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rickster75

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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/
tangles.

That is my 2 cents.
Would you have a picture of a "baffle" as i just ordered a men machine...
 

neil_w

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This thread is nine years old. There is plenty of more recent discussion about baffles to be found all over this forum.
 

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Only thing I can put in is bevel the fins. The mean machine is an odd rocket, and you really want it to be as stable as possible.
 

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Only thing I can put in is bevel the fins. The mean machine is an odd rocket, and you really want it to be as stable as possible.
Beveling the fins does not affect stability.
 
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