Custom Rockets - Game Over {Kit} (10042)

Contributed by Mark Bischof

Construction Rating: starstarstarstarstar
Flight Rating: starstarstarstarstar_border
Overall Rating: starstarstarstarstar
Published: 2010-07-04
Diameter: 0.98 inches
Length: 11.75 inches
Manufacturer: Custom Rockets
Skill Level: 1
Style: Sport

Custom - Game OverBrief:
Single stage, LPR, Streamer recovery, high fling all around fun rocket.

Construction:
Parts:

  • 1 body tube - paper
  • 3 fins
  • 2 paper centering rings
  • 1 motor mount and elastic shock cord
  • nosecone

The instructions are easy to follow, basic illustrations, good order, template for fin positioning, which is helpful no issues with sturdiness. The engine mount is very loose and needs to be thickened using masking tape. no special tools except sand paper and sanding sealer.

Finishing:
Easy to paint. Make sure to use sanding sealer to smooth the balsa pressure sensitive decals, easy to place but need to be cut out with a hobby knife. Looks great, but I added a gloss clear coat and waterproofing clear coat for rainy days.

Construction Rating: 5 out of 5

Flight:
All around great flights on C6-7. Out of sight performance, straight as an arrow. normal prep, 4 sheets of wadding, hook engine retention, but the motor fell out every time. High flying, but it was hard to follow, so I used binoculars.

Recovery:
Replaced shock cord because of burning with Kevlar®. It fell straight down on streamer within 200 yards of the launch area

Flight Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:
My favorite part is the rocket screaming off the pad at up too 350 feet/second

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5

Other:
Have a spotter to watch the rocket so you find it with ease.

Flights

Comments:

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S.M. (June 6, 2009)
The last picture shows that the fins are on upside down. (Newbies take note--this is not how you're supposed to do it!) The balsa grain follows the leading edge, not the trailing. In terms of in-flight failure it's probably not important for an 18mm rocket but perhaps this contributed to need for fin repairs on landing mentioned in the review?
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J.O. (June 9, 2009)
S.M. is quite right about the fins. I cut them off and have redone them. Newbies need to pay close attention to the instructions.

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