Loki Research 2017

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  1. Feb 21, 2017 #1

    Loki Research

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    All Loki Research hardware is now back in stock. Some propellant reloads are hit or miss. I'm doing my best to keep up production to meet the increasing demands for Loki Research products. I have the website updated for inventory. Those who have placed orders, please be patient. I have a batch of white to make this week which was delayed from this weekend. I had a funeral to attend across the river in Illinois yesterday so I'm trying to get it started today/tomorrow. Lots of work to do these days. I'm hoping my wife can help out some, she's back to part time work again, working weekends only and helping me out in the office during the week starting next week. She got laid off last May and has been trying to find/keep steady work ever since. I have a part time employee lined up to start in the near future, but with the wife working part time I need more for the bills at home. Fortunately, work at Loki Research is more or less booked for the next several months and there are some more new motors in the works. So keep the orders rolling in, plan ahead and be patient. It will be rewarded in due time with more of the reliable cool products you have come to enjoy from Loki Research.

    76/8000 and 54/4000 cases.... You will find that these two cases look much different than the rest of the hardware does currently. The local plater near the machinist could not fit these long cases into his tanks so I had to ship them off to be plated. The long cases look amazing (and very dark) but they also cost an arm and a leg compared to the others which I also never had to ship anywhere. The color of the rest of the hardware in a much lighter blue, however both were done in type 3 hardcoat. I did specify a minimum coating thickness of 0.002" on these longest cases, so they were specified with a range of 0.002" - 0.0026" thick with 0.0023" as the target. Being that these are the largest cases in their size, I wanted them to stand out. The rest of the hardware was plated with a slightly thinner coating as this plater could not match the same thickness. The sample I saw done on a 76/3600 case was .0.0018" thick, so a thinner coating, different dye and different facility results in a much different look. The machine quality is top notch on both, as you should expect. FYI type 2 coatings are normally 0.0002 - 0.0012" thick. Here's a good read on anodizing. http://www.omwcorp.com/understandingano/anoindex.html

    The 54/4000 cases were a slight oversight on the coating thickness. The case that my liner supplier uses to test the fit of the liners in 54mm is a type 2 coated 54/4000 case. Because of the tight liner tolerances I maintain, and because of the thicker coating on these newest cases, the liners I had previously cut did not fit. I had to sand the outside diameter down a few thousandths of an inch on the lathe in order for them to fit. THE ONLY 2 PLACES where the fit could be a problem is
    1) if you purchase one of these newest 54/4000 cases and you purchase a reload already in someones hands right now. ALL 54/4000 liners that leave Loki Research will fit the new hardware and older hardware. There are very few of these older liners floating around out there, but always test the fit of all parts before assembly. Email me if you happen to have a 54/4000 reload and will soon be purchasing a newer case for it. I'll get you a liner that fits.
    2) if you purchase a new 54/4000 case and either currently have 54mm Loki liners or purchase a new 54/4000 case with my current stock of 54mm liners. Future liners will be specified with a slightly smaller OD and I will send my supplier a new case to use as a fit gauge for future production.

    If you have dealt with me often, you know that I absolutely do not like selling products which I do not have in my possession and receiving your money for it. Have I done it? Yes. Do I make it a habit? Absolutely not. The only exception to this I make is for custom made products which require a 50% deposit upon acceptance of the order. If I don't have it on hand, I can not control when I will have it or when you will have it. I rely on many different suppliers for hardware and raw materials for production. I have no control over any issues that may arise with any of my suppliers which may impact my ability to deliver product to my customers. And these issues always come up. So when it's out of stock, it is out of stock. I try to never put myself in a position where I might oversell products for these same reasons. This is why I hate doing preorders. I have only done this with brand new items that take a larger investment to get moving. I believe this is the most honest way to run my business and earn the loyalty of my customers. That being said, I know all too well how frustrating it can be waiting on something. (like a 54/2800 case) In general, I would rather it be my money and credit waiting on the line for a delivery than yours.

    Dave, send me all the good launch photos you got from Notre Dame. The same goes for everyone else flying Loki Research. Thank you for posting and sharing them all.

    I think that is all for now. Have a great year flying Loki Research everyone. As always, thank you for your business and thank you for your support of this growing company. Keep posting your flights here as well.
     
  2. Feb 22, 2017 #2

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    Scott, keep on being awesome!
     
  3. Feb 25, 2017 #3

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    THIS. I cannot STAND dealing with pre-orders. Because of that, I refuse to participate in a lot of the Black Friday/Saturday sales that occur in this crazy hobby. If you don't have it in stock, don't try to sell it.

    Woot! Check your PM's mister. :cool:
     
  4. Mar 7, 2017 #4

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    Scott, are you accepting orders for delivery to BALLS yet? (Are you going, for that matter?)
     
  5. Mar 15, 2017 #5

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    Coyote, sure thing. I planned on going to BALLS again this year, I just don't have anything to bring just yet.
     
