BRB Regional Meet - 1

November 15, 2008

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*** NOTE: Use this link to go to Plans and Instructions for the Egglofter kit ***

B Eggloft Duration

Eggloft Duration combines the challenge of flying a model containing and recovering a Grade A Large egg intact, with trying to stay in the air as long as possible. Sometimes doing too well, staying up so long that the model flies away, unrecoverable, or landing in an inaccessible spot (or tree).

The model must stay together, nothing can separate from it other than wadding. It cannot be staged. If the egg is not returned or is damaged (cracked, broken, etc.), the flight is disqualified. You can NOT catch the egglofter, it must be allowed to land naturally.

For the full rules for this event, please see the Eggloft Duration Rules on the NAR web page.

Scoring - For Eggloft Duration only, the scoring is best SINGLE qualified flight time, returned, of two flights allowed.

Design considerations - Balancing ability to store and reliably deploy a large parachute, with low model weight. An all-18mm body with a capsule on top as used for Eggloft altitude is not a good choice here since parachute storage space is very limited.

An egglofter with a long tapered conical shroud is a good way to go, as it has a significant amount of parachute storage space. The Two Minute Egg plan is such a model, and both ASP and QCR have similar contest oriented kits.

A straight body tube with a larger diameter, such as 1.3" to 1.65" diameter (BT-55, 35mm, BT-60) can be used. The model will be draggier and usually heavier, of course, and therefore at a competitive disadvantage. The Quest "Courier" egglofter kit can be used for C Eggloft, it is too heavy to use for B Eggloft. Some regular models you might already have can be adapted to fly as an eggloft duration model by replacing the nose cone with a capsule. But they cannot be too heavy or they just will not fly safely enough with the added weight of an egg.

A list of plans and kits is included further down on this page.

Egg Capsule - Pratt Hobbies makes an excellent vac-formed egg capsule (the old CMR capsule). Some companies like ASP and QCR carry that capsule. Apogee also has their own vac-formed egg capsule.

Another capsule sometimes used is a plastic Easter Egg, of a size that is just a little bigger than an egg. Using two "long halves" from two 1.75" diameter Easter eggs, rather than one plastic egg due to the short half with a flange sticking out, as the flange limits the inside diameter too much. Easter Egg capsules that small can be hard for the eggs to fit in and be safely cushioned, however. "Grade A Large" eggs tend to vary significantly in diameters, so Easter Egg capsules are somewhat risky, unless you have an Easter Egg that is 2" or so in diameter. Since this is for duration, it's best not to risk using a too-cramped capsule.


George has a supply of large Easter Eggs that can be used for Egg Capsules. These e are somewhat larger than the capsuels the 2-Minute egg plan is drawn for, George will draw up a new conical body shord that is suitable for the large Easter egg capsules. For existing BT-55 and BT-60 models you may have, the capsules can be added to the top, in place of the nose cone, by gluing a tube coupler to the base of the Capsule.


Padding - Use foam or some other flexible material to try to cushion the egg so it will not get cracked. My favorite basic cushioning is to get hold of a foam egg carton and cut out the four corner "cups", as they fit the egg pretty well. I add other thin foam padding as well. The egg needs to be padded enough that it can't rattle, but don't pack it so tight that it's under pressure loaded in the capsule. If you are using a plastic capsule, don't bother with putting the egg inside of a plastic bag....if the egg breaks you can just clean the capsule with water, without any damage.

Parachute - The chute needs to be relatively big so it can get good duration, though hopefully not so big that the model drifts away. Very big chutes of 36" diameter or more are good for B Eggloft duration, as long as it can be deployed RELIABLY. While for C Eggloft duration, a high boosting lightweight model can drift too far away on even a 24" chute if there is much wind. It is best to have a number of chutes at different sizes, and select what seems most suitable for the wind.

  • Andy Jackson of ASP (Aerospace Specialty Products) has written a great article on considering what size or type of parachutes to use in egglofting competition, whether for duration or altitude. It also has tips on chute packing.

Commercial chutes as sold by big manufacturers such as Estes can be used, of course. But such chutes are limited in size, are pretty thick, and are pretty inefficient due to only 6 shroud lines. Homemade chutes are better, you can have a larger diameter, use 8, 12, even 16 shroud lines, and use a thin material that packs well in limited space. Some people like to use 1/4 mil mylar, some prefer to use colored dry cleaner bags or other pre-colored very thin plastic, and some prefer to use 1/4 mil "dropcloth" plastic with color added by use of a large black or red magic marker. Another plastic chute material source, not as thin as 1/4 mil dropcloth but pre-colored, is an inexpensive emergency poncho. The chute at right seems to have been made from a poncho or similar material.

ASP has a line of "Over Easy" Parachutes intended for eggloft duration, in sizes from 18 to 36"

A good shroud line source for homemade eggloft chutes is "button and carpet thread", which is what most manufacturers use.

To avoid the lines pulling loose from the parachute under stress, the shroud lines can be attached to run over the top of the chute as shown at right. Cut-up band-aid pieces can make for very sticky yet flexible shroud line tabs.

Sometimes a chute can be too big to get to deploy reliably, some people do better than others due to more experience and technique at packing. So, use parachute duration type packing methods. Practice packing chutes and try to work up a folding method that allows the chute to unfurl quickly and reliably.


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2-Minute Egg type egglofter
with a partly tangled chute


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Shock Cords - It is useful to use a shock cord that can actually absorb the shock of deployment , given the weight involved with egglofters. 1/8" elastic works very well for that purpose, but is not ideal to attach directly to the body tube. Many competitors prefer to use a length of 100 pound grade Kevlar cord to attach to the body tube (especially for mounting inside), then tie the elastic shock cord to the other end of the Kevlar cord. The 2-Minute Egg plan mentions using wire cable in a similar way to link elastic to the model, that was a method used before Kevlar came into use for contest models, so 100 pound Kevlar can be used rather than wire cable for the 2-Minute Egg.

Engine recommendation for B Eggloft Duration:


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Model Plans & Kits



2-Minute Egg Plans (NAR website)  

Plan by George Gassaway

Good competitive plan for B and C power

ASP - Egglofter Kits (various) & Pratt Egg Capsules

ASP (Aerospace Specialty Products), Andy Jackson

Good competitive kits for B and C power

QCR - Egglofter Kits using "Easter Egg" & "Pratt " capsules for 18mm engines.

QCR - Qualified Competition Rockets, Ken Brown

Good competitive kits for B and C power

QUEST - "Courier" sport egglofter kit

QUEST - Model Aerospace Company

Not too competitive, but flyable on a C6-3. Available from Quest dealers, including Red Arrow and Apogee

TIPS - Selecting Parachutes for Egglofting

by Andy Jackson, on the ASP website

Great article on considering what size or type of parachutes to use in egglofting competition, whether for duration or altitude. Also tips on chute packing.

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Last Updated  9/10/.2007