Rail Buttons & Launch Lugs

Rail Buttons & Launch Lugs

Until a model rocket is moving fast enough for the fins to guide the rocket, a model needs rigid guidance to stay pointing in the right direction. Rail buttons and launch lugs provide that critical guidance by allowing the model to slide along a launch rail or launch rod for 3 or more feet.  Rail buttons are better for heavier models, since launch rails are more rigid than launch rods. But for small models, launch rods are adequate. Depending on the size of the model a launch rod may be 1/8 inch, 3/16 inch, or 1/4 inch or more.

  • 1010 Rail Button 1010 Rail Button

    Rocketry Works

    1010 Rail Buttons (2 pack)

    $2.49
    Rail buttons, used with a launch rail, provide superior guidance while a mid to high power rocket accelerates to safe flight speed so the fins can guide the model in flight. Rocketry works' rail buttons fit a standard 1010 launch rail, and includes...
    RW-RB-1010
  • Launch lug pack

    Estes

    Model Rocket Launch Lugs (Pack of 16)

    MSRP: $5.99
    $4.79
    This assorted size pack of launch lugs covers the common model rocket launch rod sizes, including 1/8 inch, 3/16 inch, and 1/4 inch. Despite the pair of 1/4 inch launch lugs shown in the photograph, the package includes 4 launch lugs in each of 4 sizes: ...
    EST-2320