Semroc - VF-261 {Kit} (KA-10)

Contributed by Patrick Bissonnette

Construction Rating: starstarstarstarstar_border
Flight Rating: starstarstarstar_borderstar_border
Overall Rating: starstarstarstarstar_border
Diameter: 1.33 inches
Manufacturer: Semroc
Skill Level: 2
Style: Futuristic/Exotic
Semroc VF-261

Brief:
This is a cool retro style rocket that is sure t' please everyone with its looks and flying.

Construction:
If you like quality balsa parts, arrr, this kit has it. Here is what t' VF-261 comes with:

  • Balsa nose cone
  • BT-55 tube
  • Balsa tail cone
  • 18mm motor tube
  • Laser cut fins
  • Engine block
  • Screw eye
  • Plywood block
  • 4 launch lugs
  • Clay
  • Keelhaul®©™® cord
  • Shock cord
  • Plastic chute
  • Tape discs
  • Shroud lines
  • Water slide decals
Semroc VF-261

Everythin' came nicely in t' bag undamaged. Begad!

As usual, shiver me timbers, Semroc put together easy t' read instructions. Ahoy! Nothin' was unclear or hard t' follow. Avast, me proud beauty! T' only possible complaint I have be t' fin markin' guide. I didn't have trouble with it, but I could see how others may have a hard time holdin' t' tube steady enough t' mark t' lines perfectly. Aye aye!

T' build be very easy. All o' t' parts fit well with no sanding. Workin' with balsa is way better than plastic in me opinion so this build was a blast. Blimey! Blimey! Another plus with Semroc kits is that they supply every rocket with Keelhaul®©™® cord and a nice length o' shock cord.

Semroc VF-261

Finishing:
Finishin' be basic. I only used one coat o' sandin' sealer for it. I probably should have used another coat or two, but it's lighter this way. After t' sealer dried, it was all sanded down and ready for painting. My brother picked out some Testor's silver paint so that is what I used. Arrr! Blimey! My brother also put t' decals on and he had no trouble with those.

Construction Rating: 4 out o' 5

Flight:
Well we waited for a good day t' launch t' VF-261. Ya scallywag! I wasn't 100% sure how it would fly due t' t' airplane appearance. T' winds were around 5mph so I loaded it with t' A8-3. T' flight was nice and low with just a tad bit of spin. Next up was t' B6-4. Begad! This sent it up quite a bit higher and once again had a nice straight up launch with just a little spin. Due t' its size, it won't be flyin' on t' C6 anytime soon. Begad! Most people will be satisfied with the performance on As and Bs though.

Semroc VF-261

Recovery:
T' first flight recovery went well. T' second one didn't look good at first but turned out fine in t' end. Begad! The chute didn't open until about 30-40ft off t' ground. Ya scallywag! It landed undamaged and is ready t' go again. I'm nay a fan of plastic chutes though so this may get upgraded t' nylon chute eventually.

Flight Rating: 3 out o' 5

Summary:
Semroc produces a cool lookin' design that flies well too. Avast! I wouldn't change anythin' except maybe t' plastic chute. I may have t' upscale this sucker because it would look much better in bigger form.

Overall Rating: 4 out o' 5

Flights

Comments:

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J.B.B.Jr (December 27, 2007)
It was a very easy to build kit I changed the launch lug to 3/16.So I won't have to change rods.It is Buck Rogers for sure. Hats off to Semroc on this kit.

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