- Jan 23, 2009
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Has anyone used aluminized fiberglass cloth for making body tubes? How did it work out? Look?
It shouldn't heat up as much in the sun ; and if the body tube isn't in direct contact with the motor casing, it should reject some IR. Probably not enough to matter, to your point.Heat resistance would be more a property of the epoxy I would think. The aluminum really isnt thick enough to do much, then again I am probably wrong.
Hi John,Just looks. I would make the tube, wet sand, clear, wet sand, polish.
Yeah and shield your electronics from stray Rf....... Oh, could be a problem if you put a tracker antenna inside and Rf doesn't get out!!Looks neat. I also have a hunch it would be more heat resistant.
Haven't done any airframes with it, but did a Loc 7.67" to 5.54" transition in aluminized glass.
Fresh out of the mold: https://www.rocketryforum.com/showthread.php?132173-Loc-Esoteric-amp-Top-Gunn-Dinosaur-builds!&p=1646449#post1646449
Sanded and polished a bit: https://www.rocketryforum.com/showthread.php?132173-Loc-Esoteric-amp-Top-Gunn-Dinosaur-builds!&p=1676182#post1676182
It seemed a bit stiffer than standard E-glass, but I would think it would do just fine for a 3" dia and up airframe, especially if you use peel ply or similar on the outside to hold it all in place. Does look kinda neat!
I would love to see someone do an R&D article comparing / contrasting paperboard, polystyrene, fiberglass, aluminizedFG, CF, aluminizedCF.Yeah and shield your electronics from stray Rf....... Oh, could be a problem if you put a tracker antenna inside and Rf doesn't get out!!
Time for a nosecone mounted tracker in a "pure" spiral wound glass nosecone then. Kurt
Awesome! Good luck, John! Hope to see the results; they should be purrrrdy!Eric,
That looks awesome. Enough so that I will give it a try. I am making a 54mm MD rocket using a 4 ft motor case as a mandrel. First attempt for me making a tube. I did some test with 12" FG and CF I had laying around and it worked well.