Code Red has a cardboard airframe with molded motor mount which uses a locking ring to secure the motor. Also molded onto the motor mount are four plastic fins.
This was a ready to fly rocket so no construction was required except attaching the parachute which was pretty simple.
Many have said the nose cone was too loose and Estes seem to have cottoned onto this as my nose cone already had tape round it.
This rocket required no finishing
Construction Rating: 5 out of 5
I have flown this rocket 5 times now motors ranging from B4-4 to C6-5.
On it's first flight, it weather cocked slightly and then drifted a bit on the descent. I believe it caught a small rock on landing as there was a stress fracture at the root of one of the fins. After this flight I added fillets of plastic glue along the damaged fin.
On another flight with a C6-5 the parachute tangled very badly and it fell from the sky hitting the ground hard, but it sustained no damage.
Following this flight I decided that I would fillet all of the fins just to add more strength, not that it needs it.
I feel that the recovery is very good but it is slightly prone to drifting.
Flight Rating: 4 out of 5
I feel that this is a great rocket for beginners and offers an excellent introduction to rocketry since it is sold in a starter set.
This can also be a valuable member of a rocketeer's fleet as it won't let you down easily, it can also be good for testing the amount of wind in the air.
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5