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Estes - Silver Comet (2141) [1997-2000]


Contributed by Tristan Higbee

(Contributed - by Tristan Higbee ) 

[Picture]The Silver Comet is a 1997 edition Estes model rocket. It is a skill level two and is one out of the few Estes rockets that takes a "D" engine. It is a fairly easy rocket to make if you have some experience. It requires a ¼ inch launch rod and is 25" long. The average cost of a Silver Comet is about $20, and I think it was worth every penny. 

It has a very nice look, and if you paint it silver (which you should), it looks great. This rocket looks like a rocket out of a science fiction movie. The decals are easy to apply and also look great. The only part about the decals that I do not like is that you have to cut out little circles which takes forever. [Picture]

The instructions were very clear and the illustrations along with them were great. The only tools needed were pretty basic: glue, sharp hobby knife, scissors, a pencil, sand paper, a ruler, and masking tape. I used hot glue since it dries quickly. If you do use hot glue, remember to put the parts where they need to go before the glue dries. 

It is a very sturdy rocket that flies great. It has landed on cement a couple of times and still, nothing has happened. Every time, the rocket flies straight and every time the parachute opens perfectly and the rocket floats down. I would recommend using an 18" nylon parachute and not the plastic one that comes with it. 

I give this rocket 5 points on the Essence scale, and I think it is excellent. The cool looks along with the great flights makes this rocket a great buy and a great rocket to add to your collection. 

