Does anyone know of a source of replacement ignitors for the 18mm and 24mm RMS and SU of Aerotech? I can never seem to get those copperheads to fit. I have a few "Firefly" ignitors left, but it seems they are no longer made (according to Ken Allen).
Thank you! i was wondering about how they would work in the 18mm and 24mm (and if they wouold fit) but I only had to help folks with 29mm motor igniters during our launch on Sunday. I have a lot of the new Quest motors and igniters, so I will make an effort to try the Q2G2 in an 18mm and a 24mm RMS motor at our next launch on 2/7. That even gives me time to actually get a few extra models ready and select some reloads. I may even try them in some very old loads (after lightly sanding the surface).The new Quest Q2G2 igniters work very well with 24mm Aerotech reloads. Although I have not had the opportunity to use them in 18mm motors, I would think they would also work well with them. The wire leads on the new Quest Q2G2 igniters are just long enough for the 24mm motors. I haven't used a Copperhead since these came out.
A random Q2G2 from my stash did NOT fit thru the
18mm RMS D13 nozzle, but did go thru the D24 nozzle.
It's also the way the Aerotech instructions say to install the ignitor. I've found that sanding the C slot and leaving the dust in place and putting the ignitor in as per the instructions has elimited a lot of problems and makes for very dependable ignition. I bought a 10 pack of ignitors back in 2003, gave two away and still have five left. I just don't have many problems with copperheads............ I always place the copper head igniter in the grain first before I load it. This guarantees that it's placed at the top of the grain, and also I don't have to worry about fitting the pyrogen end through the nozzle. I know it's not the safest practice, but please consider how challenging it can be to get copperheads to light. Also, it's not HPR, so you don't have to worry about installing the igniter at the launch pad anyway.
I'm not wondering, I'm assuming they are. Mine should arrive today or in the next few days (depending on if the USPS truck stopped in Las Vegas for a few days of fun). I appreciated the photo as I had not seen these new 3" FFJr's before.Makes me wonder if the 3" Aerotech FFJ's and the new Q2 igniters (amount of pyrogen being the only difference) aren't being made by the same manufacturer for both companies?
I would bet you are right, sir. I'm just waiting for the tax check...This ValueRockets thing could indeed help get more people addicted. And I would bet that a bunch of folks that normally fly mostly C and D Estes motors will now add the D and E Aerotech motors to their mix.