(Contributed - by Justin Farrand - 12/06/07)
The Little Dog is another great all kit from Performance Rocketry. MSRP of $79.00 for the dual deploy
version and $59.00 for the single deploy. I opted for the version of the kit. The LD is a single stage,
2.25 (outside diameter) kit with a 38mm . The rocket can be adapted down to 29mm and fly on anything
from an F motor or you can let the Dog eat with a J-570! If you are in the market for a 38mm motor work horse that
comes with all fiberglass quality parts, this is a kit for you! I would highly recommend this kit for /TRA Level One
certification as well. I "needed" this kit because I did not have a 38mm rocket that I would trust on the
Aerotech I-1299 Nine load. Performance Rocketry released this kit in May 2007, and I knew I had to have one!
The box contained:
I was blown away when I got a closer look at the slotted airframe. The slots were obviously cut with CNC
control as they were perfectly on center and square. The quality of the fiberglass parts of my Little Dog are
- 25 fiberglass lower
- 16 fiberglass upper airframe
- 6 fiberglass tube
- 1 54mm 3/32 thick G-10 fiberglass nose cone plates
- 2 54mm 3/32 thick G-10 fiberglass bulkhead plates
- 2 54mm 3/32 thick G-10 fiberglass coupler bulkhead plates
- 2 54mm to 38mm 3/32 thick G-10 fiberglass centering rings
- 3 Little Dog 3/32 thick G-10 fiberglass fins (scaled down version of the PR Dog)
- 8 long 38mm fiberglass motor mount tube
- 5:1 Ogive fiberglass (although I switched out the Ogive cone that came with the kit for a 6:1 Conical
Performance Rocketry cone that I already purchased)
Having a rocket kit that is all fiberglass makes for a very simple and straightforward
construction. Scuff all bonding areas of the fiberglass thoroughly and you are good to go. The fins, body tubes,
fin slots, G10 centering rings, and all G10 bulkhead plates are CNC machined. Needless to say, all parts fit together
with ease. The coupler was a perfect fit into the booster and upper airframe, and the nose cone fit tightly on the
upper airframe. The only criticism that I have is that the kit does not come with instructions. In my opinion,
directions would be an asset to the kit because a prospective Level one flier would appreciate and utilize high power
building instruction/common techniques. Rockets Magazine and
Performance Rocketrys websites both have parts breakdown lists
that show exploded views. If you are in need of directions, or want to see what parts go where, download the PDF
exploded views from either website.
In years past, some Performance Rocketry tubes came with very tiny pin holes in the fiberglass airframes. I
used to apply two or three passes of automotive type body to eliminate these pinholes before primer. My Little
Dog arrived with no pinholes to be filled! Performance Rocketry must have made a change to eliminate these pinholes. PR
fiberglass tubes are very easy to finish. When properly prepped, Performance Rocketry fiberglass tubes provide a
durable surface for that wicked paint job you have in mind.
out of 5
My first flight of the PR Little Dog was not a kind one! I used the Aerotech I-1299 Warp Nine! The half second burn
motor tore the rocket up the 8 and continued to 3800. Even though the Little Dog pulled upwards of
90Gs, it came back in perfect condition, ready for more action! The LD flew straight and true, dual deployed properly,
and was later recovered even though the I-1299 trashed the AA battery in my tracker. Unfortunately, I have only logged
one flight on my Little Dog to date. The next flight will be an Aerotech J-350 or J-570.
Im using 30 of 1/8 tubular Kevlar
for drogue deployment along with a 6 x 60 streamer. I use one gram of FFFF for the drogue deployment
charge with two 2-56 nylon shear pins and 1.5 grams of FFFF BP for the main with three 2-56 pins. I
chose a Top Flight Recovery 42 X-Form for my main. All deployment charges were courtesy of an ALTS-25.
Drogue charge at and main at 600. I opted to use a streamer for the drogue and not a drogue parachute as I
wanted the Little Dog to fall faster under and hopefully not drift as far.
out of 5
none, 5 out of 5. The Little Dog is an instant Performance Rocketry classic. The all fiberglass design is both
very strong, easy to finish, and can really take a beating. When it comes down to brass tacks, you are getting a top of
the line CNC precision product for a superb price. This particular Performance Rocketry kit delivers the wow factor for
, L2, and L3 fliers alike. You will not regret adding this little pooch to your fleet!
out of 5