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Estes MIRV Review

13 Sep 2015, 23:47 UTC
Estes MIRV Review
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I didn't anticipate writing a post on this kit but now am even more fascinated with it. I hope to fly it this coming weekend and will fill in a flight report shortly thereafter.OverviewThis is a four stage rocket! Others may contest this fact but it has one booster and three parallel- staged sustainers. 3 + 1 = 4. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. The components are interesting for Estes. It has a plastic manifold to direct the blow-through from the booster to the three sustainers and the body sections are made from white foam. The foam dings easily but makes for a quick build and a light rocket. For several reasons including laziness, I didn't spend a lot of time finishing the rocket.Booster SectionThe booster section consists of a motor tube, a metal retainer clip, a short foam body, a two part plastic manifold, a dowel, and three, two piece, die-cut fins. These fins, and one fin on each sustainer, have to be glued together. This wasn't a problem per se but I would have rather had them as a single piece. I assume this was done to save a skosh of balsa stock.The foam body ...

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