Lastest Rocketry Product Reviews

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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2020-12-16 - Canaroc FK-3
Plan Review by Bill Eichelberger

In my quest to have as many new or old rocket companies as possible represented in my fleet, it was inevitable that I'd eventually find the road to Canaroc.  I'd chased several kits on Ebay over the years, seldom coming within sniffing distance, but forever intrigued.  I'd built the two upscales by Sunward, but I'd never tried to approximate a 1:1 bird.  I got interested in the idea in 2014 and managed to put together an approximation of two 3FNC Canaroc birds, ...

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2020-11-25 - Quest Courier
Kit Review by Bill Eichelberger

Picked up at Hobby Lobby during the Quest clearance "just because".   The Courier would become my first competition egglofter by default.  (It was the only one I had that met the single engine criteria.)  Despite a lack of enthusiasm for the project at first that wound up causing the construction time to be measured with a multi-year calendar, I must admit to a grudging respect for the Courier.  It does what it needs to do and doesn't require a boatload of ...

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2020-11-23 - Scratch Estes Raven Clone
Clone Review by Bill Eichelberger

This is a story of reclamation.  At some point in the past decade I became enamored with the Estes National Aerospace Plane and decided that I needed to clone one.  To that end I began scouring Ebay for one of the kits that shared the unique nose cone with the NASP, namely the Estes Sentinel, Magnum, Firehawk, and the Raven.  I won a Firehawk kit, but liked it so much that I went ahead and built it.  Then I won the Raven, a more traditional 4fnc bird that I figured ...

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2020-11-23 - Estes Naboo Fighter Starter Set - EST 1842
Review by Greg Zsidisin

This is a long OOP Estes starter set from 1999, a tie-in with Star Wars Episode 1, The Phantom Menace.  The kit consists of an almost-read-to-fly (ARF) model rocket, a plastic Naboo Fighter with display stand, a simple Star-Wars styled launch pad and launch rod, and an interesting launch controller shaped and decorated like R2D2.  The set comes with two A10-3T engines and ignitors (starters), plus a single square of recovery wadding.

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2020-11-16 - U.S. Rockets Sniper
Kit Review by Bill Eichelberger

Slick and sleek looking US Rockets product with great lines and a killer name.  Another cool feature is that the power possibilities go from 18mm to 29mm, and it is entirely imaginable to see it built to handle any of the three motor sizes.  (Although it may never be seen again if you opt for that 29mm motor.) 

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2020-11-12 - Estes Ventris
Kit Review by Bill Eichelberger

The Ventris is one of the first four rockets released by Estes as part of their new Pro Series II mid-power collection.  While all are great looking birds, the Enerjet-esque lines of the Ventris were the clincher when it came time to make the choice of which bird would be my 50th birthday present.

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