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REV 2.4 - Mon Feb 21 17:11:10 2011

FlisKits
Pheord X150
6 Jennifer Drive
Merrimack, NH 03054
(603) 494-1145
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SPECS: 3.2" x .736" - 0.9 oz
ROCKSIM FILE: MISSING - please submit here
SpaceCAD FILE: MISSING - please submit here
REC'D MOTORS: B6-0, C6-0

[Picture](03/13/04) The FlisKits Pheord X150 is more than rocketry, it's humor as well. Starting with its name, Pheord, pronounced like Ford, add the X150 and you'd think you were dealing with a pickup truck. And the similarity does not stop there. Notice FlisKit's introduction:

"'Built Pheord Tough' takes on a whole new meaning! The 2003 Pheord X150 come fully outfitted for the alien on the go, whether you are hunting xenomorphs or just out tooling around the galaxy with that pretty young thing you picked up on Alpha Erandi. The Pheord X150 Full Sized Pickup-Saucer comes with a hull-plate to hull-plate 2 year or 200,000 parsec conditional warranty, electric air-locks, environmental control, all-terrain landing gear, 5-cell antenna, windshield defogger and bed liner. Optional phaser rifle-rack, novelty meteor stick shift and heavy duty windshield wipers help set this workhorse apart from the others! Also available with this introductory offer are a professionally installed universal translator, dual beverage can holder and a free roll of duct tape for those emergency off-starlane repairs."

Rocket PicAnd you'd think that would be enough humor, but on the front and back of the cover card it continues.

The rocket itself, is a single 18mm motor U.F.O.-style rocket. Very, very colorful and after assembly, ready-to-fly without additional finishing.

The kit includes an 18mm motor mount, 3/32" balsa fin stock, five (5) steel wires for the landing gear/antenna's, self-adhesive fin patterns and finish paper, a glossy cardstock shroud. There is a small piece of crepe paper streamer and a launch lug as well.

Click to see my 18mm U.F.O. comparison article

CONSTRUCTION:

The instructions are printed on 4 pages of 8½ x 11" paper. This includes the entertaining introduction (quoted above) as well as 18 construction steps and 15 illustrative figures to assist in the build. They are logical and clear. The kit is rated as a level 2, however, I believe it is a bit beyond that due to the various techniques in steel wire bending and sticker application.

There is quite a bit of cutting to do with this kit. You may develop a worn spot on your fingers from using your scissors so much, but the end result is worth it.

StickersThe five (5) left fin patterns are cut out of the self-adhesive (sticker) paper. These are then peeled and stuck onto the balsa stock directly. This is done before any cutting on the balsa since they act as your cutting guides. I had a very touch time separating the sticker from the backing. This is my only complaint about the assembly of this rocket. Maybe it was just me, but nonetheless, I struggled.

After the five patterns are stuck to the balsa, the fins are cut out using a hobby knife. Take your time and use a sharp knife. There are various angles and a curve to cut. The sticker helps greatly.

Once cut out, these are flipped over and the five right fin pattern stickers are cut out and stuck onto the fins. Fins are finished!

On the sticker sheet, there is a motor tube wrap. This is cut out and stuck onto the 18mm motor tube. It is now finished.

The fins are then glued onto the marks on the tube wrap sticker and using the fin alignment guide. Once dry, the shroud is cut out and glued onto the fins and attached to the motor tube. Although a bit time consuming to cut out, it assembled with great ease.

Ready for Shroud

The five (5) steel wires now have to be formed. There are patterns to see how they are to be bent. I found the length of my steel wires to be longer than the patterns. So I ensured the vertical section and the tip matched the template. This meant the extra length was used up in the angled-straight section going away from the body.

The wires are bent in such a way that they hook onto the bottom of each fin. These are then glued in place.

DetailsThe launch lug is added and then on to the last step. I will outline that for you: "For the final touch, you will notice a small black oval over the '4x4' on one of the door panels. Using your razor knife, bore a small hole, removing that oval. Take a small square of the red streamer material provided, crumple or fold it and poke it into this hole, apply a drop of glue to the back side to secure it. There, you've just made your redneck gas cap!"

Once complete, look over all the graphics on the rocket. They are nicely done.

Overall, for CONSTRUCTION I would rate this kit 4 ½ points. The instructions are excellent. The humor is a bonus. The quality of components is excellent.