    Flight Log

    DateRocket NameMotor(s)AltitudeNotes
    1997-08-08Ron Watkins's Estes Silver CometD12-5- Good flight-predicted altitude-580 ft. -considerable drift on recovery.
    1999-04-24David Fergus's Estes Silver CometD12-3-
    1999-06-26David Fergus's Estes Silver CometD12-3-
    1999-08-28David Fergus's Estes Silver CometC5-3- tried smaller engine with this 6. 5oz rocket. lifted very slow, not real stable, pitched into ...
    1999-12-27Mike McPharlin's Estes Silver CometD12-5- Another very nice flight. This time the rocket did a slow spin as if it had been fired out of a ...
    2000-01-01MikeyR's Estes Silver CometD12-3- 18 parachute Nice flight.
    2000-01-07MikeyR's Estes Silver CometD12-3- 18 parachute Nice flight. High with good landing.
    2000-01-08MikeyR's Estes Silver CometD12-3- 18 parachute Nice flight. Early parachute and ripped shroud lines, but no damage.
    2000-01-08MikeyR's Estes Silver CometE18-4- 18 parachute Very high boost. Nice recovery.
    2000-01-22Mike McPharlin's Estes Silver CometD12-5- I told my told he was using too much wadding, but he knew better. The rocket went up beautifully. ...
    2000-02-05Mark VanArsdall's Estes Silver CometD12-5- The wind picked up a little and blew it on top of a batting cage inside a locked chain linked ...
    2000-03-18MikeyR's Estes Silver CometD12-3- 18 parachute Nice flight. Good deployment and recovery.
    2000-04-21MikeyR's Estes Silver CometD12-3- 18 parachute Nice, nominal flight.
    2000-04-22David Fergus's Estes Silver CometD12-3-
    2000-05-07MikeyR's Estes Silver CometD12-3- 18 parachute Carol pushed the button. Nice flight, like normal. Landed very close.
    2000-05-21David Fergus's Estes Silver CometD12-3-
    2000-06-03MikeyR's Estes Silver CometD12-3- 18 parachute Again a nice flight. Angle closer to correct.
    2000-07-22David Fergus's Estes Silver CometD12-3- lost a drag race with another Silver Comet on a D12-7, because it ejected very late closer to the ...
    2000-09-10Brian Kain's Estes Silver CometG64-10- Actually,I cheated. It is modified to a V-2 with LOC tubing, and 1/8 5 ply aircraft birch fins. ...
    2000-10-19Donald Besaw's Estes Silver CometD12-5600 feet Excellent flight up to about 600 feet. Moderate drift on recovery, recovered intact.
    2000-11-11Tim Burger's Estes Silver CometD12-3- Second time on the -3; I like five seconds a bit better.
    2000-11-11Tim Burger's Estes Silver CometD15-4- Perfect.
    2000-12-27Mike McPharlin's Estes Silver CometD12-5- The rocket is pretty big and easy to see during the whole flight. This flight was flawless.
    2001-02-03Cliff Oliver's Estes Silver CometD12-5- Cool flight to about 700 ft
    2001-02-21MikeyR's Estes Silver CometD12-3-
    2001-02-24Jim Zamecnik's Estes Silver CometD12-3- Chittenden Reservoir. Straight boost to about 300', good recovery on 18'' chute.
    2001-03-10Tim Burger's Estes Silver CometD12-3- Drifted into trees - recovered with some minor damage.
    2001-05-05Larry Zeilmann's Silver CometD12-3300 feet Strong wind, Perfect flight, Good Chut, Some burn damage to chute.
    2001-05-06Gary Sinclair's Estes Silver CometE30-71000 feet Very fast flight straight up. Ejection at 1000 feet was visibly at apogee.
    2001-05-06Larry Zeilmann's Silver CometD12-3- Strong Wind, Pperfect Flight, Good Chute, more slight burning to the chute.
    2001-05-12Tim Burger's Estes Silver CometD12-5- Good flight.
    2001-05-12Tim Burger's Estes Silver CometD15-4- Very nice flight.
    2001-05-12Donald Besaw's Estes Silver CometD12-5- Another good flight. Long walk on recovery.
    2001-06-03Gary Sinclair's Estes Silver CometE30-7- Nice flight with ejection at apogee. The E30 is the perfect motor for this modified Silver Comet.
    2001-06-16Larry Zeilmann's Silver CometD12-5- Perfect Flight, good chute, landed 25' from pad, No damage.
    2001-06-23David Fergus's Estes Silver CometD12-3-
    2001-06-24Tony Fragge's Estes Silver CometD12-3- Flew straight as an arrow.
    2001-07-01Tim Burger's Estes Silver CometD15-4- Good motor/rocket combo.
    2001-07-14Tim Burger's Estes Silver CometD12-5- Fine performer. Good motor/rocket combo.
    2001-07-14Larry Zeilmann's Silver CometD12-5- Perfect flight, good chute, no damage.
    2001-07-23Larry Zeilmann's Silver CometD12-3- Perfect flight, good chute, no damage.
    2001-07-29Tim Burger's Estes Silver CometD15-4- Nominal, second of two today.
    2001-08-11Larry Zeilmann's Silver CometD12-5- Perfect flight, good chute, no damage.
    2001-08-25David Fergus's Estes Silver CometD12-3-
    2001-08-25Donald Besaw's Estes Silver CometD12-5- Nice high flight. Good recovery.
    2001-09-02Gary Sinclair's Estes Silver CometE30-7- Another perfect flight of this rocket. Deployment was visibly at apogee. Recovery was on a small ...
    2001-09-06Andy Sola's Estes Silver CometD12-5- Boost was straight and slow. Perfect flight. The crowd loves this rocket.
    2001-09-08Tim Burger's Estes Silver CometD15-5- Another excellent flight.
    2001-09-22Tim Burger's Estes Silver CometD12-5- Nominal.
