Scott Fisher sold me a bunch of these kits for use in a rocketry class taught at the University of Utah Museum of Natural Sciences in the fall of 2006.
Photo Courtesy of Binder Design
The experience with the Gangsta kit was excellent. A dozen 4th and 5th graders put these kits together on a Saturday morning, requiring about 3 hours of class time. The kits were constructed with wood glue only. Most of the kids had some limited model building experience but had never assembled a rocket on their own. They built the kits and we did swing tests to establish the CG and CP. We planned to launch them on F and G single use motors.
They took their rockets home and painted them and then came out to a UROC sport launch one week later on a beautiful sunny November day just before Thanksgiving.
Construction Rating: 5 out of 5
Flight and Recovery:
All but one kid was able to make it to the launch with their parents. We had a dedicated launch pad and we helped them to decide on the motor, purchase it from Rocket Dog Hobby (on site UROC vendor), and prep their rockets. There was a sometimes stiff 5-10 mph breeze with periods of calm. All kids launched either 2 or 3 times with single use Aerotech F and G motors. The Gangsta really moves out on all of these motors. The boost from the G80 really sent it out of sight. All rockets were recovered from every flight in perfect condition. The wood glue held up beautifully. Epoxy is not needed in the construction of this kit.
Flight Rating: 5 out of 5
This was a really great kit to use in a class setting. The kids were drawn to the cool design and a short rocket is easy for them to deal with and transport. The rocket is very rugged and the kids loved using an F or G motor as their introduction to model rocketry.
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5