Construction Rating: starstarstarstarstar_border
Flight Rating: starstarstarstarstar_border
Overall Rating: starstarstarstarstar_border
Published: 2020-07-30
Diameter: 1.33 inches
Length: 21.88 inches
Manufacturer: Aerospace Specialty Products
Skill Level: 1
Style: Scale

Brief

This is a replica of the late 1940s WAC Corporal sounding rocket. It does not include the 'Tiny Tim' booster, but other kits from ASP Rocketry have it with the booster as a multi-stage rocket. 

The kit is all good quality materials and the instructions are extensive and have plenty of pictures. Fins are laser-cut balsawood, and tubes are standard BT-types. Shock cord uses both kevlar and elastic. 

 

Components

Tubes are all standard type and good quality. Shock cord is Kevlar and elastic. Nose and fins are balsa, and the rocket has a nice boat-tail made of balsa for the rear. 

Construction

Assembly was not difficult. Some care must be taken when shaping the fins to ensure the root edge shape does not change, because they must mate correctly to the boat-tail. 

Finishing

Kit covers finishing with wood filler, sandpaper, primering, painting. Diagrams for fin edges are a little hard to understand, and I ended up using a reference photo of the actual WAC Corporal, No decals, which would have been nice, but the look is very clean even without them.

Construction Score: 4

Flight

The kit takes 24mm D/E engines, or C-engines with the 18/24 engine adapter. C6 engines work but beware! They have barely enough thrust for minimum launch speeds, and may result in unexpected trajectories. 

Recovery

Comes with a small hexagonal chute by default. This will work fine. For higher flights a streamer might be a better option.

Flight Rating: 4

Summary

This is an excellent kit for the novice or experienced builder and I recommend it. Reserving a '5.0' rating for a kit that I can't find any flaws at all with.

Overall Rating: 4

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