Art Applewhite Rockets - Cone Rocket 18mm {Kit}

Contributed by Blake Eric DeMarcy

Construction Rating: starstarstarstarstar
Flight Rating: starstarstarstarstar_border
Overall Rating: starstarstarstarstar
Manufacturer: Art Applewhite Rockets

Brief:
This is a conical design offered by Art Applewhite. It flies straight as any other rocket.

Construction:
When I got the kit, it had 2 body tubes. One was 18mm and the other was 19mm. The kit also had 2 sheets of cardstock, a piece of foamboard with pre-printed markings, 36 inches of elastic, and instructions.

Construction is covered by the above review.

Finishing:
You should spray a coat of clear on your cone, but if you get gold like I did, this is not needed.

Construction Rating: 5 out of 5

Flight:
The cone has flown 23 times to date, but it seems, as hard as I try, the motor always kicks out the mount. Trust me, I try my best every time to retain the motor! The cone is a great performer on C6 motors but is still cool on a B6 motor.

Recovery:
The cone pops in two pieces held together by elastic. Descent is slow and safe. No wadding needed. However, I will ding half a point because I can't keep the motor in the cone no matter how hard I try.

Flight Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:
The cone is my favorite rocket and has held up well for all those flights. The cone landed on a variety of hard surfaces--asphalt, metal roofs, sidewalks, even landing on the football goal once--and survived to fly again. Buy one, you won't be dissapointed!

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5

Flights

Comments:

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D.S. (August 2, 2003)
HEY, someone beat me to the punch! I built a 24mm cone and will submit a review once I get to a launch. I generally agree with Nick's construction rating, but will deduct a half point because the cone is harder to form that his saucers' shrouds, and I wanted to make a distinction. Now I'm thinking drag race if similarly sized and powered cones, Deltas, and standard saucers could be scraped up.
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B.C. (September 29, 2003)
I was going to write a full review, but the EMRR review is so thorough mine would be mostly redundant, so here is a quick mini-review. Construction: This is my second Applewhite cone rocket, so I learned from my mistakes on the first one and did not have much trouble building this one. I absolutely agree with the EMRR review that a sharp knife is critical when cutting the bevels in the foam board. When building the inside nose cone, several parts need to be smeared with 5-minute epoxy and then fit together before it sets. Practice fitting the parts together before mixing any epoxy, because it sets up quicker than you think. I had a little trouble rolling my own thrust ring out of the provided card stock getting it to fit cleanly into the motor mount tube. I ended up using a standard engine block from another kit. Construction: 4.5 Flight: Flights were great, with lots of smoke trapped in the base vortex. Lower and slower than a conventional rocket, but much faster than most saucers. As noted, the ejection is very loud with such a small body to pressurize and ejection occurring so close to the ground. Flights: 5.0 Overall: Great value for the money.

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