What are your least favorite (or most hated) rocket designs?

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I hate those ten-fin, two nosecone, three motor, two parachutes and multiple body tube rockets.
 

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I feel that I prefer the opposite of most people in this forum. I'm going to make a lot of enemies with my opinions here, but oh well!
Having different tastes should never be a reason to "make enemies". The hobby (and life) would be boring if everyone like the same things. Seriously.
Lastly, I hate the pseudo sci-fi rockets with lots of complicated tubes, fins, and cockpit window decals. Interceptor? Astron Explorer? Explorer Aquarius? 🤮
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The great Rick Gaff once told me “it’s a crime against humanity to build a Fat Boy stock.” I followed his sage advice and built my very first Fat Boy with a 24mm mmt, only to crash it on it’s second flight... Oh well. Parts were acquired, fins were salvaged. Rebuild paused years ago for no good reason... 🤔
 

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I see many people pay good money and spend hours and even days to build some of these rockets and I'm like, "You knew it would be that ugly before you started!" This is all a matter of opinion, of course, but where better to share an opinion than on the internet!

Here are some of my least favorite rocket features:

  1. Dull, rounded off nose cones.
  2. Rectangular fins, especially if they come off at a 45 degree angle (looks like a child's drawing to me).
  3. Short, stubby rockets.
  4. Split fins (unless part of a scale model kit).
  5. Lame paint jobs (especially neon pink ones).
  6. Rockets designed to be under-powered so they fly low and slow.
How about you? What leaves you shaking your head when you see it? Again, not talking about construction techniques or anything, just design and finish. I'm curious how many posts it will take before someone describes what they hate most and it's my preferences!

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You have described most of my favorite features. Except for split fins and rectangular fins.
 

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Der Red Max 🤮
Funny enough, I agree with you. BUT, I own a fiber Max due to a generous secret Santa. It’s actually one of my favorites to fly despite the fact that I don’t like to look at it.
 

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Having different tastes should never be a reason to "make enemies". The hobby (and life) would be boring if everyone like the same things. Seriously.

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😅 😅 All in good fun! I 100% agree with your first sentiment though. I may not personally like those types of rockets, but I enjoy seeing any type of rocket fly!
 

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I won't say I hate them, but I don't see the appeal of pyramids, spools, Happy Meal boxes, etc. I guess I just like rockets that look like...rockets.
I've got a spool that is literally a plastic spool of wire. Flies on a shorty 29mm. It's almost indestructable. People seem surprised that it flies, and is stable. I like it because it's about as far from 3FNC as you can get.
 

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What makes the DRM aesthetic interesting to me isn't so much the decals it comes with, but the decals it inspires. See the Max section on the Stickershock23 website. I had Stickershock make me this pope-themed Max, with all the text in latin, papal crosses, a Vatican secret archive seal, and skulls in pope hats. My dog-loving wife is planning a dachshund-themed Max.

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I'd like to think that you could say that about any rocket. It's just this one (DRM / MDRM) does have a bit of a cult following, and they these 'cultists' have morphed into many variations of said theme..
 

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The great Rick Gaff once told me “it’s a crime against humanity to build a Fat Boy stock.” I followed his sage advice and built my very first Fat Boy with a 24mm mmt, only to crash it on it’s second flight... Oh well. Parts were acquired, fins were salvaged. Rebuild paused years ago for no good reason... 🤔
I don't know if I've ever built one stock; I must have. But even the upper stage of my two-stage Big Fat Boy that uses an 18mm motor is modified to accept the coupler from the booster stage.
 

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Estes Rock-It...after someone pointed out that it looked like a giant phallus, my innocence was gone. :eek: So while I like almost any type of rocket (including all those hated ones already noted), I hate ones that have cajones.
 

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Estes Rock-It...after someone pointed out that it looked like a giant phallus, my innocence was gone. :eek: So while I like almost any type of rocket including all those hated ones already noted...I hate ones that have cajones.
Bad news for you - ALL rockets look like giant phalluses
 

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What makes the DRM aesthetic interesting to me isn't so much the decals it comes with, but the decals it inspires. See the Max section on the Stickershock23 website. I had Stickershock make me this pope-themed Max, with all the text in latin, papal crosses, a Vatican secret archive seal, and skulls in pope hats. My dog-loving wife is planning a dachshund-themed Max.

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That. Is. Epic. Nicely done!
 

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The Centuri Mach 10 looked better than it flew.
 
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