Estes 1827 Ready-To-Fly Starter Set

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Jan 20, 2009
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Hi all, I'm a complete newbie to this stuff having flown only RC planes and helis in the past, but I've always had a soft spot for model rockets, and I was out flying planes with my 3 & 5 year old boys a week or so ago when we saw a guy arrive at the field with a bag full of rockets. He launched and retrieved about 5 times so we went over for a closer look and a chat about his models.

He had primarily scratch built models and had been doing it for about 20 years. He suggested that I speak to the guys at my local hobby store and get hold of a small starter kit that will teach me the basics and at the same time keep the boys ammused too!!

To be quite honest, I didn't even know that the hobby store I'd been going to for the past 10 years even sold rockets, but sure enough down the back of the store, hidden in behind the balsa wood and carbon fibre were several rocket kits from Estes and Quest. I decided on the Estes 1827 Ready-To-Fly starter set which included the launh pad, launch controller, parachute, rocket, wadding and instructions. At the insistance of the guy at the park I also picked up an additional bag of wadding and of courses a pack of Estes C6-3 engines.

It looks to be a very complete kit and seems to have just about everything we're going to need to get the job done apart from the engines. I think it might be illegal to sell a kit including engines here in Australia!!

I don't have any flight reports yet, hoping to take the boys out to launch it in the morning so I'll post a first flight report later with a video of the first launch and hopefully the recovery too.

I've been at a bit of a loss finding some good beginner resources on-line though, so if anybody has any links for first timers like me it would be greatly appreciated!!

Cheers from Sydney Australia

Todd :D

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Well welcome there! It's funny but, you've chosen the exact same starter set that I began with back in 2004. I think you're really going to enjoy this hobby. There's just something about the "woosh" of a launch and the gentle recovery that becomes addicting.

The next thing you need to be aware of is what I call the "collection addiction" when you simply start realizing how many great kits there are out there. I've run the math on my collection and it'd take me years to complete everything I've picked up. But, I guess that's what retirement is for, eh?

As far as on-line resources, I'm going to be honest . . . you've already found it, right here. And that's my thoughts and experiences before I took a role on here. Stay and enjoy!
Welcome to the wonderful world of rocketry! You are in for a delightful ride!

You and your boys will have a great time. My son is 19 already and rockety and rocket launches are still one of the things we always do together.

Good Luck and best times.
Thanks for the warm welcome guys, and I'm well familiar with the "Collection Addiction" concept having around 12 flyable models in my plane hangar!! As for the rocket, I have to say that we had an absolute ball this morning... got two launches in before the cricket players arrived with my 5 year old son Harrison pressing the launch button on both occasions!! The look of excitement on both the boy's faces, (And probably on my own too...) was just priceless.

The first launch was as close to perfect as I could have hoped for, whilst the second launch didn't exactly go to plan. The nose cone and parachute seperated from the body and floated away over the main road to the residential area and all attempts to recover it failed. DAMN PEOPLE ON HOLIDAYS!!

We did manage to recover the undamaged main rocket body and it'll fly again after I get on-line and order a few spares!! I was amazed how high it got... not sure how high, but I estimate that it took somewhere between 45 seconds and 1 minute to touch down on the first launch. It looked like a tiny spec up in the sky and the sound was pretty impressive too, but we had a tense moment when the wind changed mid-flight, and the seperated rocket body looked like it was going to land smack in the middle of the main road... luckily it missed!!

There's a short video of the morning's flights on Youtube, just click the link below and also click on the "Watch in High Quality" link and Enjoy!! Please ignore my profanity just after the second launch. This was when it looked like it was going to land in the middle of the busy main road!! You just can't beat that SWOOOOOOOSH sound that the engine makes can you!! I'll be back with more after the next launch, after I re-stock the engines and pick up a new nose cone & chute.


Todd Clarke

First Rocket Launches Video (Moron Alert: Date on video title should read 2009!!)
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Very nice, and thanks for the vids...I have yet to fly this year for the bad weather, so it's nice to see someone out doing it on the other side of the Earth! Keep 'em coming!

I have kept busy myself building, got a Starchaser Thunderstar and a D-Region Tomahawk built and waiting a good day to paint. I might go to work on the Outlander next, because that will likely take me till Spring to complete...
Welcome Aboard! I'm fairly new to the hobby also...less than a year. I began with a starter set almost identical to yours. The only difference was my starter rocket was a Patriot.

Well, you've come to the right place. Since here, I have been trying to soak up every bit of knowledge from these friendly, enthusistic folks. They have made my transition into model rocketry a pleasure.
I've been at a bit of a loss finding some good beginner resources on-line though, so if anybody has any links for first timers like me it would be greatly appreciated!!

Welcome to the fun, flaming, smokey world of rocketry. I got addicted about 2 years ago.

Some good resources:

In addition to this forum
Excellent reference books available from Apogee and elsewhere:
> Model Rocket Design and Construction
> Modern High Power Rocketry - 2nd Ed.