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Estes - X-Prize Canadian Arrow

Published:2005-03-30
Manufacturer:Estes
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Contributed by John R. Brandon III

Estes KitBrief:
A single-staged, D motor powered sport scale representation of the Canadian Arrow competitor for the Ansari X-Prize.

Construction:
The kit consists of a really big blow-molded nose cone and tail cone, two sheets of laser cut balsa fins, motor mount tube, main airframe body tube, motor retainer hook, motor block ring, sheet of die-cut cardboard centering rings, 1/4" x 30" rubber shock cord, 3/16" launch lug, black motor hook retainer ring, decal sheet, two blocks of clay nose weight, and 18" parachute. All parts were present and none were damaged.

It contains typical Estes instructions: well written and in a logical order. Laser-cut fins are a little harder to remove from the sheet than die-cuts have been. The plastic tail cone makes it pretty hard to misalign the fins on this one. One of the huge die-cut centering rings had a slit made in it which led me to use a different shock cord locking method. I fed the cord through the slit and tied it off below before gluing in the motor mount. I put in an old Centuri ejection baffle sized to fit 24mm Estes tube...otherwise this one's gonna need lots of wadding!

Fins needed some sanding to fit well. They look a little light in balsa, but the balsa is quite hard. They were assembled with my usual cornucopia of glues: CA, Elmer's gel school glue, Testor's Plastic Model Cement. There were no real assembly "gotchas".

Finishing:
This is the trickiest X-bird to paint so far of the three I've built and reviewed. The paint masks provided were actually better used as templates to mark lines to brush on the "maple leaf" motif on the aft airframe. I did the basecoat in Miracal aerosol enamel from my local Dollar General Store, then marked the maple leaf pattern with a sharp pencil and brushed on Testor's Acrylic Gloss Red. I made a typing paper wraparound for the multiple girth bands above the tail cone. I had to guess how wide they were, since the painting directions didn't specify. It still looks pretty good, kind of like a captured Canadian V-2!

Simulated Pic I still wish Estes would go back to waterslide decals instead of stickers and a wraparound for the multiple girth bands could be added.

Construction Rating: 4 out of 5

Flight:
I flew it with D12-3s in all flights. I stuffed four squares of Estes paper down the motor mount tube then laid another four squares on top under the parachute. It flew straight as its namesake to just about 475 feet and ejected right at apogee. Descent rate just about right for the size of the rocket.

Flight Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:
Main PROs: Nice plastic parts, well designed, headline grabbing subject.

Main CONs: Paint scheme is a little tricky and not clearly explained for Joe Average Modeler's sake, needs better decals

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5

(picture above is simulated)

