Semroc - Saki {Kit} (KA-12)

Contributed by Daniel Draney

Construction Rating: starstarstarstarstar
Flight Rating: starstarstarstarstar
Overall Rating: starstarstarstarstar
Published: 2015-10-06
Diameter: 1.84 inches
Length: 9.30 inches
Manufacturer: Semroc
Skill Level: 1
Style: Goonybird, Odd-Roc

Brief

Great little GoonyBird style kit by Semroc.

Components

Balsa nose cone, fins, and cockpit. Water slide decals.

Construction

No problems building the kit.

Finishing

Was a little difficult to paint the joint under the wings.

Construction Score: 5

Flight

Great flights, fin config makes it look cool in the air.

Recovery

I wish I had put two more coats of glue on the nose cone. It's a bit banged up now.

Flight Rating: 5

Summary

One of my favorite rockets

Overall Rating: 5
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Comments:

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Bill Eichelberger (October 8, 2015)

I think the decals need some white in the teeth, eyes and behind the Semroc logo.

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Hans "Chris" Michielssen (October 13, 2015)

Regarding the white teeth, eyes and Semroc logo - 

You can use small pieces cut from an unprinted white decal sheet. Set those down first (where the teeth and eyes will be) then add the kits black decals over the top.

By itself the white decal won't need any clear coats, it slides right off the backing after soaking. It's a little extra work, I've done it on decals that don't have the white background.

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Bill Eichelberger (October 21, 2015)

That's how I did my first Red Max clone, but I used adhesive shelf paper cut to just under the size of the decal.

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