Quantcast

2010 ESTES Saturn V

The Rocketry Forum

Help Support The Rocketry Forum:

Delta-IV

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 18, 2009
Messages
1,079
Reaction score
3
Well, I finally got around to building my Estes Saturn V I bought a few years back. I decided to make it capable of a 5 motor cluster by making 1/8" lite ply centering rings, 3D printed fin fairings and a 3D printed LEM shroud.

My thought was to fly it on a single E18-4 for the first flight but unfortunately, my stock of two E18's had lost the sheet telling if it had a 4 second or 7 second delay charge. I wanted the 4 second only. So lesson learned here is, don't make last second substitutes. So I used an Estes E12-4 motor, boy was that a mistake.

After re-build it will go with a minimum of an F21 on a single motor or a cluster of black powder motors only.


I am posting this as a caution to anyone who has bought these kits, even building to stock, a D12 or E12 will be an under-powered flight.

IMG_1671.jpg


IMG_1674.jpg


IMG_1692.jpg
 
Last edited:

Flyfalcons

Well-Known Member
Joined
Apr 14, 2015
Messages
2,448
Reaction score
606
That really sucks to see on such a beautiful kit. After my last D12-3 flight on mine, I decided no more of that. Will add a little nose weight and just fly it on E20s, at minimum, from now on.
 

jeff_j_black

Well-Known Member
Joined
Oct 31, 2014
Messages
235
Reaction score
0
The 24/60 AT F35 reload is good for the Saturn V. You just need rethink the engine block/motor retention for the longer 24 mm cases
 

ROCKETMANIA

Member
Joined
Aug 8, 2016
Messages
6
Reaction score
0
Last second swaps are never good - Gene Kranz would NOT approve. ;)

Beautiful rocket tho, hope the rebuild goes well and you get it airborne again soon!
 
Top