Some friends had a cookout today, so I used the opportunity to gain a
backyard and an audience for my first flights from my Micro-Maxx set
Audience was generally parents in their 30's-40's and small kids (none
older than 8, most less than 3).
One of the parents kept saying, "I remember building those Testes
rockets..." I chose not to correct him. Tried to see if his wife
First up was the Saturn V. Flight was perfect, only 25-30 feet.
Ejection powerful. Didn't notice til later that the nose piece had
nearly gotten blown out. Older kids and a couple of fathers now
started asking me, "where do we get these things?"
Next was the Shuttle. Kind of a goofy flight, only 15-20 feet. nose
cone didn't eject. Mylar streamer was melted in a couple of places.
The last flight was the Saturn V again. The wind picked up a bit, but
the crowd was impatient and I went ahead and flew it. This time it
went a little screwy just after it got above the level of the roof of
the house, so i figure the wind hit it.., then the ejection blew the
nose cone piece out of the rocket. At this point I can't put it back,
and it appears if I put enough pressure on it to get it back in, the
supporting rod would break first. Any suggestions on fixing the
I have to say this is better than the Estes micro equivalents, if only
because they really can be flown in a back yard. I'm disappointed in
how they seem to not be able to survive long enough to use up the
motors in the starter pack.
The motor is done so quick that I wonder if a rocket with more
traditional construction would really be an improvement.
Ok, so after the cookout, I stopped by the Toys'r'us and picked up the
one with the Space Freighter/UFO combination. There's another cookout
tomorrow. I figure the UFO should survive multiple flights.
Roy Green, Atlanta
NAR #12605 SoAR #007 (SoAR Web at www.soar571.com)
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