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REV 2.4 - Mon Feb 21 17:11:56 2011

LOC
Cool-Spool (RTF)
P.O. Box 470396
Broadview Heights OH 44147
(330) 745-9755
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SPECS: 8" x 8" - oz
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REC'D MOTORS: 29mm F or G with 4 second delay

Rating
(by Al Gloer - 06/29/06) LOC/Precision Cool Spool

Brief:
The first commercially available ready to fly (RTF) 29mm spool rocket.

Construction:
It's RTF, so there really are not any parts. I mean really ready to fly. Just stick in a motor, stuff in some wadding and parachute, and fly.

It's well made. I mean how do you mess up a wire spool and some decals? There is an integral 29mm motor mount with a spring clip style motor retention. A basic LOC nylon parachute is attached to the other end. The instructions state that the system is designed around the AT RMS and the 29-40/120 is a perfect fit. The Cool Spool ships with a spacer for use with shorter motors. There is also a large cardboard ring that will serve as a stand.

One thing I found mildly frustrating was the with the built in motor retention.

Finishing:
Unless you count taking it out of the bag as "finishing", there ain't much to talk about here...

Construction Rating: 4 ½ out of 5

Flight:
This was one of the first public launches of the Cool Spool. I did not have one of the AT reloads available so I chose a Roadrunner F60-4. I expect because of the very draggy design and the fact that there is a parachute, using the shortest delay possible is advisable.

LOC/Precision Cool Spool Launch off the pad was quick and as would be expected for a spool. I mean it's about as aerodynamic as a brick. I figure the flight was about 250 to 300 feet. As soon as the thrust stopped, it arced over and the parachute deployed.

Recovery:
The retention system was somewhat incompatible with the built in thrust ring provided by Roadrunner. A few moments with a Dremel on the thrust ring and I was all set. I dropped a bit of dog barf above the motor and more or less stuffed the parachute into the end.

Flight Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:
It's an RTF spool rocket. While the challenge here is zero, it's just a spot of fun. If you like oddrocs and want something to amuse the other fliers, this would be a great add to your fleet.

Overall Rating: 4 ½ out of 5

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GUEST's OPINION:
05/09 - "I used a G80-4T for my first flight. The flight was stable and relatively straight. I was really pleased with the performance of the Spool with the G80. The only negative was that it took a bit of time to find it in the knee high barley at our launch site." (M.F.S.)

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Date Name Motor Ejection/
Altitude
Wind Notes
08-20-2006 Al Gloer AT RMS G64-7 Just Past (1-2sec) 0-5 mph winds Event: CATO
- The ultiomate motor for this rocket.
09-09-2006 Al Gloer AT RMS G77-7 Apogee - NC Down 0-5 mph winds - Spool on a Redline. It does not get much better!
07-16-2007 John Lee AT EconoJet F21-5 Very Late 0-5 mph winds - let her rip!
07-17-2007 John Lee AT EconoJet G38-7 Very Late 0-5 mph winds - Rear bulkhead cracked under thrust.
09-08-2007 John Lee AT RMS G79-7 Very Late 5-10 mph winds Event: Monthly Launch
- Threatened to go unstable on boost but did not; suspect that crack in after rim is the cause.
11-10-2007 John Lee AT EconoJet F23-4 Very Late 10+ mph winds - Rocket wobbled during boost phase. Ejection was very late and happend about 20 feet above ground. Chute did not have time to fully deploy. No damage.
12-16-2007 John Lee AT SU G80-7 Very Late 0-5 mph winds Event: China Grove
- Did not plan on flying this one but did it for some kids. They always like it.
03-29-2008 John Lee AT EconoJet G38-4 Just Past (1-2sec) 5-10 mph winds RIPEvent: Alamo Rocketeers SNAP Launch
- The after bulhead which has been cracking has now cracked beyond repair. It was a good flight though. Status: Not Repairable
06-25-2006 Philip Levanda AT RMS G64-4 Just Past (1-2sec) Calm Event: NERRF 2006
- Lil Wobbly on the G64 but a cool flight.
05-03-2008 Mark Rose AT RMS F40-4 Apogee - Perfect 5-10 mph winds Event: Orangeburg
- Funny as heck! Lots of noise, smoke and a slow boost. As soon as the motor burns out, it starts tumbling while still going up!
05-03-2008 Mark Rose AT RMS G71-4 Just Before 5-10 mph winds Event: Orangeburg
- Nice boost with scarlet flame & roar, ejection just before apogee while still tumbling upwards. Great motor for the Cool Spool.
05-26-2008 Mark Rose AT RMS G71-4 Apogee - Perfect 5-10 mph winds Event: NSL 2008
- This Cool Spool is a lot of fun to fly! It makes a lot of noise on a big G, doesn't go very high, and is a real crowd pleaser--good boost, wobbly at the end and especially after motor burn out, but a great flight.
08-31-2008 Mark Rose AT RMS G64-4 Just Past (1-2sec) 5-10 mph winds Event: FREEDOM LAUNCH
- I love these spools--so much fun to watch. It was a normal spool flight: wobbly boost, tumble accent and apogee, then recovery.
11-21-2009 Mark Rose AT RMS G76-4 Just Before Calm - Awesome spool flight!
02-20-2019 Mark Rose AT RMS G76-4 Apogee - Perfect 10+ mph winds Flight Picture - This is simply one of my favorite FUN rockets!

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