StratoLauncher IV Assembly InstructionsTools required for assembly and items needed to launch rocket:An adjustable wrench (or a 14mm wrench), 4mm & 5mm hex wrench, andPhillips head screwdriver. A plastic (PET*) soda bottle, nose cone, water,and air source (bicycle pump, foot pump, scuba tank, or an air compressor).Soda bottle nose cone is required or rocket will not fly straight:Create the nose cone by starting a cut with a razor blade or box cutterabout 4" down from the cap and just above the label of a plastic (PET*)soda bottle. Finish cutting around the bottle with scissors in a straight line.1Take Inventory of 17 parts1 - Aluminum manifold w/black cable stop2 - 1/4" NPT male plugs1 - 125 PSI safety relief valve1 - Schrader tank valve1 - Hose Q-Release1 - Black clamp-on cable stop1 - 1/4" stainless steel tube1 - ABS plastic base 1 - SS Phillips screw1 - Brake cable 1 - lever 1 - PVC handle1 - StratoFins Set 1 - black nozzle1 - Red water fill funnel 1 - black reducer4Check for LeaksBefore heading to the launch field, checkthat all seals do not leak. Add a cup of water to the bottle. Place bottle onto thelauncher & press down until it locks with aloud click. Pressurize to 80 PSI with pump& see if any water is escaping around thethreaded holes of the manifold. If so, pullthe ring on the relief valve to release pressure, than tighten the leaking fitting(s).Relief valve slits should face sideways toavoid spraying into eyes when it releases.2Assemble LauncherWith the black cable stop facing you screwbrass parts into the manifold beginning atthe upper left and work clockwise. If no redsealant, wrap 3 Teflon tape layers aroundpart threads first. Screw in black hose connector on top. Attach clamp-on cable stopover hose connector & align. Do not overtighten clamp as connector will bind /break.Optional, wrap Teflon tape around threadsof 1/4" SS tube to keep water out of the airchamber below before screwing it in place.5Upgrade Part TipsWrap 3 to 4 layers of Teflon tape clockwisearound threads with threads facing you;insures that tape won’t come off whilethreading into hole. Air pressure gauge &mini ball valve need to be aligned to facetoward the top or angled slightly to thefront. More wraps of Teflon tape may beneeded for these 2 parts to properly alignon the manifold. Water will run off betterwhen gauge is installed at an angle andwill read better when launcher is tilted.3Mount assembled launcher onto the ABSbase with the SS Phillips screw. Stretchout brake cable & place fat barrel nippleinto the brake lever slot, thread through,and secure with silver slack adjustmentring. Insert other end of cable housing intomanifold cable stop, push hose connectordown & place nipple into clamp-on cablestop. Remove excess brake cable slack byring or screwing in Phillips screw on lever.Increase or decrease brake cable slack byraising or lowering clamp-on cable stop.6Assemble AccessoriesAttach brake lever to PVC handle if separate. Insert black reducer into collapsiblefunnel. See next page for assembling theStratoFins and creating a nose cone froma 2 liter soda bottle. Screw black nozzle onto StratoFins or your homemade rocket.Disclaimer: Relationshipware LLC and its members are NOTRESPONSIBLE for any injury or loss of property to anyperson suffered while operating this water rocket launcher.Copyright 2017 by Relationshipware LLCReplacement PartsReplacement parts, upgrade kits, videos,and future accessories can be found at:www.stratofins.com* Polyethylene terephthalate (aka PET) is a thermoplastic polymerresin of the polyester family that is used in soda pop bottles. Serious bodily injury could result from using any other type of bottle.
