This was my second time building this kit in my lifetime. I built the same model when I was 13 when the Estes kit was made with a balsa nose cone and boat tail. After my BAR renaissance, I built this kit again two years ago at age 47. Recalling my first version, I painted it in the traditional black and white Peenemuende roll pattern and flew it on a C motor. The current Estes version has a 24 MM motor mount with plastic nose cone and boat tail. As I recall, most of the internal parts where similar between the two kits; most being made of cardboard. Not being satisfied with the status quo of a stock Estes kit, I made the following modifications:
Construction Rating: 3 out of 5
Used ragged camo motif found at the V2/A4 Resource site. Used all Estes decals provided.
This is one of my most versatile fliers. I fly this rocket on Aerotech RMS E-11s, E-18s, E-28s, F12s, F24s, and F39s. The photo in this article is a flight on a very calm day with an F12 I use an 8" Nomex ’chute protector.
In general, this is a great flier. The Nazis did a great job of designing this rocket. Need to pay attention to CP/CG relationship when using larger motors.
As mentioned, I upgraded all recovery components. Estes’ are just too wimpy. I have had several recover mishaps due to ’chute tangles or not deploying at all. This is attributed to the tight fit of a 24" nylon ’chute in a small compartment. Not much room is left in the body tube between the centering ring and the NC shoulder. I have compensated for this by adding a little more FFFG powder to the ejection charge. I also added another inch to the body tube on the last repair work done.
Flight Rating: 4 out of 5
Everything considered, it’s a good place to start, but highly recommend upgrading the recovery components at least. To have some real fun, consider the upgrades that I performed. I have flown this rocket over 30 times and repaired it many times as well. The ragged camo finish is hand painted with hobby shop grade oil-based paint. Even with major repair such as broken fins and punctured nose cone, hand painting the camo pattern over repair work just blends right in.
Overall Rating: 3 out of 5
Good, this is basically average . . . it get’s by (Stock kit). The Nazi rocket scientists get a “5” for an awesome rocket design.
I liked the decals that Estes provides with this kit. Overall, model looks very authentic and is a blast to fly.