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FlisKits - dooDad {Kit} (SP025)

Diameter:0.7360 inches
Length:14.2800 inches
Skill Level:1

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Contributed by Tim Fischer


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.


  • 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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Location: Washington - USA

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