That looks nice for MD kits. I have been using an H column from Evergreen Plastics, it works well enough but can let the rocket sit at an odd angle on the pad.
The "Low-Buck" approach would be to recreate the Estes "C-Rail" . . . Get some 3/8" Square Tubing and put a 1/8" wide "Slot" in it ( any machine shop should be able to do that, if you don't have the tools ).Does anyone have some info about where
I can get a mini launch rail for low power
Rockets. I hear of people having them but
I haven’t been able to find a vendor.
I can make a file for this slot also if you want them 3D printed. Where do you get a C Slot rail.
The nice thing about a "C" rail is you can put a launch lug on an offset and fly off either rail or rod, depending on who has what where. I was considering doing this with my brother-in-law's V2 (3/16" rod) but I don't think the Maker Rail has enough room for the "straw". I must admit I'd have gone with buttons or guides and maker rail if I'd know about them as a BAR.Chuck,
Unfortunately, the C-Slot Rail has to be made, using 3/8" square Aluminum tubing ( .0625" Wall Thickness ) . . .
The "Slot" ( 1/8" wide ) has to be cut into it to create the "C-Rail".
I bet you could sell a ton of those, especially if you re-create the original Estes "C-Rail" and an upscaled "Maxi" version !But I could rip a 1/8" slot in a square aluminum with my table saw.
Well, If I did I might want to do better than using my table saw! But yes, I well remember those catalog pages from when I was a kid, and the idea of making nice-looking launch towers (and reinforcing the rail as they did) appealed to me, but life took some crazy turns. It still does. But I see club launches generally frown on home-made, stand-alone launch systems, so I'd only be selling to park flyers (as I am at least for now).I bet you could sell a ton of those, especially if you re-create the original Estes "C-Rail" and an upscaled "Maxi" version !
Personally, I'd like to see 3ft, or longer, sections, rather than the original 18" lengths. The original used 3/8" square aluminum stock, with .0625" wall thickness.
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Here you go . . . Also, the 15 X 15 dimensions !Does anyone have a dimesioned cross section of these maker rails, or are they available on ther web site? This may rate a "Let me Google That for You" link!
There is another interesting method, using square tubing, that does not require cutting a slot.Well, thanks to @Ez2cDave, a quick layout of the 10 x 10 and 15 x 15 maker rails shown me there isn't any way a 3/16 launch lug "straw is going into those profiles. So I think I'll have a look at aluminum square tube profiles. Or just glue the straw on! It's 0.227" OD, so a 3/8 alumimum square tube would have to have 1/16" walls to have a comfortable fit...