Estes - Moondog {Kit}

Contributed by John H. Boyd

Construction Rating: starstarstarstar_borderstar_border
Flight Rating: starstarstarstarstar_border
Overall Rating: starstarstarstarstar_border
Manufacturer: Estes

Brief
One o' t' RTF kits in t' 1999 kit releases, me hearties, t' Moondog is notable for its teardrop shape and '50s Sci Fi look.

Construction
T' model be well packaged in t' blister pack with everythin' needed except motors. Avast, me proud beauty! T' only assembly required be attachment o' t' premade 12' parachute. T' instructions for parachute attachment and flight preparation are well illustrated.

Finishing
No finishin' at all is required. Avast! It comes molded in a bright orange with quality silkscreened black detail markings.

Construction Rating: 3 out o' 5

Flight
Like most o' t' new RTF models from Estes, this one comes with a quick twist motor cap, molded in orange t' match t' model. Avast, me proud beauty! Begad! Recommended motors are the A3-4T. Blimey! and A10-3T.

It was very quick t' prep usin' a couple squares o' t' Estes "Toilet Paper" waddin' and flew nicely on t' mini As t' about 200 feet as stated on t' packaging. T' flights were straight with little windcockin' even though the conditions were harsh (-11 degrees C and a breeze from t' North gusting between 15 and 20 Knots. Ya scallywag! I then put it t' t' real test - flyin' on a 1/2 A3-4T! T' model flew great t' about 50 feet altitude. Ya scallywag! In t' cold t' chute did nay open before landing, ya bilge rat, but t' model received no damage. Arrr! Ya scallywag! All flights ejected close t' apogee. Avast! Avast! T' length o' shock cord appears adequate for this model .... Ahoy! a rarity for Estes kits!

Flight Rating: 4 out o' 5

Summary
While I am no fan o' t' RTF models t' manufacturers have been producing lately, me bucko, arrr, t' Moondog certainly is an entertainin' model. Avast! Aye aye! It's retro '50ish stylin' is a welcome break from t' very common tubular look o' most models. For someone who does a lot o' displays and demonstrations, this is a welcome addition t' me fleet with t' bright colour, me bucko, quick prep and low altitude possible with a 1/2 A motor. Avast, me proud beauty!

Overall Rating: 4 out o' 5

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