I saw a picture of this rocket as a new release from Estes a while back and thought that it looked like
a lot of fun. I reminded me of the GoonyBird series whI thought was very creative. I did not pay much attention to the spec's on this rocket and was in for a suprise when I saw it at the hobby store the other day. Boy is it small, I almost missed it on the pegboard it so small. Small but fun so I bought it anyway.
When I got home I took it out of the package this kit is in the E2X series or the super easy line. There are very few parts to this kit. Two plastic halves a nose cone, small engine tube, small streamer, elastic and a bit of clay.
I did not even look at the instructions this kit is so intutive to construct. I did modify a few bits on this kit. I could not get all of the clay in the nose, so I took out some and replaced half the clay with a small fishing weight. I also ditched the elastic and the plastic streamer. I added some Kevlar® string and Teflon plumbers tape for a completly flame proof recovery system.
I was done in about 15 minutes start to finish.
The kit comes already finished so no finishing is needed. It also comes with some sticker decals that are added when complete.
Construction Rating: 4 out of 5
Since it was a bit windy I decided to use a 1/2A3-4T so that it would not go to high. I got a lot of comments on the way to the flight line, people were very amused by the size of this rocket. I loaded it up on the low power pad and waited for the count 5-4-3-2-1 Whoop-pop, the nose seperated and came down on streamer and the body came down on its own 20 feet away. The ejection charge had toasted the Kevlar string, I had it glued to the engine mount. I could not fly it again until I reattach the shock cord, someone up higher on the rocket. All in all I was very pleased with the flight, it went straight and came down close to the pad even in moderate winds.
Flight Rating: 3 out of 5
Pros - Cheap kit, easy to construct.
Cons - Very small and easy to lose.
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5