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REV 2.4 - Tue Aug 17 07:30:51 2010

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Estes Industries
Little Joe II (0892)
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SPECS: 10.5" x 1.54" - 1.02 oz
ROCKSIM FILE: MISSING - please submit here
SpaceCAD FILE: MISSING - please submit here
REC'D MOTORS: A3-4T, A10-3T

Rating
(Contributed - by Matt Gillard [Who's Who Page] - 01/10/09)

Little JoeBrief:
A 1/100th scale rocket that's been out of production for some time now. This version #0892 was the second that Estes produced, the first being the K-30.

I built this rocket more or less at the start of my rocket building history. It was my first scale rocket, and I did not do a great job on it. Its had quite a few flights now and is starting to show wear and tear. I'm writing the review because there are so many flight logs and they need something to sit under.

Construction:
Kit consists of:

  • 1 launch lug
  • Estes paper shock cord mount
  • 1 length elastic shock cord
  • 12 inch parachute (Needs to be made)
  • Bag of Apollo capsule parts
  • Body tube
  • Engine mount tube
  • Engine hook
  • balsa fins strip
  • Decal sheet
  • Printed roll pattern
  • Embossed body wrap
  • Screw eye
  • Die cut rings

To build the kit I used:

  • Model knife
  • Aluminium oxide sand paper
  • White PVA glue
  • Enamel spray paint

The rocket was an interesting build mainly because unlike recent Estes kits, the Little Joe II rocket requires some skill.

The motor mount build was like all motor mounts, but the only modification I made was to add a length of Kevlar cord between the motor mount and the shock cord, which was the old style elastic. The mount is then glued into the body tube.

An embossed sheet of cardstock is then wrapped around the body tube using spray adhesive. (My rocket build did not have this wrap, as I ruined the wrap before this stage--this is why I originally did not write a review). Strips of card are then added to the body tube, covering the seam.

The four fins are cut from a triangular strip of quite dense balsa using a fin pattern. The fins are unusual in shape. Fillets of white glue are then added to the joins between fins and body tube.

Silver spray paint is used to cover the bottom part of the body tube; the top part will have a printed wrap added.

Nose The nose cone is a more difficult build and is probably why the rocket has been given a skill level of three, although I think the build is more like a hard 2. The capsule is plastic and comes in several parts. Plastic cement is needed. The trickiest part is keeping everything in place whilst the cement sets. The screw eye is then fixed to the base of the capsule.

A further wrap is then added to the top of the body tube.

Finishing:
Waterslide decals are supplied which went on well, although the top decal is difficult to apply.

Construction Rating: 4 out of 5

Flight:
Flies on A3-4T, A10-3T motors, which the instructions says give a height of 425 feet.

The body tube has plenty of space for the parachute, which needs to be protected by 3-4 sheets of wadding.

Flights are good, check out the logs below.

Recovery:
12-inch parachute provided a decent rate of descent.

Flight Rating: 4 out of 5

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5

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GUEST's OPINION:
02/09 - "The Estes 1/100 scale Apollo Little Joe II was more of a re-issue of the Centuri version when the two merged. I had the Centuri kit, but it had an 18mm motor mount and included chrome corrugated body wrap and chrome overlay for the fins. Other than that, the two kits are pretty much identical." (D.W.M.)

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Date Name Motor Ejection/
Altitude
Wind Notes
02-17-2002 Bob Bernatchez Est SU A10-3 Apogee - NC Up 10+ mph winds - Parachute did not deploy. No damage.
02-17-2002 Bob Bernatchez Est SU A10-3 Apogee - NC Up 10+ mph winds - Perfect flight.
10-19-2002 Bob Bernatchez Est SU A10-3 Apogee - NC Up 5-10 mph winds - Parachute never opened. Recovered without damage.
10-20-2002 Bob Bernatchez Est SU A3-4 Apogee - Perfect 0-5 mph winds - Perfect Flight!
04-27-2003 Bob Bernatchez Est SU A3-4 Apogee - NC Down 0-5 mph winds - Great flight to end the weekend.
11-16-2003 Bob Bernatchez Est SU A10-3 Apogee - Perfect 5-10 mph winds - Perfect flight.
12-13-2003 Bob Bernatchez Est SU A10-3 Apogee - NC Up 10+ mph winds - Another great flight.
04-17-2004 Bob Bernatchez Est SU A3-4 Apogee - NC Down 5-10 mph winds - Great flight!
12-19-2004 Bob Bernatchez Est SU A10-3 Just Past (1-2sec) 10+ mph winds - Good flight.
04-16-2005 Bob Bernatchez Est SU A10-3 Apogee - NC Up 10+ mph winds - Wind had died down considerably by the time I launched this one.Only one all day that didn't eject on the way down.
06-26-2005 Bob Bernatchez Est SU A3-4 Apogee - NC Down 5-10 mph winds - Nominal flight.
03-17-2007 Bob Bernatchez Est SU A3-4 Just Past (1-2sec) 10+ mph winds - Good flight on a windy day.
07-22-2007 Bob Bernatchez Est SU A10-3 Apogee - NC Up 5-10 mph winds - Great flight.
03-16-2008 Bob Bernatchez Est SU A10-3 Apogee - NC Down Gusty - Good flight.
11-23-2008 Bob Bernatchez Est SU A3-4 Apogee - NC Down 0-5 mph winds - Good flight
08-07-2009 Bob Bernatchez Est SU A10-3 Apogee - Perfect 0-5 mph winds Event: Schiele Museum 4H Demo
- Great flight
10-17-2006 Donald Besaw Est SU A3-4 Just Past (1-2sec) 0-5 mph winds - Great first flight of this nice little rocket. Very nice and surprisingly slow flight to maybe 300 feet. Excellent recovery, tower came back completely intact as well. No damage.
11-11-2006 Donald Besaw Est SU A10-3 Apogee - Perfect 0-5 mph winds - Great flight, arrow straight boost to maybe 300 feet and a perfect apogee deployment. I love the way this little rocket flies. No damage.
11-09-2006 Matt Gillard Est SU A10-3 Apogee - NC Down Calm - perfect flight, a great little rocket
01-02-2007 Matt Gillard Est SU A10-3 Didn't Record 10+ mph winds - great straight flight, parachute got tangled, no damage on landing
02-20-2007 Matt Gillard Est SU 1/2A3-2 Apogee - NC Down Calm - good low flight
   

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