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Contributed by Brian Ray(Contributed - by Brian Ray - 01/14/09)
This is a two-staged downscale of the venerable Estes classic Der Red Max.
Sustainer Parts List:
Booster Parts List:
The construction of this rocket is very straightforward, just like the original. I did take extra care, however, to ensure that the alignment between the sustainer and booster was sound. Also, I used a PNC-56 nose cone instead of -55 because that was what I happened to have at the time and because in my mind it resembled the original most closely. I had to sand down the NC shoulder a bit in order to make it fit.
I finished the rocket with Wal-Mart spray paints. Using WM gray I primed and sanded several times. The BT was painted with WM red and the fins and NC with WM black (I figured that since rocket was different in other ways I may as well make the fins different too.) I printed the decals on white label paper and applied several coats of WM clear coat.
Flight and Recovery:
This rocket has flown twice, both times with a C6-0 to C6-5 combination, the engines taped together with cellophane tape. Each flight was great and recovery was without damage or incident--although one required quite a walk because of the altitude/drift combination.
I really like this rocket. I have always been a fan of Der Red Max and staging, and this is a fun combination of the two. It is quick and easy to build and it flies like a champion.
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