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Aerobee 300 Model Rocket Kit (29mm)
The Aerobee 300, or "Spaerobee", was first flown in 1958. Eleven were flown by the Air Force and Navy with the last taking flight in 1965. The Aerobee series of rockets was designed by Aerojet General and is considered a descendant of the WAC Corporal.
Aerobee rockets have long been a favorite of scale modelers, and the Aerobee 300 has been an especially popular prototype. This new kit is 1.89" in diameter and over three feet tall! The kit features thru-the-wall laser-cut plywood fins (with optional balsa laminations), balsa nose cone and transition, pre-rounded basswood conduits, steel cable shock cord mount and water slide and self-adhesive decals.
Makes a great intro to mid-power rocketry and flies fantastic (and high!) on 29mm F and G engines! This model can reach some impressive altitudes, especially with G engines, so you might consider the Jolly Logic Chute Release as a good add-on to this kit if you plan on using the higher-impulse engines. The kit has an accurate scale outline but is also a fairly easy build that leaves room for the modeler to add additional details if desired.
Length: 40.5"/103 cm
Diameter: 1.89”/4.8 cm
Weight: 10 oz/283.5 gm
Recommended Parachute: 24" Nylon (Not Included)
Scale: approx. 1/7.94 (0.126)
Skill Level: Intermediate
Center of Pressure: 35.75" from tip of nose
Requires 1/4" Launch Rod
Recommended Engines: E16-4; F15-4; F20-7; F23-7; F27-8; F42-8; G40-10; G77-10; G78-10; G79-10; G80-10; with 24mm adapter (not included): E20-4; F44-8
Estimated (Calculated) Altitudes:
with E16-4: 825'/251.5m
with E20-4: 975'/297m
with F15-4: 1315'/401m
with F20-7: 1955'/596m
with F23-7: 1670'/509m
with F27-8: 1550'/472.5m
with F42-8: 1775'/541m
with F44-8: 1370'/417.5m
with G40-10: 2885'/879.5m
with G77-10: 2865'/873m
with G78-10: 3035'/925m
with G79-10: 3000'/914.5m
with G80-10: 3540'/1079m
What you'll need to build this model:
Adhesives (Epoxy, Quick or Medium Setting, can be used and is recommended for most construction. Thin Cyanoacrylate ["CA"] is recommended for two steps, Medium or Slow setting CA may be used in Step #8.); Hobby Knife with sharp #11 Blade; Ruler; Pencil; Aluminum (or other metal) angle - ideally 1" X at least 18" long; electric drill with 1/16" (or 3/32") and 5/32" (or 3/16") bits; Wax Paper (or Plastic Wrap); Pliers; Masking Tape; Sandpapers (Coarse - 80 or 100 grit, Medium - 180 or 220, Fine 320 or 400, & [optionally] Extra-Fine - 500 or 600); Sanding Sealer (or other balsa filler coat); Thinner (appropriate for the type of sanding sealer used); Small Paint Brush (to apply sealer); Spray Paint (such as Rust-Oleum, Krylon, or Testors is recommended. Be sure not to mix different types or brands of paint without testing.) - primer (optional), white, black, and clear (optional).
Recommended, but not required: Sanding Block; Tack Cloth; External Engine Retainer (such as Estes Pro Series II™ 29 mm Motor Retainer Set, see Step #26).
Optional: Material to fill body tube seams and/or any imperfections in wood parts, such as Elmer’s Carpenters Wood Filler, Interior Spackling Paste, etc.; wood glue.
What else you'll need to fly this model:
Electronic launch system capable of igniting a composite engine; launch pad with 1/4" launch rod; 24" nylon parachute; recovery wadding or cloth parachute protector; engines (see list of recommended engines above).