of 2 saucer sleds
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I saw it done on a spool rocket on Rocket Challenge back in 2003?. Other than that, i have no knowledge of it working hehe
And Jeff, a K513 Black Max. Would rather have used a regular blackjack, but Gary said they don't make em over 38mm due to thrust problems
I have two of Art's priority Stealth rockets, the latter of which was built with very nice epoxy fillets for my first time attempting to do so. The first flew on a LMS F23FJ motor and it went well, and faster than I expected. THe second (better one) has flown once on a CTI G57C motor, and this was much faster and higher. I am tempted to build a third, just for the sake of doing so...and sorry, no pics
My rocket Vapor lifting off on an AT J350 back in August 2001. Rocket weighs about 4lbs empty and only gets to about 600' in altitude. It's a crowd favorite!