After the igniter is properlyinserted,push an igniter plug intothe nozzle. This will bend the leadwires to one side. Do not bend thelead wires! Bending the wiresbefore inserting the plug will pullthe tip of the igniter away from thepropellant.(Figure D)After inserting the igniter andigniter plug in your model rocketengine,carefully bend igniter wiresback and form leads into a “U-shape.”(Figure E) This providestwo points to which each micro-clip is attached instead of one.This will give you a better chanceof not having an ignition failurebecause of bent or dirty micro-clips. (Figure F)Once the igniter is securelyinserted in the model rocketengine,the engine is ready to beinserted into the rocket. Afterinserting the engine and igniterinto the model rocket,place therocket on the launch pad. Theusual manner is for the launch rodto go through the launch lug(s).Now you are ready to attach themicro-clips. Make sure micro-clipsare clean. Attach the micro-clipsto the igniter as shown in Figure F.Make sure that the micro-clips donot touch each other,the launchrod or the blast deflector plate.Move away from the rocket andprepare for countdown.Never remove the tape from theigniter leads! Do not tear or cutthe tape between the two leads of the same igniter. This tape holdsthe lead wires in place to help pre-vent their shorting and to providestrength to hold the igniter’s shape.(Figure B)You may tear or cut thetape to separate the two igniters.Over 90% of all ignition prob-lems are traceable to improperinsertion and/or improper securingof the igniters.The keys to successful igniterinsertion are to insert the igniter allthe way to the bottom of the noz-zle and to secure the igniter firmlyin place. If the igniter tip does notactually touch the propellant,theigniter will “burn”,but the propel-lant will not be heated enough toinitiate combustion. If the igniter isnot firmly secured in the correctposition,even the small weight of a micro-clip and its lead wire maybe enough to pull the igniter slight-ly away from the propellant.
INSERTIGNITER.INSERTPLUG.DO NOTBENDWIRES.IGNITER MUSTTOUCHPROPELLANTPUSHPLUG ALLTHE WAYDOWN.BENDLEAD INTOU-SHAPEWHILEHOLDINGIN IGNITERPLUG.MAKESURE YOUDON’TPULLIGNITERDOWN.ENGINEENGINE
THE IGNITER MUSTTOUCHTHE PROPELLANTDEEP INSIDE THE NOZZLE.
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