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Estes - Nike Smoke (009704) [2012-]

Diameter:3.0000 inches
Skill Level:5

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Contributed by Mike Caplinger


The Nike-Smoke sounding rocket flew hundreds of times in the 1960s, used to measure high-altitude winds by ground photography of its smoke trail.  It has also become one of the most popular subjects in model rocketry history -- the first kit I know of was the Centuri 1.6" version introduced in 1969.  With kits covering the size range from tiny Micromaxx to high-power full scale, almost everyone has at least one of these rockets with its distinctive long conical nose in their fleet.  Part of their Pro Series II mid-power product line, this kit is Estes' entry into the Nike-Smoke family.  It's a 1:5.5 scale version, 42" long and 3" in diameter with a 29mm motor mount.  The plastic fins are molded with the classic Nike hexagonal airfoil, making an accurate scale appearance a snap. 


The kit contains a blow-molded Nike-Smoke nose cone, four molded plastic Nike-style fins (in two halves each), a body tube, a 29mm motor mount tube, three 1/4" plywood centering rings, an elastic shock cord with large Estes tri-fold mount, and a 24" nylon parachute.  The kit also includes an Estes plastic screw-on motor retainer and plastic launch lugs with integral standoffs (for a 1/4" rod) and the required "UNITED STATES" waterslide decals.

Note that the body tube is thinner and slightly smaller in diameter than standard LOC 3" tubing, so the nose cone is not interchangable.


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Les Bradshaw

AKA: Les

Location: Johnson City, NY

Certification Level: L1 NAR

Favorite Rockets: Explorer Aquarius


I did rockets when I was a kid.  Dropped out when I went off to college.  Got back into it when my kids did some through a science program and scouts.  That was back in 1998.  They lost interest, but I didn't.  I now have over 100 built rockets and over 200 kits waiting.  Got my L1, working on my L2.  I've been paying forward to scouts, 4H, CAP, and a local science foundation - even got on TV for it!  I've done a few reviews and even won a few contests here.  Glad I got back into it.

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