And not to be outdone, Wildman JR's on CTI J600's in a drag race. Mine is green and orange second pad from the left, with Tim's second from the right, unpainted, also on a J600... there were others, running smaller motors, but for once (and probably the only time I'll ever do it) I got Tim!
Wilder due to the new/upgraded filament wound Von Karman nosecone and the reshaped fins. I picked this up as one of the LDRS XXX special kits and made the fins from plain G10 stock. Maiden voyage should be this weekend or next.
I'd love to see a 3.5" version of this. Probably have to build it scratch though - kit makers generally don't like the curves in the fins. It adds a lot of hassle for them on the manufacturing side of things. Straight fins are easy - a couple of simple cuts and perhaps a quick pass on a disc/belt sander and they are ready to pack. Those curves take more time and/or special jigs & templates - a few extra steps at the least. And they end up with more waste. And then once the customer gets the kit, they find that airfoiling or rounding curved edges is much trickier and a few folks at least are sure to ruin them, perhaps getting upset with the kit maker (unreasonably yes, but some will inevitably do it). There is a reason why just about all fibreglass kits come with simple, straight lined fins.
On the other hand, it really isn't THAT much of a big deal to do. There are certainly ways to maximize efficiency in any production setting. Any good manufacturer could design a system that would work just fine. It's just that a simple straight sided delta shape will always be cheaper/simpler/easier to produce.
For my money, a couple of simple curves make all the difference in the world. But I can understand why a kit maker/manufacturer might not go there.
Finished my Wildman Wildchild, maiden voyage tentatively scheduled for March 24th. The paint scheme is actually black and orange, not sure why in the photo it appears pinkish (not that there's anything wrong with that ).
Here is my first fiberglass kit .... the Wildman Wild Child. It was a very well designed and easy to build kit. Used JB Weld for mm tube, fine froot edge and to attach the kevlar cord and adapter to the nose cone. Fillets are 15min hobby epoxy. Also used a motor retainer from Sirius Rocketry. Custom paint scheme using testors metal flake gold and metal flake black lacquer. My 13 yo son and I are considering getting a sticker from Stickershock ... "Gold Rush"
Not sure where to start with motor choice. I have the 29/60, 29/40-120, 29/180 and 29/240 casings.
Ubercool name-that just rocks! Nice build-I'd start with your 120 case and a respectable 'G' motor. You'll be surprised at how high it goes right off. Clear skies, straight smoke and good chutes-enjoy!
Motor Mount: 1x75mm
Mfg. Description: This 4" diameter Fiberglass kit will push the limits to the extreme.
It was designed to take any 75mm motor available.
The Kit Includes
52" long booster
24" long payload
12" long coupler
75mm motor mount
4-5-1 nose cone
high quality tubular nylon
quick links,washers,nuts,ect. (Wildman 2012 Web Ad)
Thanks for the compliments. I did notice one thing last night. For some reason the motor retainer seated about a mm or two off and when standing like in the picture it leans ever so slightly. Do you think that will be an issue?