(Contributed - by Duane Boldt - 07/31/10)
This is a modified Estes Mini Max with a 4" longer , inverted fins and Kevlar®
shock cord connected to the . The model was built and the review submitted as part of the 2010 EMRR
Challenge for the "Hit List" component.
Most of this build was done per the stock Estes Mini Max instructions.
The following were deviations from the original.
The elastic shock cord was replaced by a 30" piece of Kevlar®
cord. This was mounted to the motor mount with a loop in the cord behind the forward .
The fins were also mounted inverted to the original model.
The screw eye was glued in the nose cone using 15 minute epoxy.
- 1 - 13mm Engine Mount Tube
- 1 - Estes
- 1 - Hook Retainer
- 1 - 13mm
- 2 - Laser Cut Centering Rings
- 1 - 9" BT-50 Body Tube
- 3 - Laser Cut Balsa Fins
- 1 -
- 1 -
- 1 - Balsa
- 1 - Kevlar®
- 1 - 12" Plastic Estes
- 1 - Waterslide Decal Sheet
The balsa fins and nose cone were very good quality and were easy to sand smooth and finish.
Fillets were applied to the fins and launch lug and let to dry.
The instructions called for filling and sanding the nose cone and fins. I did this, but did not fill the body
I wanted to compare the different to a stock Mini Max I built and had filled the spirals on the body tube.
Filling in the spirals does make a difference.
I used cheaper ColorPlace and paint from Wal-Mart with very good results. It's about 1/3 the cost of the
Krylon they sell and I often get better results with the cheaper one. Both brands are made by the same company.
The waterslide decals are applied last. After they had dried for a day, I painted Future floor wax over them with
a fine, flat paint brush to seal and protect them.
I flew all 3 flights on Estes A3-4T motors and all flights were great. We did have an issue
with a dirty clip on the first , but that was no fault of the rocket...
Recovery on the Estes 12" parachute was perfect. Even in the wind, we did not have to go
far to collect the rocket and there was no damage after 3 flights on the A3-4T motors.
This modification actually turned out really nice. Many people at the field actually like it
better than the stock Estes Mini Max. I like them both as a pair myself. They are fun little kits to build that look