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2008-11-05

Madcow Rocketry Cowabunga (Kit)

Review

Brief: This is a nice entry level mid/high power kit. Large tube, lots of room for recovery gear, simple build, and a great flier. Construction: The main components consist of high quality parts and is a very complete kit! 4" nose cone 4" body tube 3 ... [More]

2008-09-01

Scratch Hawkeye (BT-50) (Scratch)

Review

( Contributed - by Geoffrey Kerbel - 09/01/08) Brief: This Hawkeye is a 1.79x upscale of the Estes original which was based on a BT-5 tube. It is a single stage larger version of the "mini" rocket that used a 13mm engine. Due to the size, a parachute is used for recovery. ... [More]

2008-04-12

Estes- Trident

Flight

Good straight boost even in the wind. Good drift but damage free landing. Long walk. - C6-3 - SSS [More]

2008-03-10

Excelsior Rocketry Honest Goon (Plan) (Kit)

Review

Brief: The Honest Goon is another great idea from Fred at Excelsior rockets. It is a modest downscale of the larger kits that are out there and comes with an outstanding set of decals. Remember though, they are GOONY! If you have never done an Excelsior goony, you really need to get ... [More]

2008-01-12

Kerbco Rockets- Global Flyer II

Flight

Nice small motor flight. Straight boost with ejection just slightly past apogee. No shock cord snag this time and nice full chute. Damage free landing not 200' away from pad. - G80-4 - SSS [More]

Estes-Maxi Alpha

Flight

First flight with new type of baffle. Everything worked perfect! NO wadding needed at all. Real nice flight! - D12-5 - SSS [More]

2007-11-23

Estes Skywinder

Flight

This seems to be the best engine for this rocket. Good height but not enough to overfly a small park and ejection right at the top. - C6-3 - SSS [More]

Estes- Trident

Flight

Still a great flight on a B. Just right for this small park.Sure draws a crowd to see it. - B6-4 - SSS [More]

2007-10-28

Scratch 2.5x upscale Nike X

Flight

Ejection was late enough to pull locator ring apart and snag chute line. Came down mostly horizontal with chute streaming. Landed with no damage. WHEW!! - I211-M - SSS [More]

2007-08-11

Estes Mars Lander

Flight

Nice straight up flight with good chute. Damage free landing on its legs again! Great flight. - C5-3 - SSS [More]

Estes Andromeda

Flight

Good flight but chute took a long time to open. Rocket came tumbling down until it did and it landed just fine. Whew. - C6-3 - SSS [More]

Ugly Wart

Flight

Push button, blink, you missed it!! Nice flight but slight angle out at launch. Good chute but very long walk (1/4m). Great, late in the morning, tired, hot, just what I needed for the last $#%^&^% flight!! - G64-10 [More]

Ugly Wart

Flight

Nice smokey launch. Straight up and good chute. Short walk, no damage. Love those Black Jack motors! - G33-M [More]

2007-04-30

Excelsior Rocketry Honest Goon (Plan) (Kit)

Review

Brief: The HONEST GOON is another Goony retro-bash decal/plan set that is available from Excelsior Rocketry. This is not a kit but rather a set of instructions, fin patterns, and most importantly decals to kit bash an Estes Baby Bertha (plus a few extra parts) into some rocketry fun. If ... [More]

2006-12-12

Aerotech 29mm RMS Motor (Kit)

Review

(by Geoffrey Kerbel - 12/12/06) Brief: The AeroTech 29MM RMS is a reloadable motor casing for mid-power flights with "E" through "G" power reloads. This is a system that allows the flier to put their own motors together with the power requirements to suit their rockets ... [More]

2006-12-10

Plastic Kit Convair ISX-SSC (Kit)

Review

(by Geoffrey Kerbel - 12/10/06) Brief: This is a plastic model conversion of the Revell Authentic Kit of the Convair ISX-SSC model. This was an eBay buy from earlier in the year and is the 1996 issue of the kit. This comes up on eBay quite often and can usually be won for a small, ... [More]

Quest Nike-K (Kit)

Review

Brief: This is a skill level 2 kit from Quest with pseudo-military looks using the Nike name and lower fin shape. It is a single stage rocket with mid-body separation. The upper section could be used for payload. Construction: The basic components consist of the following: Main ... [More]

2006-09-24

Scratch Federated Transport and Delivery (Scratch)

Review

( Design this Spaceship Submission - by Geoffrey Kerbel - 09/24/06) Federated Transport and Delivery Click on ANY picture to enlarge! This rocket was conceived from a picture that was part of a contest that Nick of EMRR came up with in mid 2006. There was a group of six pictures ... [More]

2006-07-02

Estes Cediming Raider (Kit)

Review

(by Geoffrey Kerbel - 07/02/06) Brief: "After numerous suspicious reports from the outer Alpha quadrant, we can now positively state that the Cediming have been using a new style Raider in their attacks at the Outer Rim Space Yard. There have been additional reports of attacks ... [More]

2005-11-25

Scratch Upscale Blue Bird Zero (Scratch)

Review

( Contributed - by Geoffrey Kerbel - 11/25/05) Brief: This Blue Bird Zero is a 125% upscale of the original which makes the main body tube a BT-60. I have wanted this rocket since I became a BAR but the Ebay prices were too high. I then found Fred at Excelsior and while ordering s ... [More]

2005-11-23

Scratch Der Mega Red Max (Scratch)

Review

( Contributed - by Geoffrey Kerbel - 11/23/05) Brief: Der Mega Max is a BT-80 upscale (158%) of the big Red Max. It is my flying test bed for my new interchangeable motor mount system for BT-80 tube rockets. This will allow single engine or cluster flights with the same rocket. With ... [More]

Scratch Monolith (Scratch)

Review

(by Geoffrey Kerbel - 11/23/05) Brief: The Monolith is a single stage, mini motor all paper rocket.The Monolith started out as one of those "lets see if this works" projects. After many starts and stops, I was about to give up on the project when I found out about the EMRR ... [More]

2005-09-18

Quest Nike-K (Kit)

Review

Brief: This is a very easy to build "quick kit" that lives up to the promise of ready to launch in 15-45 minutes. It's a decent looking design with fin can and transition to a payload bay and even comes with a plastic display stand. This particular kit was given to me as a prize ... [More]

2005-08-28

Quest Flics (Kit)

Review

Brief: I just want everyone to know that the only reason I am doing this review is not because I am desperate to get one in or because I need the points for the on going contest! Maybe! It just so happens that I received this kit with a Quest QEZ at the same time. These were graciously ... [More]

2005-07-10

Scratch This End Up (Scratch)

Review

(by Geoffrey Kerbel - 07/10/05) Brief: This End Up turned out to be a fairly high performance 24mm bird. With an Estes E9-6 engine, it has gone out of sight on the two launches with this engine. Rocksim shows 1600' or more at my Phoenix, AZ launch site on a 90 degree day with ~10% ... [More]

2005-06-03

Quest Nike-K (Kit)

Review

Brief: The Nike-K is a sport scale rocket based on the Nike booster. This is a review of the older, out-of-production version that uses the one piece fin can. Construction/Finishing: The Nike-K was packaged in the usual clear plastic bag with a full color picture of the completed ... [More]

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Quest Nike-K (Kit)

Review

Construction: My Nike-K is actually very old, having been built in 1992, but I feel this reflects the the overall quality of the design. I have bought a new kit to compare the two, and it is pretty much identical to the early one. Quest packages their parts separately so it is easy to find ... [More]

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