While buying some parts and supplies, I decided to go ahead and grab a Golden Scout to commemorate the Vern and Gleda's 50 years of contributions to this educational and fun hobby. Without their efforts, sport rocketry might not even exist today.
There are already several good reviews here on EMRR, so I'll assume you've read them. There's no reason to repeat everything.
The parts list:
This is about as easy a kit as you will find. I built mine leisurely in one afternoon, less finishing. The parts are the typical quality you get from Semroc. The fins are perfect, balsa cone's grain is shallow, and the tube is precision marked and pre-punched. The fins are relatively thick for this size kit, which made them really easy to attach (I did all 3 of mine in one step) and should help with recovery. I don't know if the fins on the original were this thick?
The one step that may have proved slightly challenging was the attachment of the Tyvek strip over the motor catch hook. Nope, I found that was simple also.
After hearing the model's flight history (charred fins, broken fins, etc.), I decided not to spend a lot of time on finishing. (I'm sure anyone who knows me is shocked--NOT.) I filled the balsa with one coat of Elmer's Fill 'n' Finish and shot a couple of coats of primer, sanding in between. The Tyvek kept fuzzing up, but I eventually got it smooth. I painted it gold as specified using Testor's Gold. It came with a serialized decal, mine is #0869. That's a lot of gold in this July's skies!
Construction Rating: 5 out of 5
I see the deadline for the Super Hit List will come and go before it flies, so this will have to be added later. Here are some preflight observations:
Flight Rating: 2 out of 5
I applaud Vern, Gleda for their contributions, the folks a Semroc for releasing the kit, and everyone else involved in the event. As for the kit itself, I say the build is a '5' and the flight rating is probably lower. My final rating is a '5' since I hardly care, I'm just happy to add to the Sky of Gold!
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5
( Contributed - by Mike McFadden - 06/01/08) Brief: This is Semroc's commemorative release for the 50 years of contributions to rocketry from Vernon and Gleda Estes, the founders of Estes model rockets. This was one of the first kits released by Estes. It is a unique design as it tumbles back to earth after flight. Each kit is assigned a unique number and can be registered at ...
( Contributed - by Frank Casey - 03/29/08) Brief: This is a reproduction of the original Scout introduced by Vern Estes back in the 1960s. Back in the day, it sold for a mere 70 cents and introduced millions of people to model rocketry. Construction: Parts list: 1 balsa nose cone (BNC-30DE) 1 body tube (BT-30AP) 1 laser-cut fin set 1 engine catch hook ...
Brief: The original Scout was designed by Vern Estes, and was awarded a patent in 1960 for achieving tumble recovery via a shifting CG. The motor slides back via the ejection charge. This became catalog # K-1 and is among the most beloved nostalgic designs. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Model Rocketry, the "rocket doctor" Ken Montanye teamed up with Vern ...
S.N. (June 7, 2008)