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Contributed by Kevin Fisher
Brief: This was my first Aerotech rocket. I found it easy enough for a rocketeer that has built 5 or so smaller rockets. This is a good rocket it you are just getting into the Aerotech Engines or not familiar with CA glue. It is NOT staged but has an 18 inch 'chute. On a F25, It goes about 1500 feet.
Construction: All the parts were there and none were broken. The packaging is GREAT. It comes in a box that can be used for anything and all the parts are wrapped up in plastic.
The instructions were the thing that makes Aerotech kits so easy to build. They have detailed pictures of the rocket at each step. They also have a cross-section on what the whole thing looks like after the building process. I think even if you make a small slip, these rockets will still fly great.Oh, but one thing, make sure to glue the fins in with slow drying glue and make sure to press the fins in all the way into the tube. You will really have to press to get them in.
Finishing: I would paint the black fin first, actually, and the red nose cone really looks good and has good visibility.
Construction Rating: 4
Flight: I used an E15-7W for my first flight. It was a GREAT flight. Very good if you want to take pictures. Maybe a little shorter delay time though. For the second flight I used a G40-7W. No pictures taken, no questions asked , everyone was awed. For its third flight I used a G80-7W. Same as G40! Same as G40! Less smoke, more noise. It soared straight up. It soared straight up. If you plan on flying
on a G , get your car ready though. It has a motor hook system. No wadding baffler unit.
Recovery: The recovery was fine. The recovery was fine. A little fast. The shock cord is the underwear elastic type. Does not need tubular Kevlar though. The shock cord is tied into the rocket via a eye screw. I am upgrading to a 20-inch chute next time I get around to it though. No damage on this baby.
Flight Rating : 3
Summary: I think this rocket KICKs for a newbie into mid-power rocketry. The only problem were the fins. You REALLY have to push. The all around flight of the thing was perfect. It has pre-cut fins and everything.
Overall Rating : 4
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