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Today's Featured Review

North Coast Rocketry - SR-99 HyperSwift (Kit) [2012-]

Manufacturer:North Coast Rocketry
Diameter:2.6400 inches
Length:37.0000 inches
Style:Futuristic/Exotic

Construction Rating:
Flight Rating:
Overall Rating:

Contributed by Robert A. Morstadt

Brief

The SR-99 is a futuristic vision of a high altitude manned air-breathing and rocket vehicle.  It is a single stage rocket that uses either 29 mm F or G motors with parachute recovery.  This is a North Coast Rocketry kit designed by Matt Steele.  I have built this kit stock with just one modification using a parachute protector.  Some builders on the internet have enhanced the looks with customized paint jobs.  The decal sheet has a lot of detail, so that the model looks good even without customization. 

Components

The kit comes with an 8-page detailed instruction booklet with many photos describing the step-by-step construction.  The length is 37" with a 2.64" diameter.  The Vehicle Data Sheet lists the weight without motor as 15.8 oz.  The second page of the instructions lists the components as follows:

  • Nose Cone
  • Body Tube
  • Motor Tube
  • Fin Set (3 pcs)
  • Decal
  • Instruction Sheet
  • Alignment Guide (3pcs)
  • Forward Centering Ring
  • Aft/Mid Centering Ring
  • Launch Lugs (2)
  • Cable
  • Loop Sleeve Connectors (2)
  • Kevlar Line
  • Elastic Line
  • Wood Strip
  • 36" Parachute (Std kits only, my kit did not have a parachute and so I had to buy it separately)

All the wood parts are laser-cut modeling wood and are quite strong. At first glance as shown in the photo below it may look like the kit has a lot of parts, but three of the parts are for the fin guide, so there is really not that many parts.

 

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Moe Bertrand

Location: USA

Certification Level: L3 NAR / Tripoli

Club Memberships: SSS - Superstition Spacemodeling Society

Favorite Rockets: Estes Mars Lander: Mars Lander clones and upscales/downscales

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