FLIGHT/RECOVERY:

FlisKits recommends the B6-0 or C6-0 motors. The motors need to be friction fit using some masking tape.

FlightMy finished Pheord weighed in at 0.9 ounces as opposed to FlisKits printed material suggesting 1.4 ounces. I don't know the difference, but perhaps the original Pheord has a thrust ring and motor hook (wish this one did).

I have flown the rocket three times, all on C6-0's and all in my front yard. It is a consistent flyer. Straight up, flip and float down to land on the wire landing gear. This would make a fun school rocket or a demo rocket.

For FLIGHT/RECOVERY, I would rate this rocket 4 points. It is a perfect flier as a U.F.O. My point reductions come from the lack of a motor hook and thrust ring. That is the only thing that could be added to push this on to a perfect score.

I give the rocket an OVERALL rating of 4 ½ points. It is fun (and funny) to build. No finishing is necessary. And a colorful and consistent flier. The Pheord is phantastic!


Rating
(Contributed - by Dan Westley - 06/15/03)

CONSTRUCTION:
Being newish to this hobby, I'm slowly working my way through the different types of rocket there are to offer. My first cluster was Fliskits' superb Deuce's Wild; having had a lot of fun building and flying that one, I looked to Fliskits' Pheord X150 for my first saucer type. As Fliskits don't yet have a vendor in the UK, I have to buy direct from Fliskits - they are great to deal with, and are very prompt in sending out goods. It only takes about 5-6 days for me to get my goodies! All goods are well packaged for transport; my Pheord package had a bashed corner, but the kit inside was unharmed.

The package also contained a handful of Fliskits catalogues, and a personal letter from Jim - nice touch. Like other Fliskit kits, my Pheord came in a very attractive display bag. Eye catching design, individually numbered (mine is #16), and the contents visible through the back. Everything was present and correct, and of the usual best quality associated with Fliskits products.

The kit is essentially a 18mm body tube, surrounded by five fins, covered with a card shroud. There are also five steel 'antenna', which are used as shock absorbers for the airbrake landing. Special note must be made of the quality of the balsa supplied with this kit (and all Fliskits kits, it seems). Having only used Estes quality balsa before discovering Fliskits, these kits are a dream to build balsa-wise. On my Deuce, I only did the minimum of sanding/sealing on the balsa parts, as having the grain of a quality balsa showing through the paint looks pretty cool to me.

The instructions are very concise, and very clear. At no point was I left thinking "what do they mean there?", unlike experiences I've had with supposedly easier models from 'other' manufacturers. Almost all steps have a well drawn diagram, and there are hints and tips for construction, throughout the documentation.

Construction starts with the fins. The fin patterns double up as decals on the final model. First the left side ones. These are stuck onto the balsa, the fins are cut, and then the right side decals are attached. The decals are printed on that 'cracked' backed peel-and-stick paper, and this is where I have my first gripe about this model. In order to 'crack' the backing paper, you have to crease the decal, which spoils it. I got round this by using the blade of my hobby knife to 'pick' at the edges of the stickers, until I had enough backing paper free to get a grip .... a rather tedious task, I found.

Next, the bodytube decal is attached around the outside of the central tube. This was about 1mm short, and left a small amount of bodytube showing. This was later covered by a fin, so is mostly unnoticeable. In mentioned this in a short review I posted on the Rocketry Forum, and received an almost immediate reply from Jim who says he’s looking into it immediately - theres a good example of the high level of customer service to be expected from Fliskits.

Attaching the fins is next. To help this a handy fin guide is included, which requires a spent engine to be glued in the middle, to take the central bodytube. The fins are then attached by lining them up to the lines on the guide. Owning a Deuce, I have PLENTY of spent engines. After the fins have been left to dry, the shroud is cut out from best quality card; 'structural' folds made, and then glued to the top edges of the fins. The fin guide ensured that the shroud fitted precisely.

There is a lot of cutting involved in this model; to help I invested in a small (200x100mm) self-healing cutting mat, which came with a hobby knife. This cost less than a fiver, from my local stationary shop. I'd consider a piece of kit, like this, to be essential in building a model with this much cutting involved; and is a very handy item to have for general template cutting etc.

