An awesome little rocket with dual canted motor mounts. Just BEGGING to be upscaled
When I received my Deuce, there was one 17 inch BT-60 tube, a balsa ogive nose, fin stock, motor mount materials, and other miscellaneous materials required for construction. (launch lugs, chute, etc.)
I opened the package and inspected the quality of the materials. Wow, cool! A balsa nose cone! As a rocketeer beginning in the "age of plastic" that was an unexpected surprise! Without repeating what Doug said in the above review, the rocket went together with very few hitches.
I did have a little trouble with the motor mount, so I fired off an e-mail to Jim Flis, owner of Fliskits. He informed me that they had just received a set of laser cut centering rings. Neat! He sent the rings to every rocketeer that had ordered a DW. They made the construction so much easier.
The next step in construction was to put the patterns on the tube. This also involved cutting out the pattern for the motor tubes so they could stick out of the tube. I marked the fins, and the holes for the motor tubes. I then roughly cut the holes. After the motor mount was dry, I inserted it and applied a generous amount of wood glue. I also applied a small mount of glue around the tubes.
After these few steps, I used some of Apogee Components FIXIT epoxy clay around the motor tubes. The clay is so easy to work with, just mix until it is a single solid color, and apply! I rolled it into two snakes and rubbed it in! Dipping my finger into water made it easy to achieve a smooth finish. See picture (above, right).
The large fin pattern was now traced onto the one-eighth inch stock and cut out. Fliskits says that this is supposed to make you think about your rocket, rather than throw it together. I did not round the edges, I didn't feel that this was necessary. The fins attached quickly, and I applied Fill n Finish fillets, and a small fin faring with the FnF. I sealed the fins with one coat of thinned wood glue and two coats of sanding sealer. Finally, I sealed the nose cone with FIVE coats of sealer.
To commemorate the Tampa Bay Buccaneers win of the Super Bowl, I attempted to paint the rocket in their colors. What I ended up with has more of one or the other color. For example, I have too much black, and the red is kind of off. But the rocket look very, very good!!! See the before and after painting pictures.
Construction Rating: 5 out of 5
For the first flight, I used a non-recommended set of two B4-4's. Only one motor lit, causing the rocket to lawndart about two feet from a tree! Whew! The following flight, I used two B6-4's. Both motors lit, producing the AWESOME smoke trails that the rocket is designed to produce!!! I have many great pictures, as you can see. In all, I have flown the rocket five times, with only one motor igniting two times. I recommend using the B6-4, because the high thrust, short burn will get the rocket to enough altitude for the chute to deploy. The C6-5 shouldn't put it too far out of sight, but use a large field when doing this. I used my new digital camera to take all of these pictures.
I used my 16 inch nylon cute in place of the plastic chute supplied with the kit, because I have made friends with nylon!
Flight Rating: 5 out of 5
Mr. Jim Flis and his partner, Brian McCarthy, have produced an excellent product that will be adored by rocketeers forever. The dual smoke trails are awesome, and I am currently working on a 24mm upscale, will provide pics of that and a review soon.
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5
This is a skill level 3, two engine canted cluster rocket. The Duce has one body tube and uses four fins. It comes with a very nice balsa nose cone and two parachutes. The motor mount is unique but goes together easily and works great. Two pre-cut engine mounting rings are included with in the hardware. A BT-60 body tube is supplied in the kit as well as 30" of thin shock cord. The 1/8" ...
The Deuce's Wild! is (in my opinion) one of the most innovative kits available at the moment and will undoubtedly become a classic. It's unique point is the dual smoke trails from the canted motors, a great spectacle that grabs anyone's attention. The moment I saw the Deuce (when FlisKits first opened), I wanted one and soon set about trying to bring them to the UK...this basically involved ...
Brief: Just another quick review of The Rocketry Forum's favorite kit...large fins, 2 canted 18mm motors, 'nuff said! I won't repeat all of this information, I'll just be pointing out what I think are the high points, assuming you have read the other reviews, above. The parts are all of good quality, and the laser cut fiber motor mount components make assembly easy. With a balsa nose cone, ...
Brief: The Deuces Wild is a very unique model rocket from FlisKits, a newer company on the block in the model rocket industry. The Deuce boasts a cluster using dual 'canted' 18mm motors, which gives it a really cool look both on the pad and in the air. The model came in a plastic bag, similar to Estes Rockets, but that is where the similarity ends. Inside the bag was a real balsa nosecone, ...
Dual Canted 18mm motor mounts. Designed to produce two distinctive smoke trails when launched. The Deuce's Wild comes with Estes quality parts. The Body tube is BT-60 sized, and is topped with a nice Balsa nosecone. The kit includes two 18mm motor tubes, and two thrust rings. No motor hooks are provided. Two sheets of balsa is used to cut out the four large fins form the pattern provided. The ...