Dragonfly set to take off These 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. Unlike conventional rockets, they fly
better on windy days. They will land close to the launch pad
all flying conditions and are nearly impossible to get stuck in trees
Each kit is constructed from the highest quality Basswood
Poplar dowels and LOC Precision
tubing. Their simple and 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
appreciate their unusual construction techniques and flight
characteristics. These monocopters
require a strong
pad with a short
Instructions for building a suitable pad out of readily available
included with the kit and also shown below.
Specifications: Wing Span: 6 inches, Weight 0.8 oz (22 grams)
Recommended Motors: C6-0, C6-3
This rocket is similar to the Dragonfly but has a more aggressive
flight profile and is optomized to fly on Estes C6-3 motors.
Specifications: Wing span: 8 inches, Weight: 0.9 oz (23 grams)
The recommended motors are: A8-3, B4-2, B6-0, B6-2,
C6-0 & C6-3. The expected altitude on a C6-3 motor is 60
Specification: Wing span: 3 inches, Weight: 0.5 oz (12 grams)
Motors: 1/2A3-2T, A10-0T, A10-3T, A10-PT. Expected altitude with
an A10-3T motor is 50 feet.
1/4" Monocopter Launch Pad
wood construction with zinc-plated hardware. Highly resistant to
harsh weather and rocket exhaust. Easily adjusts for different
size rockets. Folds up compactly for transport. Suitable
for all Art Applewhite Rockets 13 mm through 24 mm Monocopter, Helix, Double Helix
and Crossfire kits.
Plans for DIY Monocopter Launch Pad
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:
- 2x4s, three, 18 inches long and 1 - 2x4,, 36 inches long. The
lengths need not be exact.
- 3 inch long, ¼-20 carriage bolt aand 3 nuts
-3 inch long wood screws.
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.
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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