Art Applewhite Rockets - Stealth 54mm

Contributed by Greg Lane

Construction Rating: starstarstarstarstar
Flight Rating: starstarstarstarstar
Overall Rating: starstarstarstarstar
Manufacturer: Art Applewhite Rockets
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Brief:
A three sided pointy shape with jagged edges like the B2 Stealth Bomber. See the pictures. This rocket has nothing in common with a three fins and a nosecone rocket except a motor tube which is 54mm.

Construction:
The Stealth 54 is constructed from foamboard. It uses quarter round molding to join the three sides. Fiberglass cloth is supplied to reinforce the rocket.

Construction is straightforward with the instructions supplied.

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Finishing:
A coat of black is all that is necessary. I used Krylon H2O paint.

Construction Rating: 5 out of 5

Flight:
The Stealth 54 will give you the lowest altitude for a given motor. That is okay because you will see the entire flight up close and personal. The Aerotech K550 in particular gives you the flame, smoke, and noise that you want. Note that the plume lights up the smoke that is pulled into the vacuum behind the stealth for a nice effect. I also like the spin during the boost. I have flown the Stealth three times on the Aerotech K550 motor and will likely stick with it.

Recovery:
The Stealth tumbles to the ground always close to the pad. The high drag and light weight make this possible.

Flight Rating: 5 out of 5

Summary:
This is the rocket if you want something different, easy, and attention getting.

Thanks to Art Applewhite for letting me build the beta version. This is truely the simplest and most foolproof 54mm rocket you will find. Just stick to the recommended motors.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5

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Comments:

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T.H. (January 23, 2010)
I built this as a fun rocket. 90% Harpoon is cool, but a lot of work to fly. I fly all altimeter, dual deploy rockets, so there is all quite a bit of "work" at launches. This thing is a blast, load motor, press button, a lot of smoke and fire, a lot of "cool" and "wow" comments, short walk to recover, clean motor, reload, and repeat. Art has a cool looking "rocket" here, that flies great, comes with everything needed, and answers any questions you might have. This is a winner! Easy build. Did I mention FUN?

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