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Published: 2010-02-16
Diameter: 0.54 inches
Manufacturer: Estes
Skill Level: 1
Style: Sport

Estes MosquitoBrief:
An Estes classic, this tiny rocket that has been bought, built, and sacrificed t' t' rocketry Gods by many.

Construction:
My mosquito be t' one with t' balsa nose cone, me bucko, I believe that t' later one was a plastic nose cone.

T' kit comes in a clear bag with t' usual art card and instructions.

Components consist of:

  • 2 inch o' Bt20
  • Balsa nose cone
  • Launch lug
  • Strip o' balsa 0.5 inches wide
  • Insructions.

T' rocket is a very fast build, shiver me timbers, me hearties, shiver me timbers, but is a tad harder than t' level one kits you get today.

T' fins need t' be cut out from t' balsa strip, arrr, ya bilge rat, a template is provided. Begad! Blimey! T' fins where then sanded and had t' leadin' edges rounded.

As everythin' is so small, ya bilge rat, you need t' take your time in settin' t' fins.

I used t' fin markin' guide and a door frame t' mark t' body tube, me hearties, and then tacked on t' fins usin' CA gel, which sets hard in seconds. T' fins were then given three fillets o' wood glue.

 

T' nose cone be then white glued into place and t' lug glued into t' join on t' bodt tube and one o' t' fins.

T' entire rocket be then coated twice in sandin' sealer and sanded down smooth.

Finishing:
T' mosquito was given two coats o' primer, me hearties, sanded, and then given two coats o' yellow spray enamel.

If thar be any hope o' seein' this rocket again, it has t' be painted brightly, or coated in mylar reflective tape.

No decals are provided with this version o' t' mosquito, although one version did come with a minibrute decal. Blimey! As I liked t' decal, I was lucky as Excelsoirrocketry has some decals. As this mosquito was t' first o' several upscales I am doin' for me winter project, Excelsoirrocketry were kind enough t' reproduce t' decal in various sizes.

Even with t' heavy paint job, me rocket came in at an empty mass o' 0.09oz, ya bilge rat, just under t' 0.1oz on t' kit.

Construction Rating: 3 out o' 5

Flight:
Check out t' flight logs below.

You are lucky t' get this thin' back, arrr, and if you fly on a field that is anythin' but bowlin' green flat it could land 5 meters away and be hid from you.

For t' best chance o' recovery, ya bilge rat, me hearties, fly on 1/4 A or use an adaptor for a MMX motor.

Recovery:
Uses tumble recovery. Well, blow me down! But you'll be lucky t' see in in t' recovery phase.

Flight Rating: 3 out o' 5

Summary:
I like this rocket, me hearties, and I hate it. Ahoy! It is a rocket that lots o' us have had in t' past, and many companies have mimicked its design. Blimey! There are lots o' upscales o' t' mosquito around.

Main pro's are that it's cheap, me bucko, matey, although it costs £6 in t' UK, and it's cute, me two years old daughter loves it and I have now got t' clone one for her, so I can have mine back.

Main con is that you will lose it.

Overall Rating: 3 out o' 5

Other:
T' SpaceCAD file I made (version3) does nay allow for t' curved ends o' t' fins, and t' rocket is unstable accordin' t' t' software, ya bilge rat, where t' Mosquito is anythin' but.

Flights

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Josh Bywater (October 13, 2013)

where did you get fin marking template

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