- Oct 21, 2014
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Although I'm not a big scale modeler I've always loved the Nike Smoke. Last Christmas, I got a Polecat Aerospace 5.5" Nike Smoke as a gift from my mother. This is a builder's kit. If you want to tackle this bird, make sure you have at least a weekend to get it together. It might take a week or more depending on how you end up painting it. The version of the kit I had has a gel coated fiberglass nose cone which required litterally hours of sanding and hand fitting to make it fit on the airframe. I talked to the kit's manufacturer and they told me they have switched to a new, more precise mold so you don't have to sand as much. The rocket's airframe is glassed paper tube with pre-done slots for the plywood fins. The fins come beveled and look very nice. Polecat gives you ample room for any size motor you might want to fly. The mount tube occupies about 75% of the airframe. The parachute can be packed into the remainder with little effort. This is one of the most beefy kits I have ever built. Polecat Aerospace designs its kits for the abuse of flying in the deserts and dry lakebeds of the Pacific Southwest. I've flown my Nike several times on full K motors with no problems. I've even seen Polecat Nike Smokes fly on baby-M motors with little modification. The thing is rock-solid. Polecat chose to leave the parachute and motor retention up to the builder. I like to use safety wire but an Aeropack would probably be even better. For laundry I use a rocketman R4C which brings the rocket down fast but without damage. This is a great kit. Thanks Andy! I give it 10 thumbs up. Here's a picture of my Nike Smoke "Smokey" flying on a Cesaroni Pro 54 K660.