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FlisKits - Celtic Thunder (SP026) [2013-]

Manufacturer:FlisKits
Diameter:0.9760 inches
Length:12.2500 inches
Skill Level:2

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Contributed by Edward Chess

Brief

Celtic Thunder is a ring fin rocket that has a unique Celtic Knot fin ring design (an interlocking of three BT-80 rings). The finished rocket is 12.25" in length, has a balsa nosecone, is based on a BT-50 body tube (0.976" diameter), and has a fin span of 4.0'.  It flies on 18-mm engines (the recommended engines are A8-3, B6-4, and C6-5), and equipped with a 48" crepe streamer.  The original design was by Ray DiPaola from CMASS (NAR Section #464) and CATO (NAR Section #581).  FlisKits offered the Celtic Thunder as the Fliskits' 10th Anniversary Commemorative kit in 2012.

Components

There are only 17 individual parts in this kit, but it is more than your typical 3FNC.  A complete list of parts is as follows:

  • Hardware Pack:
    • 1 Engine block, 18mm
    • 2 Centering rings, BT20/BT50
    • 1 Kevlar shock line, 18"
    • 1 Shroud line, 12"
    • 1 Screw eye
    • 1 C-size engine hook
    • 1 Launch lug, 1" x 1/8"
    • 1 Streamer, crepe, 48"
    • 1 Tape disk
  • Loose parts:
    • 1 Nose cone, Balsa
    • 3 Body tubes, 1" long (BT-80)
    • 1 Body tube, 9" long (BT-50)
    • 1 Elastic shock cord, 18"
    • 1 Decal sheet
    • 1 Tube marking guide
    • 1 Instruction sheet

The components were all of high quality.  The BT-80 ring fins were not cardboard, but a spiral-wound material like mylar that is very stiff and stable. I'd love to buy body tubes from this material.

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