Estes - No. 2 Sky Writer {Kit} (1260)

Contributed by Dillon Frazier

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Published: 2012-02-29
Diameter: 0.98 inches
Length: 26.00 inches
Manufacturer: Estes
Skill Level: 1
Style: Odd-Roc

Brief

A 26-inch long rocket designed to look like a pencil. Made by Estes. An E2X model that is powered by standard engines (B6-4, C6-5, ect.).

Components

  • 2 main body tube sections
  • Engine moun tbuilding components 
  • plastic nose cone
  • 4 inter-connected plastic fins
  • rubber shock cord
  • 12 inch preassembled parachute

 

Construction

Very easy to build, and perfect for beginners. Body tube doesn't seem very durable. Cheap plastic nose. The fins are extremely easy and certainly beat the balsa wood fins that take so much time and effort to install. Overall, a little cheap but easy to build.

Finishing

Other than self stick decals, this rocket has no other finishing to be done.

Construction Score: 3

Flight

Flies very high and straight. Fun to watch. Use smaller engines (B6-4) until you're sure you have enough space to use more powerful engines. If you don't you'll probably never see this wonderful rocket again.

Recovery

The 12-inch parachute is the right size for this rocket. Provides a fairly rapid descent back to earth, which is good because it flies extremely high. Use plenty of wadding, because one of the parachute cords on mine was burnt and completely severed in half. My rocket was succesfuly recovered, but suffered damage on the parachute, body tube (dents: was fixable), engine mount, and fins (knocked out of place). 

Flight Rating: 3

Summary

Good rocket, not perfect. Use powerful glue when installing the fins onto the lower body tube.

Overall Rating: 3

Flights

Comments:

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Leroy Spicer (March 7, 2012)

Sky Writer is easy to build and fun to fly. First flight, flew high and straight under windy conditions. Recovery was not so good, strong winds drifted the chute & rocket 600' off the launch site, splash landing in a water filled drainage ditch. Rocket was recovered intact with a partially melted fin assembly and repairable lower tube damage.

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