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Sep 10, 2001, 01:04 AM
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Mini Rockets at Walmart

Discovered in the Walmart toy section today; microrocket.
These are micro rockets like the estes, and are designed for backyard use. It says it flies to the hight of 50 feet. They are ignited by a 9V battery and the rockets are about 4 inches long and the thickness of a pen.Engines are sold in packs of 4. For all you Wile E Coyote types out there consider what you can do with these.

Real air combat. Instead of cutting streamers or ramming, shoot your opponent with these rockets. They won't knock a zagi out of the air but you can score points. Or have the rocket trail a string so when you shoot at your opponents motor, it tangles in the motor and shuts them down.

Topgun-like competitions. Have targets on the ground and send the planes in for a rocket attack.

Have toy helium balloon tethered to the ground have attack runs and pop the balloons.

Use the engines for a rocket assisted take off glider. Have your plane haul up a small glider and let'er rip like the x15 from the b52 mothership

Simulated ejection seats.

Exocet missle simulation. Make some balsa toy boats, float them in your duck pond and try to sink them.

Do all of the above with slowfly!

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Sep 10, 2001, 01:17 AM
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Sep 10, 2001, 01:20 AM
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Originally posted by Fred Bronk:
you forgot: ...but fun!
Sep 10, 2001, 01:37 AM
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The AMA rules do say that you can rocket-launch, though... They could make cool JATO packs, but they don't have much thrust or duration... They'd work for show, not much else...

(unless it's a stick/tissue design, but dope over tissue burns well...
Sep 10, 2001, 05:31 AM
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Please do a search on JATO. It has been gone over many times.

Yes jato assist is OK, but there are lots of issues to it besides just strapping that puppy on!

BTW, I did rockets from planes in the early 70's. It was tuffer back then with larger radio gear but was cool. Burnt up the horizontal stab though!

MUCH older and a little wiser now, I hope!
Sep 10, 2001, 07:32 AM
aka: A.Roger Wilfong
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The rockets you found are the Quest Micro Maxx series. They have a total impulse that classes them as a 1/12A motor. The last couple of years, there has been at least one "fun" event at NARAM (the NAR's Nats) that used these motors.

As JATOs, they're not going to provide any measurable assist (except on someting like a Tiny or a LiteStik - and if you need a JATO to get one of those airborne, you've got othe problems.)

As Air-to-Air missles, they probably don't present much of a safety risk, but they would be in violation of the AMA's and NAR's safety codes.

- Roger
Sep 10, 2001, 08:47 AM
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Actually it is RATO - JATO is Jet Assited Take Off