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Estes - Super Neon XL {Kit} (002425) [?-2013]

Published:2018-04-23
Manufacturer:Estes
Diameter:1.6400 inches
Length:35.0000 inches
Skill Level:3
Style:Ring/Tube/Cone Fin
Construction Rating:
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Brief

The Super Neon XL from Estes is a tube-fin rocket with a beefy appearance and an E engine mount.  A taller rocket it really draws peoples attention on and off the launch pad.

Components

  • BT-60 body tube, and tube fins
  • larger balsa ogive nose cone.
  • smaller balsa fins attach to the tube fins.
  • Two large decals for main body tube allow for a personal touch when finishing.

Construction

This the the third rocket I ever made.  Easy to read instructions. Easy to build design.

Really nice nose cone for the price of the kit ($16.99 cnd).  Tube fins and balsa fins were a bit tricky but patience and steady hands did the trick.

Finished product is strong and sleek.

Finishing

Filled all the Body tube spiral with watered down elmers wood filler.

Did not prime this one as it was one of the first rockets I ever made, but still got a great finish.

My three year old decided that he wanted a purple and silver rocket.  So we swapped the lime green body paint for metallic purple, and painted the tube fins metallic silver.  Fins were done the same color as the body.

We used the silver decal which turned out great.

Construction Score: 5

Flight

This rocket has flown on both D and E engines. 3 flights to date,many more to come :)

Always a straight true flight.

Not sure about altitudes.

The last flight was on an E engine, during which the Chute never deploy.  The nosecone ejected but the Chute stuck at the top of the tube.  The rocket floated back to earth at a relatively slow rate, landing in the snow(it was january).  No damage.

 

Recovery

No cons.  Everyone in the family loves this rocket.

Pros: Strong design, nice straight flight every time, easy on the eyes too.

 

Flight Rating: 5

Summary

For someone looking to try a D or E engine rocket this is a great starting point.

Easy to build, but not a cookie cutter E2X rocket.  This one does take some time and patience, that any builder can be proud of.

It will be a while before I find a rocket I like better then this one.

Rockets in my collection

  • Estes:
    • Crossfire
    • Amazon
    • Ricochet
    • Satellite interceptor
    • Equinox
    • Loadstar 2
    • Super Neon XL
    • Extreme 12

 

 

Overall Rating: 5

    Flight Log

    DateRocket NameMotor(s)AltitudeNotes
    2009-11-14Donald Besaw's Estes Super Neon XLD12-3- Excellent first flight. Arrow straight boost to maybe 500 feet and a perfect apogee deployment. ...
    2009-12-15Donald Besaw's Estes Super Neon XLE9-4- Great flight. Nice boost with some weathercocking and reached maybe 800 feet. Short drift on ...
    2010-07-17Gregg Discenza's Estes Super Neon XLE20-7- Overpowered ejection blew 3 of the 6 shroud lines, rocket came down quickly, but sustained no ...
    2010-07-17Gregg Discenza's Estes Super Neon XLD12-5- On the D12, this rocket flew straight and true, and recovery was just as easy. Nice rocket to fly.
    2010-08-21Gregg Discenza's Estes Super Neon XLD12-5- Bit breezier today than last time, perfect boost and nice recovery. I like this kit!
    2010-08-21Gregg Discenza's Estes Super Neon XLD12-5- Textbook flight. This rocket does not disappoint.
    2010-09-11Justin Belcher's Estes Super Neon XLD12-5- Maiden Flight. Perfect results: straight up, little to no rotation, perfect ejection/recovery. ...
    2010-11-13 K Sonesen's Estes Super Neon XL (Tube Fin)D12-5- First flight. Perfectly straight climb followed by brief tailslide before deployment.
    2010-11-13 K Sonesen's Estes Super Neon XL (Tube Fin)E9-4- Second flight. No tailslide this time. Perfect deployment and only a short walk to retrieve. This ...
    2011-02-05K Sonesen's Estes Super Neon XL (Tube Fin)E30-4T- Awesome flight. It was quick off the pad and arrow straight. Deployment at apogee followed by a ...
    2011-03-12K Sonesen's Estes Super Neon XL (Tube Fin)E20-7- The E20 single use motor is a great choice for the Estes Super Neon XL. It produces a good ...
    2011-04-02K Sonesen's Estes Super Neon XL (Tube Fin)E20-4854 feet All up weight (motor and Altimeter One included) was 10.56 oz. Good straight boost and deployment ...
    2012-01-14 K Sonesen's Estes Super Neon XL (Tube Fin)E20-7- This flight got off on the wrong foot right from the get-go. I couldn't remember what size chute ...
    2014-05-03Bob Bernatchez's Estes Super Neon XLE9-4- Good flight in spite of the wind, but a looong walk for recovery.
    2014-05-31 Kevin Smith's Super Neon XLD12-3375 feet Pretty gusty day, launched at an agressive angle, maybe to agressive, reached 356 ft, clean ...
    2014-06-07Bob Bernatchez's Estes Super Neon XLE9-4-
    2014-06-14 Kevin Smith's Super Neon XLD12-5356 feet Good flight on a windy day, recovered 100 yrds from Launch pad.
    2014-06-28Kevin Smith's Super Neon XLE9-4622 feet 131 MPH launch speed, One of my favorites, ejection charge failed to deploy chute, crashed to the ...
    2014-07-05Bob Bernatchez's Estes Super Neon XLE18-5- Great flight
    2014-08-02Bob Bernatchez's Estes Super Neon XLE18-5- Way high boost!
    2014-10-04Bob Bernatchez's Estes Super Neon XLD12-3- Broke a fin on landing.
    2014-10-18Bob Bernatchez's Estes Super Neon XLE9-4- good flight
    2014-12-06Bob Bernatchez's Estes Super Neon XLE9-4-
    2015-03-07Bob Bernatchez's Estes Super Neon XLE9-4-
    2015-06-06Bob Bernatchez's Estes Super Neon XLE18-5- 5 seconds was too long.
    2015-09-05Bob Bernatchez's Estes Super Neon XLE9-4- And then the rains came :-(
    2015-10-03Bob Bernatchez's Estes Super Neon XLE9-4-
    2015-12-19Bob Bernatchez's Estes Super Neon XLE18-5- It's not much fun trying to recover rockets on a field that's only barely not a swamp.
    2016-02-20Bob Bernatchez's Estes Super Neon XLD12-5-
    2016-09-17Bob Bernatchez's Estes Super Neon XLE18-5- Great flight
    2016-10-15Bob Bernatchez's Estes Super Neon XLE9-4- Great flight
    2017-02-11 Bob Bernatchez's Estes Super Neon XLE18-5- Must have drifted a half mile in this wind.
    2018-01-06Bob Bernatchez's Estes Super Neon XLE9-4-

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