Now onto the 'antenna'. These are made of five 150x1mm lengths of steel wire, which require bending into shape, with a pair of long nosed pliers. The steel used is VERY strong (again, reflecting the high standards of Fliskits component quality), and was a bit of a devil to bend. This said, I managed to bend one joint the wrong way, and in trying to correct this snapped the wire (DOH!). I calculated that this 'antenna', could be bodged onto the model, and carried on with a broken 'antenna'. The 'antenna' are then attached along the sides of the fins, and a launch lug attached. The snapped 'antenna' came in handy here, as it meant there was a side of a fin with no wire, making gluing on of the launch lug easy.

The instructions then advise you to apply a thin film of glue along all the exposed edges, in order to seal them. After attaching the "Custom Red-Rag Anti-Matter Cap", the bird is ready to go, and looks great! There is a lot of detail, and humour, in the artwork; and is a good colour to show up in the sky.

Construction Rating: 4 ½ out of 5 The decal backing paper, and the bodytube decal not fitting lost the 1/2 point. Rating should be 4.75 but 1/2 is the smallest I can deduct

FLIGHT/RECOVERY:
The Pheord is designed to fly on B6-0 and C6-0 engines. I used a B6-0 for the first flight. Prepping is very easy; shove in an igniter, whack the engine into the centre tube, tape it in and Bob's you're auntie's living lover! No messing about with wadding or recovery devices. After taking a photo on the pad, the Pheord was launched. It went straight up, leaving a lovely smoke trail (being a calm evening, the smoke lingered for a while). At motor burnout, the bird arced over, and fell to earth.

Descent was stable, straight, and graceful; the model landing on the 'antenna', bouncing once. A very quick, and fun, flight. I then launched it on a C6-0. This should be the only motor recommended for this bird. This engine really does the Pheord proud. You get a much higher flight, much better smoke trails, and a more satisfying 'whoosh' noise. The Pheord still landed only a few meters from the pad, so there’s no danger of loosing it - even on the smallest field. I then got my friend to launch it (on a C6-0), whilst I attempted to get some launch photos - again, another superb flight and recovery. I've included some photos of this flight.

Flight/Revovery Rating: 5 out of 5 - add a bonus point when flying on a C

OVERALL:
This is, typically for Fliskits, a VERY good kit overall. At only just over £11 including shipping from the USA, this kit is exceptional value for money. Estes kits cost more than that, over here, before you add delivery costs! The kit looks very durable; having suffered no damage, or noticeable wear, after three flights. I hope to have many more C powered flights with this bird. The documentation (instructions and face card etc) is littered with tongue-in-cheek jokes about red-necks. Some of the more subtle jokes are probably lost on a Brit, like me, but I did find some of the jokes most amusing. I especially liked the 'things NOT recommended for building OR flying...' section. The face card also contained launching requirements for another Fliskits product (the HUGE Richter Recker). I pointed this rather embarrassing (and amusing) typo out to Jim on the Rocketry Forum, and he’s going to correct this on the next print run of the face cards. The emphasis, with this bird, is on fun, fun, fun; and it provides! Its challenging, but uncomplicated, to build for an experienced beginner like myself. Easy to prep, and great fun to fly.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 If you dont have one - get one! If enough people get one, Jim will be able to reprint the face card, and lose the embarrasing Richter Recker typo!

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07/05 - "With respect to the D13 flights below, please note that I overbuilt my Pheord X150. I gave the fins a coat of thin CA and a sanding before applying the decal laminations. Fins and the shroud were first attached to the engine tube with CA, and then all joints were reinforced with epoxy fillets. A Pheord built with conventional white glue or with less reinforcement may SHRED with this non-recommended motor." (M.J.S. )

