Would you have a picture of a "baffle" as i just ordered a men machine...My son and I are rebuilding his Mean Machine after a cruise missle incident.
Nozzle blow out. We included a baffle just forward of the tubing coupler in
the upper section. The "new" disconnect coupling they supply in the kit is
very nice. I had a Mean Machine back in the day and walking from the
house to the HS to launch with a 6'6" rocket was always a PITA!
Actually we ended up stretching the Mean machine by 8 inches. After
cutting off the top of the air frame to remove all the damage and get to
solid tubing we lost 9-10" of tubing (the only real damage to the rocket)
we just glued a new 18" length to the top. Inside the new section is
where we added the baffle.
I like baffles as they keep the chute and recovery system from moving
down the airframe at launch, I still use some wadding but you can reduce
the amount you use significantly. By using the baffles in many of my
longer rockets I have reduced the number of recovery system failures/
That is my 2 cents.