(Contributed - by Casey Smith)
This was one of the pro series line of kits Estes offered in the early 90's. It
is a basic dual engine 24 mm rocket with some upgraded components. It has a
very nice yellow nylon chute for recovery.
The kit comes with the pre slotted main body tube, a "payload"
section, and 2 motor tubes. It has 4 balsa fins that come with spruce to
reinforce the edges of the balsa with. It has the basic nose cone, and a build
your own type of interlocking motor mount to help secure the fins. The shock
cord is actually mounted to a piece of basswood near the top of the main tube.
This could be an early anti design. Nicely done! I lengthened the motor
mount tubes and built them with 30 minute epoxy in hopes of flying this kit on
2 G55's. I have not done that yet.
The directions are fairly easy to follow, but they are a little confusing
about how to build this motor mount. It is similar to an Aerotech interlock fin
design, that when the fins slide into the body, the slots help hold the fins in
place and are quit nice for what they are intended for. I can't imagine they
thought you needed this much reinforcement for just flying on D's. I secretly
think they were there for the "EXPLOSIVE" power of some of Estes's E
engines! The mount actually is strong enough to take E30's no problem. The fins
are a snap to put on. The rest of the rocket can be assembled almost
simultaneously after the motor mount is secured. I did brush on a layer of
resin to fill the balsa fins and help protect them. The kit comes with some
large waterslide decals which really make it look sharp.
This kit is very easy to finish, and the decals look great on multi color paint
schemes. The kit really looks and flies great! I painted mine orange and blue
for the Syracuse Orangemen!
out of 5
I have flown this kit twice, on now extinct D12-7's and E30-7's. It goes really
nice on the D's, lots of fire and smoke. It really screams on the E30's.
The bright yellow 18 inch nylon chute is very easy to see, and the rocket
always lands gently. I used a screw holding a washer in between the motors for
out of 5
PRO - Easy "PRO SERIES" kit to build, easy to modify. Great flights,
great recovery system.
CON - They stopped making them.
out of 5