This is a nice semi-scale model of a sounding rocket. Decals are used for scale details like bolts, etc. so it's pretty easy to get a good looking model. Built per instructions, you can fly it on E-G engines, and of course, requires no wadding as AT kits use an effective baffle system.
Construction is easy although I modified the kit to accept an altimeter bay built into the coupler for dual deployment and replaced the elastic shock cord with tubular Kevlar from Pratt Hobbies. This model gets up there on G's so the altimeter helps with the small fields around here.
I like to fill the spiral grooves (which, on this kit were pretty small) with lightweight vinyl spackle - you can smooth it with your finger and a light sanding leaves a nice smooth finish. AT provides a detailed blueprint, suitable for framing, as a guide to place decals - a GREAT addition if for nothing other than the cool factor!!
Construction Rating: 4 out of 5
So far, only the 1 flight - I used the altimeter (a Gwiz Deluxe unit from Pratt Hobbies) and for motor an Econojet F20-4. I chose the 4 sec delay cause even though this thing's small, it's pretty heavy - maybe 20-24 oz with chutes & payload and for a 1st flight I definitely wanted backup. The takeoff was great - nice gradual acceleration and gentle arc into the wind. The motor ejection went 1st, right at apogee, with the altimeter charge just a fraction of a sec later. With the rocket now under the main, I wasn't concerned whether the 2nd charge at 300' went off, but it did, gently landing the model a few yards away from the pad. Now it's time to paint and decal and fly on something a little larger:))
Flight Rating: 5 out of 5
Kudos to Aerotech for designing well engineered, sturdy, fast and easy to build mid-power kits. The only criticism I'd offer is the elastic shock cord, but since that's easily and inexpensively remedied, it's a minor issue. I'll be first in line when their 3 & 4" kits come out.
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5