[Enter Flight Log]
Date Name Motor Ejection/
Altitude
Wind Notes
02-29-2004 EMRR Est SU C6-0 None - Tumble Calm - First flight. Off it went, turned over at apogee and landed on the wire landing pads... right in the snow. Good flight
02-29-2004 EMRR Est SU C6-0 None - Tumble Calm - Repeat of first flight, almost caught this one.
03-10-2004 EMRR Est SU C6-0 None - Tumble Calm - Another successful flight of this consistent back yard flier.
05-27-2004 EMRR Est SU B6-3 None - Tumble Calm Flight Picture - Drag race with the Model Minutes Flying Spider. Not really a fair race since the Spider had a C6 in it. The Pheord was off faster, much faster, but didn't get the altitude that the Spider did.
05-29-2005 EMRR Est SU C6-0 None - Tumble Calm - Nice flight up and down
08-24-2009 EMRR Qst SU C6-0 None - Tumble Calm - Haven't flown it in a while, but nice launch on the Quest motor.
04-25-2010 Dale Marshall Est SU B6-0 None - Tumble 0-5 mph winds - A quick launch for the Two At Once photo contest. The Pheord launched first so the picture was spoiled. However, another fine flight of this excellent saucer kit.
04-25-2010 Dale Marshall Est SU C6-0 None - Unknown 0-5 mph winds Flight Picture - A quick launch for the Two At Once photo contest. Hooked up with a clip whip this time so the photo was good. Another perfect launch and recovery.
05-31-2010 Dale Marshall Est SU C6-0 None - Tumble 0-5 mph winds - Another perfect flight for this excellent flying saucer!
10-08-2004 Steve Ramberg Est SU C6-0 None - Tumble 5-10 mph winds - Launched as a 2-stage with one of the FlisKits Triple Threat 13mm saucers (A10-0). Perfectly straight and with the Triple Threat lighting as expected. Both recovered close to the pad.
06-17-2005 Mike Sherrod AT RMS D13-7 None - Tumble 5-10 mph winds - I decided to test my new AT RMS 18/20 in my trusty Pheord, on the low and slow principle. Made C6-0 flight first for comparison. Usual cool flight to about 75ft. Subsequent D13 flight was louder, smokier, faster to 100+ ft. Woo-hoo !
06-25-2005 Mike Sherrod AT RMS D13-7 None - Tumble 5-10 mph winds Event: CMASS Launch
- Had to repeat this for the CMASS crowd, especially since Jim Flis attends our launches. A great flight with a sky-ripping sound and a great column of black smoke. Jim was heard to say something like That one must have had a Hemi !
10-30-2002 Mitchell Small Est SU B6-0 None - Tumble Calm Event: Trailblazer's Rocket Campout
- Hey Earl, didja see 'at?
10-30-2005 Mitchell Small Est SU C6-5 None - Unknown Calm Event: Trailblazer's Rocket Campout
- This one got more laughs than anything else that weekend. Ran out of zero delay engines.
10-30-2005 Mitchell Small Est SU C6-5 None - Tumble Calm - Part of 8 rocket mass launch. Put Orange surveyors chalk down open end. Ejection charge looked like spectacular backfire.
10-14-2006 Mitchell Small Est SU B6-0 None - Tumble 5-10 mph winds Event: Trailblazer's Rocket Campout 2006
- Always a crowd pleaser! Winds were unpredictable but the recovery was still just a short walk away.
11-04-2007 Mitchell Small Est SU B6-0 None - Tumble 0-5 mph winds Event: Trailblazer Fall Rocket Campout
- First flight of the day to check wind drift . . . there was none! Landed a few feet from launcher. Not a high flyer, but always a crowd pleaser.
11-04-2007 Mitchell Small Est SU C6-0 None - Tumble 0-5 mph winds Event: Trailblazer Fall Rocket Campout
- Back by popular demand.
06-13-2004 Chan Stevens Est SU B6-0 Apogee - NC Up 5-10 mph winds -
06-06-2003 Dan Westley Est SU B6-0 None - Tumble Calm - Maiden Flight - never seen a ufo-type fly before - most impresed. Fast and Fun!
06-06-2003 Dan Westley Est SU C6-0 None - Tumble Calm - Piccy of Pheord in flight, in the above review came from this launch ..... This bird ROCKS!
06-06-2003 Dan Westley Est SU C6-0 None - Tumble Calm - WOW! This thing is cool on a C! Fully recomended!
06-15-2003 Dan Westley Est SU B6-0 None - Tumble Calm - Another cool flight. I love the way this bird descends, looks just like a ufo :-)
06-15-2003 Dan Westley Est SU B6-0 None - Tumble Calm - Lovely flight. Landed 3m from pad. B motors arn't as cool as Cs in this model.
06-30-2003 Dan Westley Est SU C6-0 None - Tumble Calm - Quick flight to start the afternoon's launching
06-30-2003 Dan Westley Qst SU C6-0 None - Tumble Calm - Again, VERY LOUD. These Quest motors certainly score more on the old dB scale!!
06-30-2003 Dan Westley Qst SU C6-0 None - Tumble Calm - VERY LOUD!!
07-07-2003 Dan Westley Qst SU C6-0 None - Tumble Calm - 1st flight of the sesh, nice bird for testing the wind.

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