  6. Mar 18, 2017 #6

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    [​IMG]

    We are not in Kansas anymore......


    Truth be told, I've never held a 76/6000 before. This is gonna be a ride... I'll get better photos in the daylight tomorrow.
     
  7. Mar 18, 2017 #7

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    Sa-weet!
     
  8. Mar 18, 2017 #8

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    Try the 76/8000... So glad I got that case. M3464 is a real kick in the ass.
     
  9. Mar 19, 2017 #9

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    It's on my 'to do' list ;) Trying to decide if I want to build a 5.5" rocket to try and fly it locally, or something smaller and travel to fly it. Hard call. On one had, 5.5 and 6" rockets get spendy...on the other, so is gas.

    couple more glamour shots, can't help myself-

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  10. Mar 19, 2017 #10

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    lol that 38-120 looks like the smoke grain for your new 76-6000
     
  11. Mar 19, 2017 #11

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    I was gonna use it as the igniter....
     
  12. Mar 19, 2017 #12

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    I love my 76-6000 case, and I haven't even flown it yet. I need to remember to cast a 2lb igniter for it... :)
     
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    i dunno. Loki blue lights pretty easy. i'm thinking a single bend magnelite will do it.
     
  14. Mar 19, 2017 #14

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    Psh... I used two e-matches (for redundancy) and a few slivers of Blue Thunder (E28 reload) taped to the head... she got up and went.

    https://youtu.be/-GUs5mFN0eQ?t=18m41s Loki M3464 (76/8000). Be sure to bring dowels for your igniter with you to the pad!
     
  15. Apr 10, 2017 #15

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    This is my Wildman Saab sport on a Loki H100 Spitfire. Picture credit goes to Kevin Harnack from Tripoli wisconsin:

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  16. Apr 10, 2017 #16

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    Jim Scarpine's gorgeous rocket on a Loki M1200.


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  17. Apr 10, 2017 #17

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    Well thank you Matt. I have 2 more in my box, plus 3 K830s, 1 K690 and I FINALLY got my hands on a M1969.All Spitfire. I also have 3 L1482 Blues.
     
  18. Apr 11, 2017 #18

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    FYI...The NDRT flew in Huntsville this past Saturday to take the altitude award. Not just the award for this year, but the closest ever in SLI history with a 5286. I think this speaks to several things, the students doing a great job in running simulations, doing an excellent job of documenting flight weights and results during test flights but most of all, the consistency of Loki Motors. Not only that but we ordered motors from Scott and gave him deadlines for shipping. In every case Scott beat the deadline we needed.

    Great product. Great service. Thanks again!!!

    -Dave
     
  19. Apr 19, 2017 #19

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    I was having igniter issues this morning while trying to fly an I405. I think the battery on my launch system was not as charged as I thought, so I decided to try an Estes Sonic igniter. It barely reached the top grain.

    I nearly crapped my pants when it lit. That is a scary good motor!
     
  20. Apr 19, 2017 #20

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    lol,,lol,,lol....

    Tank you,,, lol..

    Teddy
     
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    Darkstar 3 (Medium).jpg

    Here's my L2 flight from Sunday with Michiana Rocketry. It's a 3" Darkstar flying on a Loki Red K-527. 8150ft and max velocity of 840 ft/s according to my Eggtimer Quark.

    cheers - mark
     
  22. Apr 24, 2017 #22

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    My 4"/7' long Thor on yet another Loki motor:

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    J712 - 2750'

    Then a buddy of mine flew his "Groovy Baby" on a L1482. This monster is 7" Diameter, 12' long. Went to 3500' or thereabouts...

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    LOVE ME SOME LOKI BLUE

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  23. Apr 25, 2017 #23

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    Starting to see more Loki motors here in Ohio and I LOVE it!
     
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    Yep - love that L1482 Loki Blue! (Polecat 7.5" Hawk-B)

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    My buddy Steve M burned a L 1482 LB for a maiden on his level 3 project......
    What a hard hittin load,,,
    Unbelievable punch off the pad....

    Teddy
     
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    M3464 demo from LDRS 34.

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    My Pike on an M1882 & my 2 stage on an I377 boost

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    Here is a picture of that flight, can't wait to see how it performs with the M1650 Cocktail
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    AAAHHHHAAAAAA

    i KNEW YOU'VE BEEN LURKING,,, LOL...

    Where have you been...
    Is your boss still trying to kill you,, lol...
    I think that just means he likes you, values you greatly, and thinks the world of you....

    I know,,,,
    Piss off,,, right ,, lol,, lol.....

    Teddy
     
  30. May 2, 2017 #30

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    I just placed my first Loki order with Scott. Looking forward to burning an L1400 in my CF 54 Mongoose at Airfest. This must be how it feels to embrace the dark side...I like it. :dark:
     

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