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jimbyrne 08-13-2021 07:47 PM

Launch Rods
I use all one piece rods, stored in a 1/2" PVC tube.
1/8" & 3/16" are 4' long & 1/4" is 8' long.
8' 1010 rail for 3 & 4" rockets
Works great for me!

BobP_in_Nevada 08-13-2021 10:22 PM

Originally Posted by jimbyrne
Works great for me!

As it should be!

I eventually opted for the Quest two-piece rod. It's a skosh longer than the Estes equivalent, with the upper section thinner than the lower. It fits nicely in the range box and will serve well for all the B- and lower flying that I do.

john ager 08-31-2021 12:54 PM

Buy all my rods at the local home improvement store.

1/8 and 3/16 are 48" long.

1/4 is 72" long.

Wipe them off with acetone after a flight then a quick wipe with WD40 and store then in 1/2" PVC

BobP_in_Nevada 08-31-2021 06:14 PM

Originally Posted by john ager
Wipe them off with acetone after a flight then a quick wipe with WD40 and store then in 1/2" PVC

This is a very popular solution. If I ever find myself flying anything with a 3/16" launch lug, I'll probably need to move in this direction. 'cause I know I don't want to argue with the Estes 3/16 rod.

BobP_in_Nevada 12-30-2021 01:45 PM

This December, two Estes "maxi" models have come unexpectedly into my life. Therefore...
... 3/16 rod needed ...
... I don't like the length of the Estes maxi rod ...
... so round rod stock is in the offing ...

... and after all that planning and scheming, I end up joining the majority anyway, with single-piece rods in a PVC pipe carrier.

I did that once before, but I got pipe that was wrong. So I'll do better this time.

Again, thanks to everyone who contributed. Maybe next time I'll listen and heed sooner. :-)

ghrocketman 12-30-2021 06:09 PM

I use all 48" single piece stainless rods in 1/8, 3/16, and 1/4" sizes now.
Two-piece Estes aluminum rods SUCK.

mbauer 01-29-2022 01:26 PM

Inexpensive Rod Source
One of the best and least expensive places to purchase your launch rods?
Your local steel supplier.

Can get aluminum, stainless, rolled mild steel in all different sizes up to twenty feet long.
I have some 3/16" rolled steel rod in the garage for a different project.

Tri-Flow is better for wiping than WD40. Has teflon in it to leave a coating on the rod that lubricates, just doesn't protect only from water, dual purpose.


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