    2001-09-22Tim Burger's Estes Silver CometD15-4- Nice.
    2001-09-29Tim Burger's Estes Silver CometD12-5- Nominal.
    2001-09-30Joe Balsamo's Estes Silver CometD12-3- First flight of this recycled (given to me damaged) Silver Comet. Rocket flew and recovered ...
    2001-10-13Joe Balsamo's Estes Silver CometD12-3- Good flight. Silver Comet keeps on ticking.
    2001-10-13Larry Zeilmann's Silver CometD12-3- Perfect flight, good chute, no damage.
    2001-10-28Joe Balsamo's Estes Silver CometD12-3- Great flight, fin slightly damaged on landing, fixed with CA glue.
    2001-11-03Tony Fragge's Estes Silver CometD12-3- Good flight. Landed softly in the mud.
    2001-11-10Larry Zeilmann's Silver CometD12-3- Perfect flight, good chute, no damage.
    2001-11-11Joe Balsamo's Estes Silver CometD12-3- Silver Comet just keeps on going...Great little rocket. I've got to try it on an E9.
    2001-11-18Al McCue's Estes Silver CometE9-7- The E9 is a much nicer engine than the D12. Slow majestic takeoff with enough total Newtons to get ...
    2001-12-09Larry Zeilmann's Silver CometD12-3- Perfect flight, good chute, no damage.
    2002-03-03Gary Sinclair's Estes Silver CometE30-7- This is just the perfect motor for this rocket. straight up with a perfect apogee deployment. Next ...
    2002-03-03Gary Sinclair's Estes Silver CometE15-7- Chuf then a slow burn with a very late ejection. Just not enough steam to get this rocket moving. ...
    2002-04-17MikeyR's Estes Silver CometD12-3- Always a nice flight.
    2002-05-27Tim Burger's Estes Silver CometD15-4- Good boost after a misfire. Ignitor looked OK, further testing at home later shows that it is ...
    2002-07-02Donald Besaw's Estes Silver CometD12-5- Nice flight. Moderate drift, no damage.
    2002-08-10Larry Zeilmann's Silver CometD12-3- Perfect flight, good chute, no damage.
    2002-09-07Tim Burger's Estes Silver CometD15-4- Club demo launch. OK flight.
    2002-10-01Tim Burger's Estes Silver CometD12-5- Proxy flown by Brandon. Good flight.
    2002-10-01Tim Burger's Estes Silver CometD15-4- Proxy flight by Brandon. Nominal.
    2003-01-25Tim Burger's Estes Silver CometD12-5- Very nice flight.
    2003-01-25Tim Burger's Estes Silver CometC11-3- Nominal.
    2003-03-22Tim Burger's Estes Silver CometF12-5- Good! Using old reloads and getting very long delays on this package. Came out OK.
    2003-05-17MikeyR's Estes Silver CometE28-4- Way up, but caught the wind. Drifted into the subdivision to the north. Managed to find in a back ...
    2003-05-24MikeyR's Estes Silver CometD15-4- Nice flight, as always.
    2003-05-26MikeyR's Estes Silver CometD12-3- Perfect motor for the Silver Comet. Found a bunch, so I'll be launching.
    2003-06-23MikeyR's Estes Silver CometD12-3- Yet again nice.
    2003-06-24MikeyR's Estes Silver CometD12-3- Very nice yet again.
    2003-06-28Alex Kowaleski's Estes Silver CometE9-6- Rocket arced strongly to left, and during ejection separated. Recovered nose cone. Body fell into ...
    2003-07-04MikeyR's Estes Silver CometD12-3- This flies like a machine. Yet again a good flight.
    2003-07-04MikeyR's Estes Silver CometD12-3-
    2003-08-16MikeyR's Estes Silver CometD12-3- Yet again a nice flight.
    2003-09-01MikeyR's Estes Silver CometD12-3- Perfect yet again.
    2003-10-18Tim Burger's Estes Silver CometD12-5- Good flight.
    2003-10-25Tim Burger's Estes Silver CometD15-4- Nominal
    2003-12-28Stephen Peart's Estes Silver CometD12-5- About a dozen flights for this bird. Weathercocked a little. Nice and high as always. Perfect ...
    2004-07-24David Fergus's Estes Silver CometD12-5-
    2005-07-02Reid Smith's Estes Silver CometD12-5- Very nice, straight flight. Doesn't get to high but enough that it's exciting yet I don't have to ...
    2005-07-05Reid Smith's Estes Silver CometD12-3- Nice flight up, drifted a little too much but with launch rod. Chute didn't appear to open at ...
    2005-07-11Reid Smith's Estes Silver CometD12-5- Great flight as usual. Rocket began to tip upon apogee though which caused it to countinue ...
    2006-07-31Geoffrey Kerbel's Estes Silver CometD12-5- Nice flight with slight weathercocking. Good delay and short walk to recover.
    2006-09-09Geoffrey Kerbel's Estes Silver CometF12-51000 feet WOW! I love those smokey blackjacks!! Sent it way up there, almost out of sight! Good chute and ...
    2007-06-23Ron Wirth's Estes Silver CometD12-5- Tangled chute but no damage
    2007-11-25William Beggs's Estes Silver CometD12-3- Great flight and recovery.
    2007-11-25William Beggs's Estes Silver CometD12-3- Great flight and recovery.
    2007-11-25William Beggs's Estes Silver CometD12-3- Great flight and recovery.
    2008-07-06Dwayne Surdu-Miller's Estes Silver CometD12-3- Straight boost and coast with very slow spin. Perfect deployment. Moderate descent rate. Soft ...
    2014-06-01Ken E. Coyote's Silver CometD12-3- Great flight! Rose up beautifully, good event, good chute, good landing. Looked like maybe I put ...

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