(Contributed - by Jason Orosco - 05/29/09)
Custom Game Over rocket is a level 1 single stage rocket with a used for recovery.
List of parts:
- 1 -50, 9" long
- 1 PNC-50 Injected
- 1 PNC-50 Nose Cone Plug
- 1 ET-20, 2.75" long Engine Tube W/Slit
- 1 EC-2 Engine Clip
- 2 CR-2050 Centering Rings
- 3 Fins
- 1 Streamer, 48" long
- 1 -2 Shock Cord (elastic)
- 1 Lug 1.25" Short
- 1 Decal set (Peel and Stick)
- 1 SCM-50 Mount
Supplies: White/wood glue, plastic cement, 320/600 grit sandpaper, sanding , scissors, hobby knife, and
gloss black and silver spray paint.
PRO: Engine is the first step in this construction the BT 2.75" already has a slit cut in to add the engine
clip, pretty straight forward assembly of the .
CON: Next step is the fin alignment , The instructions say make 3 marks from template provided in the
instructions that's no problem. Here's the problem says mark the lines 1" from the bottom, for some building there
first rocket the are no lines for fin alignment because attach the fins 1" from the bottom.
PRO: Is gluing the engine mount into the tube. Mine went vary easily didn't have to sand the rings.
PRO: Shock cord mount easy 3 fold mount cut from the instructions and fold and glued. Glued the shock cord
1.5" inside the tube.
PRO: Cutting out the fins, I sanded both sides with 320 grit sandpaper before cutting them out. Then I sanded all
the edges smooth.
PRO: There is a small slit cut on the of the fins so you know what side the fin to glue to the rocket.
I ran a small bead of wood glue down the root edge a let dry for a few seconds before attaching them.
PRO: Glue the launch lug 3" from the base between 2 of the fins. Then I ran a of glue down each side
of the fin.
PRO: I taped off the base of the nosecone and painted it with white , let dry, and sanded it smooth using 320
grit sandpaper. Applied 2 coats of Valspar gloss black.
PRO: Rest of rocket was primed with white primer let dry and sanded smooth using 320 grit sandpaper. I used
Testors Chrome and applied two coats and let dry for a couple of days.
CON: Peel and stick decals need to be cut individually and applied to the rocket. This will be tough for a kid as
the decals that go on the fins are small a need to be cut out carefully. I would suggest using tweezers to apply these
CON: Streamer gets tied into the eyelet of the nosecone and then the shock cord gets tied into the eyelet. I
would tape or tie the streamer on the shock cord 2" down from the nose cone.
Construction Rating: 4 out of 5
Preparation of the rocket is 4 sheets of . The first flight was on an Estes A8-3. It was a nice straight
flight and had good .
Second flight was also on a Estes A8-3 for a good straight flight.
Third flight was a Quest A6-4. Another nice straight flight.
CON: First flight the rocket came down too fast on the 1" x 48" streamer.
PRO: Second flight switched out the streamer for a 12" , which made for a nice gentle landing.
CON: Third flight was a nice liftoff, but a wrapped around a fin, came down hard,and cracked a fin
that had already been repaired.
Flight Rating: 4 out of 5
PRO: Good beginners rocket, nice straight flights, and good small field flier.
CON: Needs a wider streamer or use a 12" chute instead. Marking lines for the fins on the body tube should
be marked up from the bottom at least 4".
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5
(Contributed - by Mark Bischof - 07/04/10)
Single stage, , Streamer recovery, high fling all around fun rocket.
- 1 body tube - paper
- 3 fins
- 2 paper centering rings
- 1 motor mount and elastic shock cord
The instructions are easy to follow, basic illustrations, good order, template for fin positioning, which is
helpful no issues with sturdiness. The engine mount is very loose and needs to be thickened using masking tape. no
special tools except sand paper and sanding sealer.
Easy to paint. Make sure to use sanding sealer to smooth the balsa pressure sensitive
decals, easy to place but need to be cut out with a hobby knife. Looks great, but I added a gloss clear coat and
waterproofing clear coat for rainy days.
Construction Rating: 5 out of 5
All around great flights on C6-7. Out of sight performance, straight as an arrow. normal prep,
4 sheets of wadding, hook engine retention, but the motor fell out every time. High flying, but it was hard to follow,
so I used binoculars.
Replaced shock cord because of burning with Kevlar.
It fell straight down on streamer within 200 yards of the launch area
Flight Rating: 4 ½ out of 5
My favorite part is the rocket screaming off the pad at up too 350 feet/second
Overall Rating: 5 ½ out of 5
Have a spotter to watch the rocket so you find it with ease.