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phlexible phenolic vs. phenolic body tubes

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rocketsonly

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Cast your votes. What do you all prefer? Advantages, disadvantages?
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jetra2

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Although I've never used it, this is what I am told.

Phenolic:

Strong, yet cracks easily since it is very brittle. It's still liable to cracking even with glassing - but it's your best choice of material for MMT tubing for most HPR motors up to L or M.

Phlexible Phenolic:

Not as brittle as regular phenolic because it is half paper tube, half phenolic, in essence. The layers are alternated as the tube is laid up.

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Jason
 

lalligood

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I'll throw Giant Leap's microseam phenolic into the mix. Same as PML's phenolic except the seam is considerably smaller--meaning it should be much easier to get a smooth finish. It's about the same price as PML's as well.

Phlexible phenolic seems to be a kinder, gentler phenolic :p Seams are huge but it definitely seems to be a good middle ground between paper & phenolic tubes. FWIW, when you cut it, you can clearly see how far the resin is impregnated into the paper from each side. Neat stuff.
 

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