FlisKits - A.C.M.E. Spitfire {Kit} (SP007)

Contributed by Bill Ralston

Construction Rating: starstarstarstarstar
Flight Rating: starstarstarstarstar
Overall Rating: starstarstarstarstar
Diameter: 2.22 inches
Length: 18.10 inches
Manufacturer: FlisKits
Skill Level: 3
Style: Odd-Roc, Sport

Brief:
This is one bizarre rocket that looks like it should not fly.

Construction:
The rocket is made from a BT-50 inside pieces of BT-70 with 6 centering rings, balsa nose cone, and 4 fins (all are a different shape) mounted to a paper transition piece.

The instructions were very precise and easy to follow with lots of useful illustrations.

It is my opinion that the difficulty level should be raised to a 4 from a three as getting the centering rings into the proper positions was very challenging and proved to be a patience tester.

Finishing:
Let your imagination be your guide when it's time to decorate this rocket. Mine is decorated to look like tin cans duct taped together complete with a Hormel chili label on one section.

Construction Rating: 5 out of 5

Flight:
After a conservative estimate of 50 flights, it is one of my favorite pieces in my fleet. The one word of caution I would offer when it comes to flight is to only use the 3/16" rod that is recommended as a 1/8" rod is not strong enough to give the rocket proper support.

It is very susceptible to weathercocking and I lost mine to a tree for a week long rain storm, and after a thorough drying, it flew just as well as before.

I like to use the D12-5 in it as I have found the extra delay time allows it to deploy the chute just after apogee. However, if the motor is mislabeled and a 7 second delay occurs, it will eject at about a foot from impact and will cause internal damage. I have never flown it on a C11 motor.

Recovery:
When launched off of a proper rod with a D12-5 motor it will most always be a short recovery as it weathercocks and then drifts back near the launch rod. I used it in the club spot landing contest.

Flight Rating: 5 out of 5

Summary:
The attention this thing gets just setting on the table waiting to fly is well worth the build. Everyone will be amazed that it really does fly straight. After it pranged due to a slow ejection charge, the comments were "How would you know if it was damaged? It's already bent!"

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5

Flights

Comments:

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J.F. (August 22, 2003)
The ACME Spitfire is a HIT! We hear what folks are saying about the potentially weak fins and are going to be correcting that. We are also going to "bleed" out the skins artwork to prevent fit problems. This kit has raised eyebrows around the world and is sure to be a hit at any launch! Thank all of you for your support of our products and company! jim

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