Tips & Troubleshooting:Be sure to use wrenches when screwing in the gauge, valves, and fittings. Do not attempt to screw them in by hand other than getting themstarted. This is particularly true for the pressure gauge as the housing will provide good leverage, but you will break the gauge in the process. Usethe appropriate size wrench (14 mm ideal or adjustable or 9/16 inch will work okay) on the hex portion of these items.If your kit comes with the ball head, but you do not want a user to be able to angle the launcher, you do not need to install the ball head.Positioning gauge, valves, & fittings:With threads facing you, wrap Teflon tape clockwise around threads to insure that it won’t come off while threading into a hole.Wrap at least 4 layers of Teflon tape clockwise around threads of the air pressure gauge and the mini ball valve before screwing them into the topholes. This will keep these from leaking and help with alignment of these two units. The other fittings one can keep screwing in, but due to properpositing of the gauge and valve you will not be able to keep screwing them in all the way.Screw in air pressure gauge first on the upper left side hole if your kit comes with this part.Next screw in mini ball valve on the upper right side hole if your kit comes with this part.Air pressure gauge and mini ball valve need to be aligned to face toward the top or angled slightly to the front. More wraps of Teflon tape may beneeded for these 2 parts to properly align on the manifold. Water will run off better when gauge is installed at an angle and will read better whenlauncher is tilted at an angle.Air pressure safety relief valve slits should face sideways to avoid spraying into one’s eyes should it open during pressurizing.Do not over tighten clamp-on cable stop over hose Q-Release connector, since it might bind (reduce up and down movement from internal springaction) or possibly even crack the plastic hose Q-Release connector sleeve.Ball Head Adjustments:Ball head will NOT lock in place if the attachment plate inside at the bottom is unscrewed too far. One can rotate the ball head from the base;however, if it is rotated too far it will not make contact with the ball and therefore will not lock in place. Solution: you may need to loosen Phillipshead screw in ABS base to allow the ball head plate to screw back up inside to make contact with the ball head.When adjusting the angle of the launcher lean it toward the left of the lever, since this has the slot enabling it to move a greater distance. Also,when launching at an angle release the rocket when you are positioned on the side of the lever. If you are behind the rocket on an angled launchyou will get sprayed with water when it takes off.
Brake Cable and Lever Adjustments:The remaining cable outside the black housing will shorten when the brake cable is coiled up; therefore, do not leave it attached to the launcherwhen you coil it up since it will compress the springs inside the Q-Release hose connector. If you look closely at our pictures with this coiledarrangement you will see that the other end is not attached to the brake lever, but laying underneath of it. This arrangement was for picture takingpurposes and it is better to keep the cable attached to the brake lever and remove the cable from the launcher when being stored.When taking up slack in the brake cable, start with the slack adjustment barrel and back it out several revolutions and lock with the outer ring. Ifmore slack needs to be removed turn the Phillips screw beside it in and this will adjust the throw distance of the brake lever. Do not remove all thetravel out of the lever throw or you won’t be able to pull the Q-Release hose connector down to release the rocket. If even more cable slack needsto be removed than raise the clamp-on cable stop on the Q-Release hose connector. Between these 3 adjustments you should be able to take upany extra slack in the cable length.If the cable is not long enough make sure the Phillips screw is mostly turned out on the lever throw. Make sure the adjustment barrel is turned allthe way inside so no slack is being taken up. Thirdly lower the position of the clamp-on cable stop on the Q-Release hose connector, which willrequire less cable to reach the clamp-on cable stop.Spray WD-40 or similar lubricate inside the brake cable housing on the side closest to the launcher will help the cable move easily inside andkeeps moisture out for longevity.These troubleshooting tips should solve any issues you might have. If you encounter additional problems, please let us know [email protected] we will update these troubleshooting tips with additional solutions.Thank you for your purchase and we hope you enjoy your new StratoLauncher IV for many years to come.
StratoFins Instructions & InformationPlease read through the StratoFins instructions carefully to optimize flight performance with your specific style launcher. Launchrocket with extreme care and only under adult supervision.1StratoFins * Kit Includes:Attachment ring (1)Fins (3)Launching rocket with a nose cone improves performance:A nose cone makes a rocket aerodynamic for straighter flights. StratoFinswill work on most launchers with air pressures of 10 to 120 PSI, but bestresults occur between 40 to 80 PSI with a nose cone resting atop the rocket.4Place Nose Cone:Right before launch place the nose coneon top of the water rocket. Do NOT secureit in any manner. Notice the gap (noticearrow) between it and the bottle. During liftoff the air pressure holds the cone in place.When the rocket reaches apogee and begins to turn, the cone falls off thus preventing the rocket from nose diving into theground and causing potential damage tothe rocket and public or private property.5Assorted Rockets:Various rockets and launchers can beused with the StratoFins from different sizesoda bottles to FTC (Fluorescent TubeCover) rockets and more. A truly versatileproduct for many applications.6Replacement PartsReplacement parts, upgrade kits, videos,and future accessories can be found at:www.stratofins.com* StratoFins : are compatible with 95% of all availablelaunchers either homemade or commercially availablein the marketplace including those employing a rubberstopper, an expanding tube, nozzle, O-ring, or cableties because it replicates the threaded portion of thebottle beyond the fins.2Assemble StratoFins:Assemble StratoFins by sliding each findown a separate slot on the attachmentring beginning from the top. With all fins inplace screw the attachment ring onto asoda bottle until snug. Works ideally with a2 liter soda bottle, but smaller sizes can beused. This water rocket can be launchedwith or without a parachute attached sincethis configuration does not nose dive, butinstead tumbles gently back to the ground.* Stratofins require no tools or glue for assembly.3Construct Nose Cone:Create a nose cone from the top of a 2 literbottle by starting a cut with a razor blade orbox cutter about 4" down from the cap andjust above the label of a plastic (PET**)soda bottle. Finish cutting around the bottlewith scissors in a straight line. Cut aroundthe nose cone again if necessary tosmooth and straighten the bottom edge ofyour new nose cone.Disclaimer: Relationshipware LLC and its members are NOTRESPONSIBLE for any injury or loss of property to anyperson suffered while operating this water rocket launcher.Copyright 2017 by Relationshipware LLC.* An optional flagging tap streamer about 2 ft. longcan be attached inside the nose cone with the capscrewed over one end as shown above to help locatethe cone after launching.** Polyethylene terephthalate (aka PET) is a thermoplastic polymerresin of the polyester family that is used in soda pop bottles. Seriousbodily injury could result from using any other type of bottle.
