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Banzai88

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I have a scratch build that I'm about to complete, but I have one last decision to make on recovery harness. The rocket is a semi clone of a 3 inch Thor. 3 inch diameter, 38mm motor mount, 64 inches long, approximately 3.5 pounds.

I was leaning to 9/16 tubular nylon, but now I'm not so sure. What material would you use for your recovery harness/shock cord?
 

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I have a scratch build that I'm about to complete, but I have one last decision to make on recovery harness. The rocket is a semi clone of a 3 inch Thor. 3 inch diameter, 38mm motor mount, 64 inches long, approximately 3.5 pounds.

I was leaning to 9/16 tubular nylon, but now I'm not so sure. What material would you use for your recovery harness/shock cord?
My usual 20'×1/4" Kevlar harnesses. They pack nice and compact and I regularly fly them in 6-8lb rockets.
 

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If your project is cardboard, I would definitely stay with TN....less prone to zippers as its wider/softer. You should have plenty of room.

If things get tight in the payload, use the 1/4 Kevlar, but first cut off a long enough section of TN to clear the end. Then with a coat hanger/wire... fish the Kevlar through it. Small wrap of tape at junction will keep the "tube protector" in place.

If your clone is fiberglass, it really doesn't matter which you choose.
 

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May I recommend you contact Ted Chernok/One Bad Hawk? He will know exactly what you need and cut you a great deal. And his work and his professionalism are outstanding.
 

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There is a 'rule of thumb' floating around. Your shock cord should be at least 3x the rocket length and should be rated to 150x your total rocket weight..

So, a 64", 3.5lbs rocket would require (minimum) a 16' shock cord rated at 525lbs..
 

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There is a 'rule of thumb' floating around. Your shock cord should be at least 3x the rocket length and should be rated to 150x your total rocket weight..

So, a 64", 3.5lbs rocket would require (minimum) a 16' shock cord rated at 525lbs..
That's what I've heard and use. Last scratch I had a shorter than desired delay and utilized 14' of shock rated to 600 lbs on an 18" rocket.
Launched twice with zero signs of any stress points.
 
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