single stage, 24in. parachute, 24mm motor mount, 3/16 launch lug
This is a standard Estes kit. It utilizes TTT (through the tube) fin mounting for the four balsa fins. One three inch paper tube is the body tube with a 24mm paper tube for the motor mount. The nosecone is a large plastic one with the standard Estes shock cord attachment loop. Two cardstock centering rings are included. The shock cord is a length of quarter inch elastic about 24 inches long.
This kit is extremely easy to build. The precut slots in the body tube were not the same size as the tabs on the fins, to get them to fit together, I sanded the tabs a little shorter. The rest of the rocket went together fairly easily. The instructions were typical Estes style. A fin alignment template and tube marker were included. This kit is sturdy as it is, for higher power flights reinforcement may be needed. The only tools needed are a hobby knife, pencil, sandpaper, and glue.
Finishing was straightforward. The instructions tell what colors to put where. The decals gave me a little trouble, the little ones on the tips of the fins were a little hard to get in the right spot. I suggest using soapy water when positioning them. It looks great when painted any way.
Construction Rating: 4 out of 5
I used the recommended D12-5's on its first flights. Preparation was very easy. It requires wadding and when you think you have enough, add a little more. The shock cord was burned badly after two flights. Motor retention is via the usual Estes hook. It is a great flyer, low and straight, but a fast leap off the pad.
The shock cord is too short. The fins are very soft balsa that dented easily on landing. The shock cord burned after only two flights. The shoulder of the nose cone needs to be cleaned after every flight due to ejection gasses. Recovery was perfect both times, only a few feet from the pad. The descent could have been a little slower but it works great.
Flight Rating: 4 out of 5
This is a great kit. It is easily built in about an hour. It flies great also. The only downside is the shock cord, it is too short. I recommend it to anyone that wants a good flying and easy to build rocket.
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5
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