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Just finished building Fliskits Pheord X150 saucer (sorry, no pics, as my brother has absconded with my digital camera) and have a few comments...

1) Excellent quality parts, clear instructions, and good patterns for the wire antennae/landing gear. It's obvious a great deal of thought went into this kit. Humor abounds, whether it's in the kit description, kit card, or on the saucer itself (Take some time to study the details, especially on the shroud - they're a hoot).

Still trying to figure out what to do with the 18mm thrust ring that showed up in my kit. Ain't covered in the instructions and the EMRR reviews make it quite clear there isn't such in their kits. Is it possible that Jim is placing random parts in kits as some sort of 'rocketry IQ' test? :confused:

2) Separating the self-adhesive "peel and stick" fin patterns from their backing is indeed a pain in the a** - my experience parallels the EMRR reviews. Probably requires a girlfriend with sharp nails to help. This is one of the two "hard" parts of the build.

3) Lots of cutting - both balsa and paper. The peel and stick patterns make cutting the balsa fins simple, even with my shaky hand.

4) After the fins and shroud are cut out, the kit goes together quickly. I like the supplied fin alignment guide - it really facilitated the build.

5) Shaping the wire antennae is the 2nd hard part of construction, as the wire is not that easy to bend into the U shapes at both ends. However, a less-tough wire would probably not be as survivable, given that this thing is supposed to land on the antennae.

In short, a fun and somewhat challenging build. I built mine over the course of two evenings (allowing the fin/body tube joints to dry overnight), but you can easily complete the kit in a few hours. Fliskits rates this a skill level 2, but it felt like a 3 to me, mainly due to the two "hard" parts mentioned above.

My Pheord is scheduled to roll off the rack on a C6-0 this weekend. I'll let ya'll know how well this puppy does.
 
Bill,

Thank you for the wonderful review. Of all of the kits we've done, I had the most fun with the Pheord (as you can tell :) )

We have looked into a solution for the crack-n-peel and, to date, dislike all of the solutions that we've seen. Either due to print quality, adhesion, luster, whatever. For all the problems with peeling the backing, it is still the best we've found (beleive me we have, and will continue to look into that one)

I am hoping that when volumes justify going off-set printing that it will open up other (better) choices.

As for the wire, we are in a position where we need to order more wire for the next build. We are looking into two possible changes. 1) go with a softer wire, although as you pointed out, it may not have enough *memory* to really work in that application. 2) Go with a *thinner* wire, but of the same composition as what we currently use.

Either choice would make for easier bending...

After you fly her, you're going to have to go out and get you a Triple Threat kit so that you can fly them in two-stage mode! It's a real hoot! :)

jim
 
Originally posted by SpaceGarbageMan


Still trying to figure out what to do with the 18mm thrust ring that showed up in my kit. Ain't covered in the instructions and the EMRR reviews make it quite clear there isn't such in their kits.

This is a "Rocket Seed". You will need to go to Jim's site and purchase a bunch of components to grow it into a real cool scratch design. When it's all done, enter it into the Design of the Month contest, win a gift certificate, buy more components and do it all over again!!!:)
 
Originally posted by SpaceGarbageMan
Still trying to figure out what to do with the 18mm thrust ring that showed up in my kit. Ain't covered in the instructions and the EMRR reviews make it quite clear there isn't such in their kits. Is it possible that Jim is placing random parts in kits as some sort of 'rocketry IQ' test? :confused:

If I recall, my kit came with the thrust ring, but had a line (strike-through) in the kit parts list on the back of the placard.

You could use it to rest your epoxy mixture (toothpick) on in between steps, rather that making a mark on the table... :eek:

Nick
 
Originally posted by EMRR
If I recall, my kit came with the thrust ring, but had a line (strike-through) in the kit parts list on the back of the placard.

You could use it to rest your epoxy mixture (toothpick) on in between steps, rather that making a mark on the table... :eek:

Nick

Yea, we originally had that in there then meant to take it out (did for a bit) then folks asked for it back and I neglected to update the instructions.... Add another item to the "to do" list... :p

jim
 
The Pheord turned in a great flight on a C6-0 today - for pics and details of today's launch, see this thread.

A Quicktime movie of the complete flight (4.3 MB) can be had here.

Now I gotta buy the Triple Threat so I can 2 stage this beast :rolleyes:

Great design, Jim! Flies very well, far better than I expected.

Ya'll git yerselves one, ya hear? :D
 
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