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"What else am I going to do with all this trivia stored up in my head?!" -- Mark Evanier, biographer of "Jack Kirby, the King of Comics" circa 1996

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2016-01-07

Estes Long Tom (Kit)

Review

Hi guys! This is a standard, two-stage kit with balsa fins, cardboard tubes and clear directions and packaging. I bought an Estes "Long Tom" two-stage rocket kit many months ago during a sale, and have just set down over Thanksgiving to build it. It went very well, but I have a few pointers that I ... [More]

2014-03-15

Alien Invader by Estes

Flight

To my surprise, I had forgotten to tie a new chute into the nosecone, causing a salvage of another rocket's 8" chute. This worked in my favor, as the hang time wasn't as long, and the stiff breeze continued to drag the downed rocket along the ground a bit. Overall, a good flight, and I'll be sure ... [More]

Hyper Bat by Estes

Flight

Went for broke on a two stage with a C-engine up top. Very pleased, but a LONG walk two fields down wind to recover. All went well with the launch. - C6-3 - Bob Evans Farm, Rio Grande, OH [More]

Hyper Bat by Estes

Flight

Used booster 6-0 as recommended - B4-4 - Bob Evans Farm, Rio Grande, OH [More]

Hyper Bat by Estes

Flight

Launched this single stage the first time, with the lowest value engine recommended. Pleased, but not as high as I would have liked. All seemed fine with the flight, so we proceded to a two stage the next time around. - A8-3 - Bob Evans Farm, Rio Grande, OH [More]

Baby Bertha

Flight

Quite pleased with this simple little rocket. May not have used enough recovery wadding, as the plastic 12 inch chute was a little singed in spots, but functional. Will attempt a nylon chute next time. - B6-4 - Bob Evans Farm, Rio Grande, OH [More]

Baby Bertha

Flight

Good flight! Simple to load the rocket, but requires a bit more recovery wadding than more narrow tubes. Both flights arced to the east, into the wind, but deployed the chute well. Very pleased with this little kit! - A8-3 - Bob Evans Farm, Rio Grande, OH [More]

2013-11-11

FireHawk by Estes

Flight

Repacked the chute more carefully along with a single sheet of recovery wadding. The nose cone was barely staying on, it was spongy underneath with the shock cord coiled inside. Switched to the recommended A3-4 and the mini-motor took it almost out of my sight. Ejection charge worked fine, with ... [More]

FireHawk by Estes

Flight

Though the ejection charge blew, the rocket wasn't high enough to unfurl the chute, and it acted as more of a streamer coming right down again. A disappointing flight, but then I'm using up an under power engine. Repacked the chute after untangling, and tried again with an A3-4 for great success! ... [More]

FireHawk by Estes

Flight

Though the ejection charge blew, the rocket wasn't high enough to unfurl the chute, and it acted as more of a streamer coming right down again. A disappointing flight, but then I'm using up an under power engine. Repacked the chute after untangling, and tried again with an A3-4 for great success! ... [More]

2013-11-09

IRIS by Semroc

Flight

Last flight of the day, broke out a pack of A8-3 that I had to accomplish a single flight and confirm IRIS was still viable. Used the recovery sheets and parachute deploy. Got a nice video of it from a friend, posted on the facebook club page as well. Short flight, by comparison to the B6 motors! ... [More]

2012-01-30

First time kit gives good experience! (Kit)

Review

Brief This is a Skill Level One rocket with balsa wood fins, a single body tube, and a plastic nose cone. Components The parachute is a 12-inch plastic ‘chute with an elastic shock cord. The fins are die-cut and were almost ready to fall out, cleanly cut and clear. There is also a ... [More]

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