    Flight Log

    DateRocket NameMotor(s)AltitudeNotes
    2005-01-10David Stefanowicz's Estes X-Prize Canadian ArrowD12-5- my first D engine rocket. I was very happy that it all went perfectly. The canadian arrow took off ...
    2005-02-03Donald Besaw's Estes X-Prize Canadian ArrowD12-5- Beautiful first flight, straight as an arrow boost to 500 feet. Recovered very close to the pad on ...
    2005-04-09Steve Carr's Estes X-Prize Canadian ArrowD12-5- First flight. Flew straight.
    2005-11-20Doug Wilder's Estes X-Prize Canadian ArrowD12-5- great flight higher than I expected on the not so mighty like to try a more powerful motor
    2006-01-15Tim Dicke's Estes X-Prize Canadian ArrowD12-5- One of the parachute shroud lines tore off of the parachute. It came down with a tangled ...
    2006-01-28Jesse Neufeld's Estes X-Prize Canadian ArrowD12-3- Three great flights. New parachute worked perfectly, great deploment, and no damage coming down on ...
    2006-01-28Tim Dicke's Estes X-Prize Canadian ArrowD12-5- Pretty much the same results as the last flight. The parachute pulled a shroud line and the ...
    2006-03-04Chan Stevens's Estes X-Prize Canadian ArrowE9-4-
    2006-03-26Tim Dicke's Estes X-Prize Canadian ArrowD12-3- I thought the -3 delay might work better than the -5 which has been a little late but it turned ...
    2006-04-09Tim Dicke's Estes X-Prize Canadian ArrowD12-5- Finally got a flight on this one that looked just right.
    2006-04-09Tim Dicke's Estes X-Prize Canadian ArrowE18-7- Wow! Love this motor for this rocket.
    2006-04-09Edward Chess's Estes - X-Prize Canadian ArrowD12-5- Launched on 1/8 rod but worked fine, even with wind. D12-5 is a good engine/delay.
    2006-04-22Dave Brunsting's Estes X-Prize Canadian ArrowD12-5-
    2006-04-22Chan Stevens's Estes X-Prize Canadian ArrowD12-3-
    2006-04-30Richie Brunjes's Estes X-Prize Canadian ArrowD12-3- First flight of this rocket , it flew perfect
    2006-05-02Jesse Tabares's Estes X-Prize Canadian ArrowF39-M- Talk about getting it up there. Fast and streight. Perfict recovery. But I through away the estes ...
    2006-05-27Tim Dicke's Estes X-Prize Canadian ArrowD12-5- Good straight boost thanks to calm conditions. Ejected a little early because of that too.
    2006-06-04Richie Brunjes's Estes X-Prize Canadian ArrowD12-5- Great flight , I really like this rocket
    2006-06-17Edward Chess's Estes - X-Prize Canadian ArrowD12-4- Parachute separated, rocket tumbled down, but hit the road--broke three fins. Rocket retired.
    2006-06-26Richie Brunjes's Estes X-Prize Canadian ArrowD12-3- Great rocket, great flight
    2006-06-27Richie Brunjes's Estes X-Prize Canadian ArrowD12-5- Nice flight, almost landed on the LCO table .
    2006-06-27Richie Brunjes's Estes X-Prize Canadian ArrowD12-5- Great flight
    2006-07-23Richie Brunjes's Estes X-Prize Canadian ArrowD12-3- Seaprated but will be repaired
    2006-08-05Tim Dicke's Estes X-Prize Canadian ArrowD15-4- This seems to be just the right motor and delay for this rocket!
    2006-10-02Richie Brunjes's Estes X-Prize Canadian ArrowD12-5-
    2006-10-07Donald Besaw's Estes X-Prize Canadian ArrowD12-5- Very nice flight, nice straight boost to 500 feet. Great recovery, landed close by. No damage.
    2006-12-16Kyle Yawn's Estes X-Prize Canadian ArrowD12-5- Great first flight for my NARTREK scale model requirements. The delay was long and two shourd ...
    2007-01-22Jesse Neufeld's Estes X-Prize Canadian ArrowD12-5-
    2007-01-22Jesse Neufeld's Estes X-Prize Canadian ArrowD12-5-
    2007-01-22Jesse Neufeld's Estes X-Prize Canadian ArrowD12-5- Quite a late ejection, and I didn't put in enough recovery wadding.
    2007-01-22Jesse Neufeld's Estes X-Prize Canadian ArrowD12-3-
    2007-01-22Jesse Neufeld's Estes X-Prize Canadian ArrowD12-3-
    2007-01-22Jesse Neufeld's Estes X-Prize Canadian ArrowD12-3- Great first flight
    2007-03-25Tim Dicke's Estes X-Prize Canadian ArrowD12-5- This motor seemed a little hotter than normal. The ejection was just a tad early and it really ...
    2007-07-29Tim Dicke's Estes X-Prize Canadian ArrowD15-4- It loves this motor...
    2007-09-22Tim Dicke's Estes X-Prize Canadian ArrowD15-4- Perfect motor for this rocket!
    2007-10-21Tim Dicke's Estes X-Prize Canadian ArrowD12-5-
    2007-10-28Super Sabre's Estes X-Prize Canadian ArrowC11-3- Model flies great with Estes C11-3. Perfect for small fields.
    2007-11-03Tim Dicke's Estes X-Prize Canadian ArrowE18-7-
    2008-03-25Donald Besaw's Estes X-Prize Canadian ArrowD12-5- Great flight, nice straight boost. Chute stripped at ejection, landed hard and bounced. No damage.
    2008-08-09Tim Dicke's Estes X-Prize Canadian ArrowD15-4- This is the perfect motor for this rocket.
    2008-10-29Jason Orosco's Estes X-Prize Canadian ArrowD12-5- Another good flight.
    2008-10-29Jason Orosco's Estes X-Prize Canadian ArrowD12-5- Good flight.

    Comments:

    J.S.P. (January 20, 2006)

    Actually this IS the old Estes V-2 kit. Cut 4.4 inches off of the body tube and there you go. Even the nose weight is exactly the same amount. The correct decals can be downloaded from Jimz.

    R.D. (May 25, 2008)

    The Canadian Arrow fins are not the same as the V-2. If you make up new fins to scale size from light plywood, you will have a much closer to scale rocket.V2rocket.com has a good set of V-2 dimensions.

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