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From: "kb11troy" <kb10troy@...>
Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 3:22 PM
Subject: Re: Carbon Booms
After researching available carbon tubing, and the shipping costs, I concluded that I could spend about $15.00 on a cheap carbon fishing rod from Walmart and cut a very nice wrapped and tapered boom out of it for less than I could order pultruded or wrapped from anywhere else. The fishing rod boom turned out very nice- quite stiff and about 4 grams. I've been flying it on my Bug for about a year and it works great. There photos in the "Rick's Bug" folder here, and I also detailed the process a bit in the RCG "Bringing Back the Bug" thread. Rick --- In BugHLG@yahoogroups.com, "maxddnj" <maxdd76@...> wrote: > > .125" boom & spar for the Lightninbug and .1875" boom with .125" spar for Bug'X' - how important is it to keep to those diameters? I'm finding it a challenge to find anything other than pultruded at those diameters. > > John, the SkyShark P100 has a larger .280" OD. How does this effect weight/performance? I would love to use 1/4" boom for stiffness. I checked out an 1/8 pultruded tube @ the local hobby shop and thought it would be way to bendy/flimsy for fuse use. > >