21st August 2001, 02:38 AM
Good launch pad plans
Any body out there aware of a decent launch pad plan? Something that would launch up to a "G" motor. I know Aerotech has their Mantis pad which is cool. Just would like to do my own. Thanks!
21st August 2001, 03:21 AM
Marc, here is a link to a launch pad I made out of PVC. It was cheap and it works. http://www.mbrocketry.com/home_built_launch_pad.htm. It is like most other PVC pads except I made mine tiltable. There are some other plans on Rocketryoline.com in the infocentral section. http://www.rocketryonline.com/. Good Luck.
21st August 2001, 06:01 AM
Here is one I built and is a Word Document. The document is 5mb zipped because I have included assembly photos to ease construction of the LP unit. This one can be built for under $15 and can handle up to 3/8" Launch Rods.
<a href="reviews/files/launchpd.zip">Homemade Launch Pad</a>
21st August 2001, 06:12 PM
I built a really great, selfcontained launch pad out of a folding saw horse from Menards... cost around $15-$20..
all the work can be done with a hacksaw, drill and tap. I'll write up detailed insturctions later if anyone is intrested.. here is a pic of what it look's like. I also put a 6' long pvc pipe on the back of the launch pad to hold the launch rod's... it set's up in no time and is awsome.. even has a handle to carry it with. I've flow and I motor off this thing.. very sturdy.
21st August 2001, 06:18 PM
Here is a pic of the rocket/thing... lol.. that you seen in the pic. with my launch pad. this pic was take'n at Team 1's launch last spring. It was on a drag race with another Lamp Shade.. (it's just a name.. it's all balsa wood 1/16" and 1/8". both rockets had G55's in it.. Mine is the one already off the pad.. I won.. you can see the other on the pad at the bottom right of the pic. It get's about 800' on a G55w very cool.. flame and sound as well. These are scratch built rockets/UFO's...
31st August 2001, 09:07 PM
Good pad- thanks guys
Mike, Tim, Tulanko-
Thanks guys. You are- as always- the best. I took all of them and am creating a hybrid design incorporating ideas from all. Thank you again!
31st August 2001, 09:54 PM
not a problem.. drop us a pic when you get yours done so we can see what you'v made.
31st August 2001, 09:57 PM
Will do! Thanks again. PS- Carl, I love the paint job on yours...
1st September 2001, 05:28 PM
Don't be too complimentary to Tulanko about his paint jobs ..... it really goes to his head.... and his head is already WAY overinflated.
Besides.... you can spend DAYS trying to duplicate his work.
Sorry, Carl..... just couldn't stand it. You know I couldn't let that pass.
Seriously, Marc, if you want to try to duplicate Carl's work where finishing/painting is concerned, there's lots of posts in the Techniques section about how he does it. Just be prepared to spend more on primer, paint, and other finishing supplies than you spent on the rocket !!!
BTW, Carl..... less than 3 weeks until WHITAKERS !!!!
2nd September 2001, 03:57 PM
Man, the redneck just couldn't leave well enough alone.....Jeez. The worst part about it is I am staying at Ken's house in September for Whitakers...go figure. I'll agree though that I may be one of the few that actually paints my PVC...Oh well, I can't help it...I'm in therapy, uhh...yea I'm taking injections.
Marc, thanks, glad you liked the launcher. Sounds like you have some ideas on what you want to do Make sure you post some pics of your final product; it is a lot more fun building it yourself.
4th September 2001, 06:26 PM
4th September 2001, 07:22 PM
The Tulanko Effect
Hmmm, sounds like I'm in for some paiting fun. You guys could work that into a Mastercard-like commercial:
Model Rocket Kit: $9.59
Paint and supplies: $105.97
Rocket motors: $6.69
Ooos and ahh's from onlookers at incredible finish job: Priceless
4th September 2001, 08:56 PM