(Contributed - by Greg Deeter - 07/15/04)
This is the Centuri Nike Smoke (KS-15) that was offered from 1969 through 1981.
It's a 1/10 scale model of the weather rocket. It was called a large scale
kit back then. There was a later Quest kit that had a three piece and
plastic fins, yet this is the original with fins, one piece nose cone and
a cooling .
Original package contained :
- ST-16 13"
- PNC-167 Nose Cone (Unique for this kit)
- 18mm engine tube, hook and three piece baffle with cap
- Plastic centuri , shroud lines with round stickers
- Simple decals that just say "UNITED STATES"
- 1/8" balsa fin stock (4 fins)
- 1/8" launch lugs (off set to clear nose cone)
- Very plain and clear instructions (C) 1971
- Fin alignment guide
- Rubber Band
This is a very easy to build kit and it's cooling baffle is unique. It takes
a experienced builder about an hour while watching TV at the same time.
Since it's a vintage kit I have retained the original shock cord, yet I have
added a Kevlar
mount and nylon cord with a 12" red cloth chute.
Very simple to finish. Just a coat of white and then two UNITED STATES text
decals. Instructions suggest painting three of the fins yellow and one red, but
I did not do that. A US Flag decal was added to make it unique.
out of 5
First flight on a B6-3 was just fine but it popped a fin at landing (when I
caught it). Better white glue fin fillets will be added. While the baffle
should not required use of , a piece of lettuce or two works fine as
well. As this is an extremely rare vintage kit (imagine trying to find another
nose cone?) I probably won't be flying it much. Stronger fillets will let it
see some C6-5 flights soon.
Impossible to rate the original plastic chute as it was so old I did not use
it. The original chute was fine I am sure as this is not a complicated rocket.
The cloth chute works fine and the body tube is large enough for it. The
original rubber band will ride in it every time but not be used. It's mounted
with an Estes type fold over mount inside the body tube just above the end of
the baffle. The mount I added is through the end of the baffle.
out of 5
This was a wonderful rocket kit, big for back then and it looks nice and will
perform perfectly. A snap to build. If you can find one of these old kits, it's
a great way to go back and revisit the early years of model rocketry.
out of 5