LPR/MPR sport flier with an eye to HPR and scaleTRF Supporter
- Jul 29, 2021
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- Poway, CA
Not the most glorious end to the Estes Spirit, going OOP this year. I didn’t do a build thread for it, for one simple reason: there isn’t much to build.
I don’t dislike this kit, nor do I think there is anything special about it. Its features can be found on other Estes rockets of various other sizes. If they’re doing a neck-down, this is a good one to cut.
Why did I buy it, then? Well, it’s an inexpensive LPR rocket that will stay low on C6-3 and C6-5 motors. I originally wanted to fly it on their rough equivalent from AeroTech, the Q-Jet C12-4FJ, but HobbyTown in Santee only had the -6s, so it will likely fly on one of those this weekend. Its suitability to these motors, combined with its low price and recent OOP status, meant that I threw it in an order with two other kits.
The self-stick decals are prone to static cling, and the wraps on the ends of the body tube are different sizes but not clearly differentiated on the decal sheet. As a result, I initially placed them in the wrong spots and peeled off some of the body tube finish when I tried to fix them. I really wish that they would have just moved the launch lug forward and made the stripe decals the same. Putting a warning in the instructions that this might happen would have been another good solution. Maybe one of these days I’ll get around to fixing the tear in the outer coating that you can see at the joint with the fin can.
Or maybe I’ll give it to a kid.