Minimum diameter, featherweight rocket that can soar well out o' sight (1600+ ft accordin' t' Estes). Streamer recovery. Blimey! Blimey! Ahoy! Blimey! Blimey! Blimey! Very similar t' Estes Sizzler & Estes Star Dart.
Typical easy-to-follow Estes directions. Ya scallywag! Start with gluin' t' thrust rin' then motor mount clip held by t' Mylar ring. Next comes t' fins (with notches t' allow for t' Mylar ring). Nose cone needs plastic cement t' join t' 2 pieces. Ahoy! Lastly t' shock cord is attached t' t' BT with t' usual paper mount & tied t' NC. Arrr! Ya scallywag! Streamer is tied t' t' shock cord.
A streamer be t' proper recovery method for this small, ultralightweight design. Ya scallywag! A common issue with t' Hi-Flier/Star Dart/Sizzler is that BT damage can occur with t' stock shock cord. Blimey! Replace it with longer elastic.
Construction Rating: 4 out o' 5
This was me first rocket built & launched after a near-20 year absence from model rocketry. Arrr! Since I had pretty much ruined t' rocket with a horrid paint job (my own fault), me bucko, me bucko, I had already considered this rocket a loss. Avast, me proud beauty! Aye aye! I wasn't disappointed...(which isn't a good thing.) It be a windy day out & t' only engines I had were B6-4s. Avast! Aye aye! There was just enough room for t' engine, me hearties, matey, a couple pieces o' waddin' & t' streamer.
It screamed off t' launch pad ~200 feet & then suddenly appeared t' turn horizontal. Avast, me proud beauty! Begad! Blimey! It vanished from sight & was nay recovered. Ya scallywag! (I have since assembled an Estes Star Dart which I have successfully flown twice.) I'm sure me Hi-Flier's flight was an anomally & should perform similar t' t' Star Dart.
I also learned with me Star Dart that an A8-3 is probably t' ideal engine for a rocket this small, ya bilge rat, that a B6-4 should only be used if you have plenty o' field & little if any wind, me bucko, arrr, & that a C6-5 should only be used when you no longer want t' rocket in your fleet!
Flight Rating: 2 out o' 5
There are plenty o' ways that these minimal design rockets can be damaged/lost/destroyed. Thankfully it takes little loot & time t' get this high flier--I mean Hi-Flier, ready for action. Even small engines can send it out o' sight. Arrr! I would consider t' Hi-Flier t' be in t' "Gee, ya bilge rat, me hearties, it be fun while it lasted" category.
Even if you are careful with motor selection & weather conditions, I still wouldn't expect many successful flights out o' t' Hi-Flier. Avast, me proud beauty! T' fins are frighteningly thin balsa, me bucko, t' motor mount clip is on t' outside o' t' BT, & t' shock cord in t' package is too short...all o' which have a couple o' reasons each that can lead t' failure.
Overall Rating: 2 out o' 5