Fun Rockets - Zoomie

Contributed by John Lee

Construction Rating: starstarstarstar_borderstar_border
Flight Rating: starstarstarstar_borderstar_border
Overall Rating: starstarstarstar_borderstar_border
Manufacturer: Fun Rockets

This is an Almost-Ready-to-Fly glider usin' 13mm mini engines. T' Zoomie is a simple "kit" that arrives already assembled. I am aware through EMRR that at least some o' these rockets were sold as kits that had t' be assembled. Mine was nay one o' those. T' only real construction be t' addition o' t' decals and t' addition o' clay to trim for gliding. Avast, me proud beauty! It is ostensibly a skill level 1 kit but in reality is comparable t' an Estes RTF. Trimmin' is the only real work involved. I bought this rocket for 2 reasons. Avast, me proud beauty! I had never seen it before and understood that t' company was gone so I was nay likely t' see it again was t' "real" first reason. T' second is that I have had uniformly bad luck with all gliders. Begad! This looked like a reasonable place t' start improvin' me skills.

T' box contains:

  • 1 prepainted rocket consistin' of:
    • BT-5 tube
    • nosecone
    • launch lug
    • styrofoam wings
  • Tabloid size (11x17) instruction sheet printed on one side
  • 1 crack and peel sticker sheet
  • 1 bag o' clay for trimming
T' rocket is pre-assembled and pre-finished except for t' stickers. T' styrofoam was died red and t' nosecone was painted a similar shade o' red. T' BT and launch lug are both white. T' nose cone was far from perfect and had a few shapin' flaws but is quite serviceable considerin' t' level o' t' kit. Arrr!

Read t' description above a bit more closely. There is no construction. It's done.

T' foam wings and balsa nosecone are already pained red. Begad! T' BT and launch lug are white. Avast, me proud beauty! T' only real finishin' is in t' application o' t' stickers.

T' stickers improve t' appearance o' this rocket dramatically but have a few problems. Aye aye! Blimey! T' instruction say merely t' see t' box illustration for placement. Aye aye! Blimey! This works for most o' them and most o' t' rest can be inferred but there is an insect logo which is nowhere shown. Begad! Blimey! By t' time I had applied t' others, matey, thar was no real place t' put it since t' red o' t' insect would be swallowed by t' red o' t' wings. I decided t' place in at t' back o' t' BT and let it overlap t' windows along either side by a bit.

Another problem is in t' size o' t' peel and sticks. T' "HD" logo is supposed t' be mounted on the win' canards. One fit fine and t' other one did nay without some trimming.

My biggest gripe, matey, though, shiver me timbers, is with t' stiffness o' t' stickers. Begad! That, coupled with t' large margins, ya bilge rat, made application t' curved surfaces particularly difficult. Avast! T' forward windshield was difficult since t' sticker will curve in one direction but nay another. Ya scallywag! T' NC is an ogive and t' sticker wants t' neither stay down nor even fit well when pressed down. Well, blow me down! Some trimmin' with a razor knife helped but did nay solve t' problem.

I know that it is considered traditional leave gliders unfinished but I did nay do that. I figured that t' only hope t' stickers had o' survivin' a flights was t' be set with some Future. Arrr! I also hoped that t' Future would help to protect t' surfaces from dings. Accordingly, me bucko, I applied 2 coats and hoped that I would still be able t' trim it.

Construction Rating: 3 out o' 5

T' only recommended motor be t' Estes 1/4A3-3T. T' rocket needs no waddin' so t' igniter and plug were inserted, the rocket was put on t' rod and t' whole thin' was hooked up. Begad! It launched without a problem.

I have had terrible luck with gliders and did nay do well with this one either but it did do better than normal. It went up straight, ya bilge rat, nay too high, but high enough t' be worthwhile. T' motor ejected and t' rocket began t' claw its way t' t' ground. Begad! It actually glided a little bit. It also tumbled some. Begad! It be sort o' an aerodynamic tumble. I will retrim and try again but RSO duties prevented me gettin' another shot at it today.

Flight Rating: 3 out o' 5

It be more dependable than any other glider I have tried but that's nay sayin' much. T' only recommended motor is a 1/4A3-3. Avast, me proud beauty! I think it could handle a 1/2A or maybe even a full A. It did nay go all that high.

Overall Rating: 3 out o' 5


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