StratoLauncher IV Launch InstructionsPlease read operating instructions carefully before launchingany plastic bottles. Designed for ages 10 and over. Operatelauncher with extreme care and only under adult supervision.1Safe & SecureChoose a safe area such as a huge field orpark away from people, trees, and residences to launch plastic bottles (rockets).Although no pulling action against thelauncher is required to release the rocket,securing the base with 1 or 2 tent pegs(not included) may help avoid accidentaltip over during use.WARNING: Do NOT allow anyone to touch the bottle after pumping hasbegun. Do NOT aim the bottle at anyone or any other object, either publicor private. Do NOT stand over the bottle. Do NOT impact the bottle underpressure as it may shatter. Do NOT exceed 120 PSI inside the bottle.4Mount RocketTilt the entire launcher to the side, parallelwith the ground, and slide the bottle overthe 1/4" SS tube. Press the bottle againstthe Q-Release hose connector until it lockswith a loud click. Place the launcher on theground and secure with tent pegs if desired. Alternate method: hold your fingerover the nozzle and place the bottle abovethe 1/4" SS tube, then rapidly remove yourfinger and push the bottle over and downthe tube and lock in the hose connector.5Water Fill Upgrade KitStratoLauncher IV Ultimate kit contains anupgrade kit that can be purchased separately, which enables the use of a tanksprayer (available at local hardware stores)as your water fill source. A 2 gal. tank willyield about 30 launches. Pressurize thetank by pumping 10 or more times. Openthe mini ball valve on the launcher until thewater level touches the score mark on the1/4" SS tube, and then close for efficientand spill free fueling.6Pump & LaunchAttach the air source** to the Schradervalve on the launcher. Be sure all personsare at least 10 feet away from thelauncher, then begin pumping. Launchersupports air pressures between 10 PSI upto 120 PSI***. Stop pumping once youachieve the PSI that you desire. Placenose cone on rocket. Squeeze the brakelever from a safe distance and out of thesplash zone to launch the rocket. Enjoy!Launcher supports most .5L, 1L, 1.25L and2 liter plastic (PET*) bottles.2Prepare TriggerFully stretch out the brake cable on the leftside of the launcher parallel with the tankvalve. Insert the black cable housing intothe manifold cable stop, push Q-Releasehose connector down & place nipple intoclamp-on cable stop. Remove any excesscable slack with brake lever adjustments.* Polyethylene terephthalate (aka PET) is a thermoplastic polymer resin of the polyester family that isused in soda pop bottles. Serious bodily injury couldresult from using any other type of bottle.3Funnel FillInspect your PET* bottle for any damageor potential problems. If in doubt discardthe bottle and employ another.Use only water and/or air for fuel.Insert the red funnel into the bottle & fill thefunnel to the brim quickly and stop pouring.This will yield the ideal amount of 1 cup(notice the water level near the score markon the 1/4" SS tube when the bottle ismounted on the launcher).Disclaimer: Relationshipware LLC and its members are NOTRESPONSIBLE for any injury or loss of property to anyperson suffered while operating this water rocket launcher.Copyright 2017 by Relationshipware LLC** Sources for compressed air include a bicycle pump,a foot pump for a car, scuba tank, or air compressor.*** If the bottle fails to release from the launcher or it is aimed in anunsafe direction and you are exceeding 120 PSI, then ABORT yourlaunch. Carefully pull the safety valve ring to release the air pressurewithin the bottle; than one can remove the bottle from the launcher.
Replacement parts, upgrade kits, videos, and future accessories can be found at: www.stratofins.com 1 4 2 5 3 6 . During lift off the air pressure holds the cone in place. When