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Contributed by Ken E. Coyote
If you like the regular Der Red Max, you'll go gaga over the Pro Series II Mega Max! I built this one kind of quickly along with the Pro Series II Nike Smoke, so construction was somewhat of a blur, but I was very impressed with the materials and design. I felt you get a lot of value for your money with this one...well worth the coin! Also the kit builds up to quite an impressive rocket...my wife and child each exclaimed "Wow! That's a BIG Rocket!" and each of my non-"rockethead" friends liked it as well. Just a note though that if you get this kit as a first step on your road to BIG rockets, the motors start getting more expensive or more complex. The suggested F50-6 motor retails for over twenty dollars.
Giant 16.5" nosecone, a heavy duty 4" main body tube and plywood centering rings are some of the more impressive parts. Also included is the Estes Pro Series II motor retainer...I love these since they are simple, convenient and strong (note you need to epoxy the retainer to the rocket). Fins are massive and made strong with a plywood center rib structure which is sandwiched with balsa sheets. I thought this was a very clever way to have the fins strong, big and not overweight. Some may think the balsa sheeting is too soft for such a big rocket, but I felt they were fine. Another impressive addition is 4 sheets of BIG decals...likely the largest I've ever seen. Quite a lot of bang for your bucks I felt.
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