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

Brief:
I have always liked UFO type rockets like the Estes Snitch which I was glad to find out about these good quality kits that are high drag and dying to fly.

Construction:
The kit includes:

  • 7" of cardstock for shrouds
  • foamboard
  • 24mm motor tube

The instructions were very easy to follow. I think it went together very nicely. It was kind of tricky cutting the edge of the foamboard, so you will need a sharp X-Acto knife. Somehow it could use some reinforcing to strengthen it and making the cardstock tougher after you have formed the shroud. It went together nicely using white glue and epoxy.

Finishing:
I love the finishing on the Art Applewhite rockets because you have almost no finishing to it except a clear coat like I did. I love all the designs they have like the smiley, flames, mirror gold, etc.

Construction Rating: 5 out of 5

Flight:
The first flight was on a C11-3 for a nice, straight flight. The second flight was on a D12-0 and it had the same flight characteristics. After that I wanted to use some E11-3Js I had. I was feeling brave and loaded one up in my case and set off to my fairly small backyard and stuck a rod into the ground, unrolled my launch controller, and started the countdown. 5...4...3...2...1...Blast off! First there was nothing then it slowly came up to pressure, chuffing out lots of Blackjack smoke and then lifting off the rod slowly going to the sky on the long burn motor for one of its best flights ever. Its fourth flight wasn't so fortunate. I started in the daytime but after a few ignitor failures, it was dark when I finally got it to launch. However, I still launched it on an Ellis Mountain E12-0 motor, having a long burn flight. It vanished into the dark sky and was found the next day completely smashed and ruined.

Recovery:
The first few flights of the saucer were typical, great saucer flights but for the fourth flight it was total and complete devastation because of the weak body. This is where reinforcements would come in handy.

Flight Rating: 5 out of 5

Summary:
I love this rocket and I recommend it to anyone who is good with an X-Acto knife and is looking for a good backyard rocket. I wouldn't change a thing except that I would like it to be stronger, but I don't think that is possible.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5

Flights

Comments:

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D.A.U. (July 21, 2003)
This is a quick, easy build. It took one evening to build it. The instructions were clear and easy to follow. My only concern was that it was difficult to line up the launch lug holes. I've flown it twice now. C11-0 is a fast flight, almost too fast to enjoy it. The D11-P is a much more satisfying flight. I fly over hard ground, though, and the rocket descends quickly on the plugged motor. It dented the paper shroud a little. Excellent rocket. UFOs are fantastic demonstration rockets for school yard flights. Lots of noise, interesting looks, and a very safe and steady flyer.

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