Solar Scouts Sky Dart Launch Set (E2X)
This launch set is a great deal in that you get two easy-to-assemble rockets plus the launch pad and controller. The larger, purple-and-blue Farside rocket is 16.5" long and has black plastic fins. It'll fly up to approximately 1,100 ft and features parachute recovery. Recommended engines: A8-3 (first flight), B4-4, B6-5, B6-6, C6-5, and C6-7. The smaller, yellow-and-black Sky Dart measures 10.3" long and also has black plastic fins. You also get some impressive flight, with a maximum altitude of 950 ft. Recommended engines: 1/2A3-T (first flight), 1/2A3-4T, A3-4T, A10-3T.
For the best results with your launch set, use only new fresh high quality 9V Alkaline batteries. Alkaline is very important, unlike AA batteries, major brand 9V batteries are very different across brands.
Estes has had the best results and highly recommend the following 9 volt batteries:
Rayovac Ultra Pro
Eveready Copper Top
Also make sure they are fresh, and not from a Dollar type store as these lose some necessary oooomph that is required to launch the rocket!
Estes new Solar Starters require that you hold the launch button down a little longer than in previous years, sometimes as long as 5 seconds. Please keep this in mind for a successful launch.
These kits are easy to assemble, with plastic fins and nose cones, decals, and an easy-to-attach recovery system. No special tools necessary, just glue the parts together, decorate, dry and go.
5...4...3...2...1...0...LIFTOFF!!! Bring the excitement of Cape Canaveral to your own backyard with these fun and exciting rockets from Estes. Estes leads the world in model rocketry, combining the art of model-building with the thrill of liftoff. I have built several rockets, including the Supershot Starter Set, and though science didn't strike my fancy, rocketry did. The directions for assembly and liftoff were easy to follow; even though I had never previously dabbled in rocketry, I was able to build my rockets with little help, and soon proudly displayed my finished rocket, launcher, and launching pad. With the whole neighborhood looking on, I prepared for launch. Stepping back the required distance, everyone began the countdown. At blast-off, the rocket was engaged, soared up into the sky, and shrunk to a tiny dot we could hardly see. After apogee (the highest point in a rocket's flight), the parachute popped out, and the rocket floated gently down to our awaiting hands (we always try to catch them on their way down). Wow, I thought, everything went perfectly. Of course, everyone wanted to see it again. No problem. I just needed to replace the engine (maybe a bigger one this time), more recovery wadding, etc., and it was ready to launch again. Rocket kits are recommended for ages 10 and up, with adult supervision for children under 12.