Lastest Rocketry Product Reviews

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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2021-04-11 - SBR High Powered Model Rockets L3 Fusion
Kit Review by Jason Vennard

This is a 5.5" by 90" cardboard and plywood rocket kit. 3FNC.   It is advertised as a one stop level 3 rocket kit with everything needed included to get your level 3 certification.  Recommended M motors are the M1297, M1315, and M1350DMS.

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2021-04-04 - Estes Xtreme
Kit Review by David S. Kemp

The Estes Xtreme appears to be an elongated clone of the Estes Hi-Filer.  Comparison of the Xtreme vs the Hi-Flier: The body tube (BT) is 12 inches vs 9 inches.   The nose cone (NC) is elongated and comes to a pointy tip vs a shorter ogive style.   Because the Xtreme is longer in both the BT and NC, there is no need to add clay weight to the nose cone.  (Clay weight is used in the Hi-Flier NC) Card stock fins are used instead of balsa. 

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2021-02-13 - Estes Hi-Flier XL
Kit Review by David S. Kemp

The Estes Hi-Flier XL is a an up-scaled version of the Estes Hi-Flier.   It's up-scale is about a factor of 2.6 coming in at 31 inches tall (compared to the 12 inch Hi-Flier)  It has a 24mm motor mount and Estes recommends C11s, D12s, and E12 motors.  

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2020-12-30 - Estes Firestreak SST
Kit Review by John A

Estes Firestreak SST is part of Estes snap together line.  These are simple plastic body, plastic fin and nose cone rockets that are designed to go together in a matter of minutes and get you out on the field flying. Overall it is a pretty nice kit.  I can't leave anything alone so I went ahead and made some tweaks during assembly.  While this kit isn't perfect, it will get new comers into the hobby and get them out flying quickly. 

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