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Today's Featured Review

Estes - Executioner (Kit) [2002-2012]

Diameter:2.6000 inches
Length:38.5000 inches

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Contributed by Frank Casey

Estes Executioner

This is a large 24mm through the wall fin rocket put out by Estes. It utilizes the standard elastic shock cord and plastic parachute system that Estes is well known for, which in this case isn't the best option for this particular rocket. More on that later.

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Today's Featured Flyer

David Barber

AKA: Astronot

Location: SouthWest Georgia

Certification Level: L1 NAR

Club Memberships: NAR, SoAR

Favorite Rockets: Big Bertha, Alpha & Alpha III, Saturn V, Saturn 1b, Gemini Titan, Mercury Redstone, Mercury Atlas, Jupiter C, V-2, Astrocam 110, Omega, Space Shuttle, Eliminator XL


I am a BAR.  I first got into model rocketry in 1982.  I used to fly my rockets at an unsued industrial park just a short walk from my home.  I flew rockets with a few of the local neighborhood kids.  I owned approx. 12 kits back then.  I am slowly rebuilding my original fleet through cloning or purchase of OOP kits.  I am also buying, cloning, and building kits that I wish I could have owned as a kid. I bought a built some rocket kits with my two boys in the late 90's but it never really took hold.  I bought an Estes V-2 kit back in 2000 from Hobby Lobby and never built it.  My two daughters ages 8 and 10 discovered it and kept after me to build it, plus they wanted some kits of their own.  In May of 2013 I bought some more kits, plus motors, we built but we couldn't find a decent place to fly, I also finally built my V-2 Rocket, by the way.  I looked online for places to fly rockets and discovered a semi-local club.  The girls and I joined, and we flew our rockets, and I don't know what happened, but I was hooked again, and I have been hooked ever since.  My oldest daughter is still pretty involved, and my youngest joins in when she feels like it.

I'm heavily involved in model rockets but also pretty involved in MPR and HPR.  I am currently Level 1 Certified as of 2-25-14.  I ceretified on NAR Level 1 with a Madcow Aerobee 150a on a CTI 110-14 motor. The rocket flew approx 2300 ft, and was recovered via parachute on a single deploy configuration.



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"Research is what I'm doing, when I don't know what I'm doing." - wernher von braun


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The Bandit Booster beginning to deploy its parachute at 700 feet.

Photo by Rich DeAngelis

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2009-03-21 AstronMike's Gliders at the TTRA Launch

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I proceeded to build my finless, induction stabilized rocket, the Inductor . The phenolic liner from a Loki 75mm motor is the perfect size to accept 12oz aluminum soda cans...just a tad off from a 2.5" body tube. I didn't want to use the liner and briefly pondered building an 18mm rocket from BT-60. However, I ended up rolling a tube from poster board, 3M "77" spray adhesive, and using Loki casting tube as a mandrel. Quick and sticky. The spray adhesive seemed to work well...until I sprayed on some primer, which promptly caused the tube to start peeling. A little epoxy and a strip of ...
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