Mini Engine Staged Rocket Kits?

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brockrwood

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I have some A10-0T (booster) engines in my inventory I want to use in a staged model rocket. I could scratch build a rocket to use them but I would rather start with a kit. I have never built a mini-engine (13mm) staged rocket.

I saw the Estes Mini Comanche 3 kit on a few rocket vendors' websites. Are there any other mini-engine powered, staged rocket kits I should consider?

Thanks in advance!
 
+1 on on the Checkmate. I LOVE it. I’ve worn out one (just under 50 flights, done in by a second stage that didn’t light over a very hard surface) and a second one that is somewhat well-used, with over 25 flights on it.

Consistently ~650 feet on A10-0T to A3-4T combo which is high enough to look really impressive with such a small model and it’s light enough that that little streamer assures a soft-enough landing. As usual the Estes ad copy max altitude estimate is rather optimistic….

John Boren told me yesterday (we were visiting at NSL) that he actually designed 5 little two-stagers (or was it six?) but only the Checkmate got approved for production. So if you want more, let Estes know!

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The Twin Factor is an interesting little model, and being saucer-like is great for small fields.
 
The Mini-Comanche 3 is a really fun flier, and it doesn’t go crazy high, as it’s fairly heavy with 3 motors.

My favorite is the Centuri FireFly, Semroc has laser cut fins and all the other bits to clone it.
 
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