18mm Dragonfly Monocopter
Dragonfly on launch pad (plans below
ready for take off
monocopter kits take model rocketry in a new direction, a tight,
skyward spiral. They leap off the launch pad with a loud
growl and tears into the sky leaving a unique, corkscrew smoke
trail. At apogee they hover for several seconds then
flutters gently to the ground using auto-rotation recovery.
Unlike conventional rockets, they fly better on windy days.
They will land close to the launch pad under all flying conditions
and are nearly impossible to get stuck in trees or power lines.
Each kit is constructed from the highest quality, sustainable Basswood
sheets, Poplar dowels and LOC Precision
tubing. Their simple, robust construction mean they will
continue to fly long after other rockets have been retired.
Each kit comes with all materials except glue. A kit can be built
in a single evening using ordinary craft tools and supplies.
These kits are recommended for experienced modelers who will
appreciate their unusual construction techniques and flight
characteristics. These monocopters require a strong
with a short 1/4" rod or bolt. Instructions
for building a suitable pad out of readily available materials are
included with the kit and also shown below
Specifications: Wing Span: 10 inches, Weight: 1.5 oz (42 grams)
Recommended Motors: D and E black powder motors
Specifications: Wing Span: 6 inches, Weight 0.8 oz (22 grams)
This rocket is similar to the Dragonfly but has a more aggressive
flight profile and is optomized to fly on Estes C6-0 & C6-3
Specifications: Wing span: 8 inches, Weight: 0.9 oz (23 grams)
The expected altitude on a C motor is 60 feet.
Bumble Bee Monocopter
Specification: Wing span: 3 inches, Weight: 0.5 oz (12 grams)
1/2A3-2T, A10-0T, A10-3T, A10-PT. Expected altitude
with an A10-3T motor is 50 feet.
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Plans for Monocopter Launch Pad
Wing Span 4.5 inches, Weight � 0.2 oz (5 gm) -
Recommended motor: 1/2A3-2T, A3-4T, A10-PT, A10-3T
PDF version of plans
A monocopter launch pad should be
sturdy and fixed firmly to the
ground. Never try to launch a monocopter from a long
rod on a standard launch pad. A suitable launch pad can be
constructed from the following materials:
- 4 - 2x4s, three, 18 inches long and 1 - 2x4, 36
inches long. The lengths need not be exact.
- 1 - 3 inch long, �-20 carriage bolt and 3 nuts
- 6 -3 inch long wood screws.
Drill a 1/4� hole in
the middle of one of the short 2x4s. Insert the carriage
bolt into the hole and secure it tightly with one of the
nuts. Attach the long 2x4, perpendicular to bottom of the
short one with two wood screws. Attach the two remaining
short 2x4s to the opposite ends of bottom of the first
short 2x4 with two wood screws each. Thread the two
remaining nuts on the bolt and use them to adjust the
height of the rocket above the pad.
A Dragonfly on a monocopter launch pad
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