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 emailing Andy at Deepsky Rocket Shop until he stocked them!
As with all FlisKits, everything was great quality. Lots of balsa sheet and a lovely balsa nosecone too. The centering rings were laser cut which is a great improvement over the balsa rings the early kits had.
The kit contained a lot of printed material, the sheet about clustering was a nice touch as it showed FlisKits were definitely thinking of their customers who had never clustered before (like me)!
There doesn't seem much use in me going through all the construction details again as other reviewers have done that very well, but I found the Deuce went together really well. The hardest part was cutting the gap in the main tube for the motor tubes to stick out of, however, with a bit of care this shouldn't be beyond any rocketeer.
The only area on the Deuce that needs special finishing attention is the holes cut out for the motor tubes. If they're not dealt with correctly, there'll be an unsightly seam.
I will admit I had a slight problem working out how to paint the Deuce, as the cover card shows the diagonal band of blue/yellow but I couldn't work out how it should look round the back. A quick post to The Rocketry Forum sorted that out. The photos in Carl's review show how it should look.
Construction Rating: 5 out of 5
I had fantastic weather for my first ever cluster flight. I don't have the paperwork needed in the UK for AP motors so clustering is something I'm looking to do much more of. For that reason, my first cluster flight was notable step. I prepped the Deuce with two B6-4s and hooked her up to my cluster launcher. The Deuce rose nicely of the pad as I tried to get a good look at the dual smoke trails. Lovely!
The Deuce's Wild! recovers on a plastic parachute which is the only thing this kit can really be faulted on. However, for the price it would be unreasonable to ask for anything else and the one supplied did bring my model down safely which is all that really matters.
Flight Rating: 5 out of 5
The Deuce is a great kit, innovative, stylish, sleek, eye-catching and with dual smoke trails what more could you want? Three would be better I guess so I'd better get the Tres next!
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" ...
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, ...
(by Jason Toft - 04/15/03) Brief: An awesome little rocket with dual canted motor mounts. Just BEGGING to be upscaled Construction: 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 ...
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 ...