D-Rocket Glider for NARAM

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  1. Mar 11, 2016 #1

    WFWalby

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    Would love to try my hand at D-Rocket Glider and was wondering what kits/plans were available for this event? I know it's a non-RC event but are some of you competitors using modified RC models? Any help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
    William
     
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    Is this something that would easily scale? There are lots of plans for lower powered gliders.
     
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    William,

    Best of luck, and good for you for trying something new! I participated in my first ever NARAM last year, and it was a hoot! Good thing I wasn't trying to be competitive - I think my best finish in any event was 8th, with several events that ended without a qualified flight. So, with that caveat in front:

    http://www.nar.org/contest-flying/competition-guide/duration-events/rocketglider-duration/ is where I started. It lists a bunch of plans, and I went with the Mediocre Fred. Model is build, going to try to fly it this weekend. Interested to see how it goes.

    The one piece of advice I got from Tim at Apogee on this event is "Fly the field!". Backstory: I built one of Apogee's Stratus Gale rocket glider kits (https://www.apogeerockets.com/Rocket_Kits/Skill_Level_5_Kits/Stratus_Gale) for the C rocket-glider event at NARAM last year. (That was my 8th place finish). I was asking Tim about flying it on a D10 (18mm AP motor) for this year's NARAM. That is where the piece of advice came in. He has flown the Stratus Gale on a D, and it boosted out of sight. That's going to be even more of an issue this summer where the humidity -> hazy -> harder to visually track rockets. His advice involved flying a bigger rocket that would be easier to keep an eye on.

    Good luck, and hope to see you this summer. Maybe I'll even place 7th

    BTW, I would suggest getting and building a Stratus Gale before trying anything else. I thought the video directions were great, and it walked me through a very complicated first glider build. The two things that were trickiest for me were 1) Airfoiling the wing and 2) the dihedral in the wing. It was a lot easier to go through that learning process with a kit and instructions, and then later apply that experience to a plan build. Just my $0.02.
     
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