Construction: Rating: 4 out of 5 points
This is a great 1st D engine kit. It's over 6 feet tall. The overall construction was a snap. This kit was pretty simple to build. Just take your time when gluing the coupler and body tubes together. THEY HAVE TO BE ALIGNED PERFECTLY! The couplers were EXTREMELY hard to fit in the body tubes, and because of this my tubes are kind of bent. If you take your time on the fins, the flight will be perfect. I've had 3 nice landings with no damage. I used white glue and they're fine. The decals are pretty boring. The rocket is supposed to be painted plain black, but the sun can warp the tubes because of the black. So paint it something lighter.
FLIGHT: Rating: 5 out of 5 points
GREAT flyer if you take your time. I recommend a D12-5, but a D12-3 is pretty good too. The huge thing went straight up about 800-850 feet. 24" parachute works great. If the shroud lines don't get tangled, you get a nice soft landing. Medium lift-off, but slow recovery. No damage whatsoever. This is a real crowd pleaser if the crowd hasn't seen a lot of rockets. Most people who are new to rocketry will think you're gonna put it in orbit because of its height.
4 out of 5 points
Good price, with many flights ahead of you. Just don't rush it. I'm thinking about doing a 2 stager on this guy. That'll be fun! Buy this rocket!
Brief: This is a tallllll single stage, 24mm rocket with a 24 inch parachute. There are four (4) body tubes, a standard 24mm motor mount, four (4) balsa fins and a plastic nose-cone. I deviated from the standard paper shock cord mount. I bought this kit and let it sit in a closet for about 4 years. Went to my first HPR launch and got the bug again. The instructions were simple, but I ...
This is a classic Estes kit that has been in production for quite some time. It is a single staged rocket with a large length to width ratio and the launches are impressive for a low power kit. The long airframe is built by coupling four standard BT-60 body tubes. The kit comes with four die-cut balsa fins and two cardboard centering rings. Recovery is done with a 3/16" shock cord nearly 3 ...
(by Jordan Hiller) The most attractive thing about the Estes Mean Machine is its size. While it's only a BT-55 body tube, the rocket is about 6 ½ feet long! Building is quite simple, since this is just a very long 3FNC model. The instructions are straightforward, and the only tools you really need are the ones you need for every other rocket (sandpaper, hobby knife, glue, etc.) ...
( Contributed - by Jim Zamecnik) Brief: Modified for use with the PerfectFlite microAlt 4600 dual deployment altimeter. Added a 6" long altimeter bay and a 12" long forward main chute bay to the lower half of the Mean Machine. (new section made from recycled tubes and couplers from a SuperNova Payloader) Modifications: The lower half is a stock Mean Machine (a bit shorter due ...