Estes - Naboo Royal Starship {Kit}

Contributed by John Lee

Construction Rating: starstarstarstar_borderstar_border
Flight Rating: starstar_borderstar_borderstar_borderstar_border
Overall Rating: starstarstar_borderstar_borderstar_border
Manufacturer: Estes

An all plastic ready to fly rocket from the Star wars episode 1 range. There is a smaller version available as well. I got this in a job lot from a Star Wars fan and he had never flown it

Its ready to fly. With the except on two detachable jets at the back, four clear plastic fins, and a Star Wars stand, you only need to open the box, glue the fins on, and you are finished.

The model is a grey plastic colour. There are no decals or finishing needed.

Construction Rating: 3 out of 5

Before flying, I had my doubts mainly because the nose cone seems to be very light, given the mass of plastic at the rear end. Nevertheless, it was prepped with a C6-3 and off to the field I went. The rear jet pieces have to be removed before flight.

The rocket left the pad with a decent kick, however, anything below a C motor and it would struggle. At about 30 feet up it went very unstable, flipping around the sky. Ejection occurred with the nose cone firmly in the ground.

Estes still continues to use the elastic shock cord and plastic bin bag chutes. As I had a lawn dart, I cannot comment on the recovery section.

Flight Rating: 1 out of 5

What a terrible kit. As there is nothing to build, I can solely blame Estes for a shoddy design. I might add some nose mass to the rocket in the future, but I'm not wasting another motor on this flawed rocket

Overall Rating: 2 out of 5

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