Lastest Rocketry Product Reviews

2022-04-25 - Launchpad Rockets Ready to Launch Kit
Kit Review by Caleb Scott

We used Launchpad Rocket's custom designer to create our own model rocket, it came in the mail two days later and the build quality of it was amazing. We were able to customize the design and engraved it with what we named the rocket, Slicer. It's a little hard to find on google  launchpadrockets.com

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2022-02-01 - The Launch Pad Anubis
Clone Review by Bill Eichelberger

With The launch Pad possibly in permanent hiatus, I had no way of satisfying my craving for cool scale-like kits.  Bummer, but since the website and all the face cards from the kits were still online, I decided to try building something using just the dimensions and kit pics, and settled on the Anubis as my first project.  It wasn't until midway through the build that I deciphered the code and realized that "Launch Pad original" meant "something we made up".  Still, this was a ...

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2021-10-28 - Rocket Development Corporation V-Max Clone
Clone Review by Bill Eichelberger

I spent many years working third shift, which occasionally allowed me to cash in on some really cool late night "Buy It Now" deals on eBay.  In this case it was a used nose cone lot, the star of which was an RDC-625 nose cone, or a reasonable facsimile thereof.  Once in hand the decision about what to build around it came down to the V-Max or the Cardinal.  Something about the V-Max spoke to me, so the Cardinal will have to wait until another RDC-625 pops up on late-night eBay.

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2021-10-27 - More Rockets Andromeda
Kit Review by John Eric Thompson

The MoreRockets.com products are great reproductions of some classic model rockets that I enjoy building.  They bring back great memories of when I was first introduced to the Hobby of Model rocketry in 1976 at a Cub Scouts Space-O-Rama event at the Johnson Space Center in Clearlake Texas. The first kit that was the USS Andromeda, the Alien Explorer,  the Super Colonial Viper and the Mach 10 boost glider kit. from MoreRockets.com.       They are ...

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2021-10-10 - FlisKits Tres 24mm x3 custer
Kit Review by John Eric Thompson

I enjoyed building and launching the 18mm version of the Tres, I just had to get the bigger 24 mm version as well.  

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2021-09-30 - MRC Firefighter
Kit Review by Bill Eichelberger

Back in the early days of my BAR-dom, I discovered the wonders of Ebay, which allowed me to pick up two MRC kits, the Firefighter and XR-20, on the cheap one night.  I was pretty pumped at getting two OOP kits for the price, but when they arrived, the bulk of my enthusiasm disappeared quickly.  The XR-20 had body tubes that felt like they were made out of typing paper and stick on decals that might as well have been.  The needle didn't move on either bird for more than ten ...

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2021-09-23 - Logix Explorer
Kit Review by Bill Eichelberger

Back in 1977, one of the Christmas gifts that I most looked forward to opening was the Science Fair SFX-4000 Aeronautical Lab Kit from Radio Shack.  I'd been flying for all of six months at the time and the idea of digging deeper into the science of aeronautics was oddly appealing to a kid who dreaded the idea of a science fair when he was in grade school.  Understandably the rockets were the stars of the show in my estimation, but the fact that it also came with a balsa airplane ...

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2021-09-20 - Semroc Saki
Kit Review by Bill Eichelberger

At first glance the Semroc Saki appears to be an Estes Goonybird Cloud Hopper with different paint and decals, but comparing the two side by side tells a different story.  They share the same basic shape, but little else, as the Saki is not only larger than the BT-60 Estes bird, but also 18mm powered compared to the mini-engine Goony.  According to Estes Industries legend, the Saki is actually closer to the prototype of what the Goony fleet was supposed to look like, but in the ...

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2021-09-17 - Estes Mega Mini Max
Modification Review by Bill Eichelberger

Just your basic plain Jane Estes Mini Max with some added nose weight and 24mm power.

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2021-07-09 - Pitsco Synergy
Kit Review by Bill Eichelberger

Everyone has seen this kit at one time or another, and maybe even considered buying one.  I actually pulled the trigger.  Pitsco is an educational supplier that produces two different solid fuel rocket kits, this one, and another that is a more complicated build that involves making your own body tube.  What I got was an unimpressive collection of pieces that produced a rocket that was something like an Estes Mini Bertha.  What I wound up with was a credible rocket ...

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