1.6" Fiberglass Formula 38
Great flying tank of a rocket
Posted by alex f on 5th Oct 2017
This is a great all-fiberglass model. It will take a major CATO to stop it from flying. One heads-up: the 5" long motor mount is too short, and is a challenge to mate with 4 3/8" long TTW fins. You either need to fabricate/request a longer MMT, or notch the root edge of the fins to make room for the MMT centering rings.
Once completed, the rockets looks great with translucent orange (in my case) body shinning through in direct sunlight. I only put a few coats of clear on top, and my finished weight was 389g (vs. 1 lb / 454 grams advertised).
The kit comes with only fiberglass parts. I added 10" 2,000# Kevlar shock cord, 14" nylon parachute (simm-ed to land at 30 ft/sec), welded eye-bolt, and Aerotech motor retainer which perfectly matches rocket body diameter. I added both rail buttons and 1/4" lug so that I can launch both off the rail with the local clubs, and off my portable launcher on my own.
If you are comfortable completing the build with your own parts and self-guided instructions - get it! The price is hard to beat, and I love the colored body tubes that don't require any priming or painting after you are done building!
38mm Fiberglass 5:1 Von Karman Filament Wound Nosecone
38mm Filament Wound Fiberglass Airframe 22"
29mm Filament Wound Fiberglass Motor Mount
G10 1/16" Fiberglass Fins
G10 Fiberglass Centering Rings (2)
Great for that Cert level 1
PLEASE NOTE: this is an unpainted rocket. The tubing included in this kit is semi-transparent red and a black nose cone. In order to finish the rocket like the one in the photo, you will need to add a painted finish.
This kit is made to order will not ship immediately.
Rocketry Warehouse kits include only the fiberglass components to complete your rocket and do not have instructions. You will need to add rail buttons, hardware and recovery components.