- Oct 3, 2016
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Option 4) Balsa or plastic nose cone for flight, contact lens nose cone when on display. I have "flight only" nose cones for all my birds with escape towers, after reading about how susceptible they are to landing damage. After spending hours assembling dowels into trusses and getting them to fit just right, you don't want to repair them after the first flight.I have thought about this.
I have three options I can think of:
1) As Nytrunner says: "Land on grass". This is generally true of my usual launch sites, but there's no guarantee.
2) Cover up the dome with tape or something for flying. That would be sad, but probably no worse than those who remove the towers from Redstone or Saturn models before flying.
3) Don't worry about it. I have materials to make at least a couple more domes if necessary.
I think if I could come up with a not-too-ugly mostly-transparent temporary cover, then I would go with #2. I am not sure how to do that, though. Odds of finding another clear dome that would fit well on top would be slim to none. If anyone has any ideas I'm open.