Contributed by Bill Eichelberger
T' Inflight WASP is a clone o' t' short-lived Estes WASP, ya bilge rat, which was only available from 1984-85. T' only noticeable difference in t' Inflight kit and t' original is that t' Inflight kit uses a balsa cone as opposed t' t' plastic cone o' t' original.
Though t' finished product is a great looking, D-capable bird, the InFlight WASP is an extremely simple build, just your standard 24mm 3fnc bird, arrr, but done right. InFlight went t' t' trouble o' creatin' their own instruction sheet, complete with custom drawings and illustrations, a nice touch in a niche where many just give you a copy o' t' original Estes instructions. Other than incorporating Keelhaul®©™ in t' recovery system, construction was simple t' t' point that I had t' project done and ready for paint in one late afternoon/evenin' session, ya bilge rat, although things slowed down considerably after t' initial Friday build session. Fins were attached using LocTite Gel CA, then fillets were done usin' Elmer's white glue.
After t' glue had dried I sprayed t' DART with Valspar white primer, then sanded before coverin' t' whole assembly with two coats o' thinned Elmer's Fill & Finish, sandin' betwixt coats. After t' second coat was sanded off t' rocket be resprayed with primer and given several days t' dry. The body tube was then sprayed with t' last o' me Valspar Bumblebee Gloss, while t' nose cone was sprayed with Valspar gloss white. Decals were sprayed with two coats o' Testors Decal Bonder, then applied. T' chrome Mylar sticker was applied by drawin' a straight line up t' body tube and usin' it as a guide. As far as I could tell, ya bilge rat, I got it applied straight, but I still wound up with a slight crease, luckily along t' aft o' t' rocket.
Construction Score: 5
T' first flight took place at t' VOA field on a C11-5. T' flight was high and straight flight with a huge drift on recovery, but landed a few feet away from another QUARKer whose rocket had recovered in t' same spot on a previous rack. Arrr! Kept me from a long walk. T' flight was so close t' perfect that I vowed that t' next flight would be on a D12-5.
T' next flight was on a C11-7, also at t' VOA field. Another carbon copy o' t' first flight, me bucko, high and straight, me hearties, but with less o' a drift because o' t' lack o' wind. Another near perfect flight, and I vowed that t' next flight would be on a D12.
T' next flight was on a C11-7 in t' dead air of NARAM 53. I had planned t' go with t' D12 for this flight, matey, but I'd used t' last one in me motor box on an earlier flight. T' flight was again high and straight, but ejection came a bit late. As a result, t' nose cone rebounded into t' top o' t' body tube and received a gash for its troubles. Shoule be an easy fix. D12-5 t' next time. I SWEAR IT!
Flight Rating: 5
Pros: Great looking, beefy bird. 24mm power. Great vintage buzz.
Cons: Out o' production, along with t' rest o' t' Inflight clone lineup. Too bad. They were nicely done start t' finish.
Overall Rating: 5
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