The following excerpt is from "Sport Rocketry". The intention is to allow guests to get a basic feeling about a kit. We strongly suggest that you get a copy of the referenced Sport Rocketry and read the entire article. Inside you will find many helpful hints in construction as well as other useful information. For more information, use the two links above.
(Sport Rocketry - Jan/Feb 2004 - by Daniel Miner)
"...is an updated ALmost Ready to Fly (ARF) version of an earlier Estes kit called the Strato Blaster."
"It uses a 2-channel radio...boosts on Estes D11-P and E9-P..."
"Fuselage assembly is straightforward and went smoothly."
"It is important to install the white nylon aileron connectors before you insert the wing into the fuselage."
"The booms did not fix perfectly to the wing..."
"Now you're ready to install the radio. This is one place where I thought the instructions could have been better."
"The servo tray needed to be carefully trimmed to make room for the servos since the rails were too close for Futuba S133 or HiTech HS-81 servos."
"...the kit has a critical flaw. The elevator pushrod tends to flex near the servo."
"Make sure the radio is completely installed and the aileron throws are adjusted before... [installing engine mount]"
"For your first test glides, I recommend at least 20 or 30 feet of height above soft grass with a smooth gentle breeze."
"...its first two powered flights using D11-P motors."
"...climbed to about 200 feet...I had enough altitude...make a nice landing in the grass."
"...I tried an E9-P motor."
"The flight was much more fun because f the extra altitude gained."
Overall, the article suggests that the author liked the kit, but pointed out that the model will not take a lot of abuse, but will hold up for an experienced pilot. There were also a number of suggested kit improvements.