(by Al Gloer - 06/29/06)
The first commercially available ready to fly (RTF) 29mm .
It's RTF, so there really are not any parts. I mean really ready to fly. Just
stick in a motor, stuff in some wadding and parachute, and fly.
It's well made. I mean how do you mess up a wire spool and some decals?
There is an integral 29mm motor mount with a spring clip style motor retention.
A basic LOC nylon parachute is attached to the other end. The instructions
state that the system is designed around the AT RMS and the 29-40/120 is a
perfect fit. The Cool Spool ships with a spacer for use with shorter motors.
There is also a large cardboard ring that will serve as a stand.
One thing I found mildly frustrating was the with the built in motor
Unless you count taking it out of the bag as "finishing", there ain't
much to talk about here...
½ out of 5
This was one of the first public launches of the Cool Spool. I did not have one
of the AT reloads available so I chose a Roadrunner F60-4. I expect because of
the very draggy design and the fact that there is a parachute, using the
shortest delay possible is advisable.
off the pad was quick and as would be expected for a spool. I mean it's about
as aerodynamic as a brick. I figure the flight was about 250 to 300 feet. As
soon as the thrust stopped, it arced over and the parachute deployed.
The retention system was somewhat incompatible with the built in thrust ring
provided by Roadrunner. A few moments with a Dremel on the thrust ring and I
was all set. I dropped a bit of dog barf above the motor and more or less
stuffed the parachute into the end.
out of 5
It's an RTF spool rocket. While the challenge here is zero, it's just a spot of
fun. If you like oddrocs and want something to amuse the other fliers, this
would be a great add to your fleet.
½ out of 5