Here is a photo of my upscale Alpha, about the same size as a Maxi Alpha, but designed to fly on AT G61's.
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Bought my Maxi-Alpha III in 1987 - broken 1 fin off,easy repair.It had gotten so old body tubes got kind of soft which led to a short zipper.
Replaced upper body tube and shock cord mount. Loved this rocket,may it rest in peace-was lost 2 weeks ago at demo launch for after school
program. Will have to buy another. Oh during the repairs,I did epoxy fillets on fins. Don't know how they worked,school launch was first flight
with repairs made. It did look good going up.
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I quite agree. The Maxi Alpha III was one of the first ships I had built to fly 'E' impulse; I had great success with E15/E30 composites, and always enjoyed the flight profile. It's just a great flyer. Alas, my MA III eventually came in sideways due to a tangled chute, and that resulted in a snapped fin.
That just provided the impetus to clone one with less breakable fins. My clone below has 1/8" birch ply fins, and accumulated more than 20 flights before I decided to retire her. I've always enjoyed this model, and I'll have to build another just for the flying fun.
Gpoe, Which model weighs more,I has the original in the 70's too but have no idea. The balsa was an easier build,the fin can is more work for a beginner. Did anyone who built this notice the motor tube installed as measured barley reaches the aft support ring? All aside it flies great,an looks great too.
Last edited by georgeb; 2nd June 2012 at 01:53 PM. Reason: add relevant image
I have both the original kit and the later version with plastic fins. I like both kits but prefer the original with the sturdier balsa fins. Attached are links to my kits with flight data: