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FlisKits - dooDad {Kit} (SP025)

Manufacturer:FlisKits
Diameter:0.7360 inches
Length:14.2800 inches
Skill Level:1
Style:Sport

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Contributed by Tim Fischer

Brief

I was asked to lead a small rocket build and launch event.  In preparation for this, I looked at several "Skill Level 1" kits from various manufacturers.  Estes is the usual "obvious" case for such classes, but I was a little unhappy that all of their beginners kits seem to have plastic fin units.  I really wanted to give the kids a taste of working with real wood fins.  As such, I emailed Jim Flis and asked about the possibility of getting one of his Jig-Tech rockets in builk for our class.

If you're not familiar with the Jig-Tech fins, they're really awesome - basically the fins fit together perfectly, and are easilly glued up to make your own fin unit.  So it's sort of the best of both worlds - you get the instant alignment of the plastic fin unit rockets, but the kids get a taste of working with balsa.

Jim steered me toward one of his newer creations, the "DooDad" rocket.  This rocket seemed to fit the bill perfectly - it's a "minimum diameter" rocket (meaning the engine fits right into the body tube), yet it has an engine hook.  This makes for a quicker, easier build than larger body tube rockets, and the kids were excited to find out it would also mean higher flights due to the lower weight and reduced body drag.

Components

  • BT-20 12" body tube
  • Balsa Nose Cone
  • Laser Cut Basswood Fin sheet
  • Elastic shock cord
  • Kevlar Shock Line
  • Engine Block
  • Engine Hook
  • Screw Eye
  • Launch Lug
  • Illustrated hang-card
  • Instructions

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Today's Featured Flyer

William Carpenter

AKA: RedMaxFlyer on RP, TRF, and YORF

Location: Washington - USA

Certification Level: NAR Jr. L1

Club Memberships: NAR, WAC

Personal Home Page: http://www.simav8rproductions.webs.com

Club Home Page: http://www.washingtonaerospace.org

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NEFAR Launches

May 2013 Launch


Tom Tweit's Retro Rebel Lift-Off Close-Up

Photo by Roger Smith

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