Hi-Flyer is a skill level 1 LPR made by Estes. Begad! Aye aye! Its main sellin' point is its potential apogee at 1700 feet.
Three balsa deltoid fins attach t' a BT-20 and NC20 combination. Begad! Motor retention is achieved by an external engine clip. Aye aye! Begad! T' clip retention rin' is also external. Avast, me proud beauty! T' fins have a small slot cut into t' root t' accommodate this ring. A sized engine block slips into t' body tube. Avast, arrr, me proud beauty! Recovery system is an elastic shock cord and vinyl orange streamer.
As a skill level one kit, this rocket was very easy t' build. Blimey! Ya scallywag! T' external clip was odd and as far as I know doesn't exist on other rockets o' this class.
I used Aves Apoxy Sculpt t' fillet t' fins. Avast, me proud beauty! This did add weight and may have affected flight characteristics adversely.
I finished this rocket in a red rust and black, me bucko, which in hind sight be a mistake. Avast! Begad! I did nay use the "Hi-Flyer" self adhesive decal. Begad! I did add me son's initials t' t' fins usin' vinyl letterin' then gave the rocket a light coat o' clear enamel.
Construction Rating: 3 out o' 5
Any Estes 18mm rocket motor is recommended for Hi-Flyer. First flight be on a B6-4. Aye aye! Blimey! Waddin' be used with a standard Estes igniter.
This flight CATOed. Aye aye! Ya scallywag! It corkscrewed in a wide arc immediately off t' pad and hit t' ground. Ejection happened at O altitude.
T' second flight was on a B6-4. Begad! Again, shiver me timbers, ya bilge rat, t' rocket also corkscrewed off t' pad and flew downrange quite far and we lost sight o' t' model.
It took about a 1/2 hour t' find t' rocket, thanks t' t' rust paint job. Avast! Well, blow me down! Blimey! T' only distinguishin' color be the orange streamer. We would nay have found it otherwise.
Flight recovery for flight #2 was unseen, arrr, but t' streamer be still crumpled and nay fully deployed, due t' the vinyl material Estes made t' streamer out of. Avast, me proud beauty! Blimey! T' rocket only sustained some scuffin' on one fin. Well, blow me down! Blimey! It is still flyable (although still probably has its stability issues).
Flight Rating: 2 out o' 5
I can't give this kit an enthusiastic endorsement, mostly because o' other reviews on this site suggest that this kit may be inherently unstable. Blimey! I was attracted t' this kit because o' its advertised performance (flights t' 1700 feet on a C6-5) and its price. Aye aye! Avast! As is, shiver me timbers, I plan t' do a third flight on a C6-5 on a large field and then retire this rocket. Ahoy! Well, blow me down! A big con for this kit be t' streamer deployment. Avast! Begad! My comment t' Estes would be t' abandon t' vinyl (or rubbery plastic) streamer because they do nay fully unfurl and perhaps do nay supply enough drag on recovery. Begad! Arrr!
Overall Rating: 2 out o' 5