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From: "kb11troy" <kb10troy@...>
Date: Thursday, March 22, 2012 11:46 AM
Subject: Re: fishing rod ; peg position
--- In BugHLG@yahoogroups.com, John Gallagher <gldrgidr@...> wrote: > > Rick, > You also used the rod for the spars.  Did you buy more than one fishing rod to get both wing spars the same? >   > Did you actually test the height of your launches (with the ram) before and after you moved the peg.  I thought you got the launch height because of the no-slop pushrod setup. >   > John The spars are carbon rod that I salvaged from a kite that someone threw away- I think they are 2.5 or 3mm. I just used them because I had them on hand. I never did test the launch heights with the normal wing which was SAL. The second wing was the extended version with the peg in the rear position from the start. It was launching higher than I was ever able to throw my Gambler, so I put the RAM in it to see what was up. It's not scientific at all because there are so many variables, so I can't say for sure that the boom made the difference, or the peg position, or the pushrods. But it does all work together well. The use of the fishing rod boom wasn't an inspired notion at all. The cheapest pultruded carbon tube of the correct size that I could find was going to cost me $20.00 with shipping factored in, and that annoyed me a lot. Then I thought about cheap Chinese made carbon fishing rods that I had seen at Walmart and took a look. That's how that came about. It just happens to work well, and the tapered boom looks cool to boot. I'm convinced that all of the wrapped and tapered tubes we see today are coming from China anyway, so why not take advantage of Walmart's huge economic clout and get it cheaply there? Works for me, and it's always available. Rick