I recently bought a Estes Viking. The Viking is an Estes Beta (Beginner) series rocket.
This kit was packaged in plastic with a cardboard picture of the rocket. The price was very right, $6.95. All the parts were included and none were damaged. The instructions were typical Estes. The instructions were typical Estes. The special feature of this rocket is that there are 48 possible fin configurations. The kit contains a plastic nose cone, body section, streamer, die-cut card fins and a motor retention ring..
The rocket is a little over 12 inches in length. Maximum C engine power.
An experienced modeler will have no problem at all with this kit. The only variable is how many fins and what configuration. I went with the design on the package since I've never built a five fin rocket.
I rate construction of this rocket a 4, no major design deficiencies or obstacles.
I primed the rocket and painted it just like the package. I love this little rocket because it is the best paint and decal job I've ever done. It looks exactly like the package.
My first Viking launch was at my club, SPAAR NAR Section 503. I used an A8-3 because I didn't want to lose it. I used an A8-3 because I didn't want to lose it. Perfect flight and recovery. Later on a B6-4 Later on a B6-4 I lost it in the clouds but it was recovered. This thing would scream on a C. This thing would scream on a C. This is one of my favorite rockets, very reliable.
I rate flight a 5. Sometimes I like them out-of-sight!!
Overall I rate this kit a 5.