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Black Brant III Model Rocket Kit (13mm)


Price: $18.95 each


The Black Brant III was a sounding rocket built by Bristol of Canada and designed to carry payloads to an altitude of over 100 miles. The first flights took place in June, 1962 at Wallops Island, VA. There were nearly 70 Black Brant III flights between that time and when the last one flew in 1985.

Like other vehicles in the Black Brant family, the Black Brant III has long been a favorite of scale modelers. This new scale kit is designed for 13mm "mini" engines, and features a hard balsa nose cone, laser-cut basswood fins, water-slide decals and parachute recovery.


Length: 16.65"/42.3 cm
Diameter: 0.785"/19.9 mm
Weight: 0.85 oz/24 gm
9" Parachute Recovery
Scale: approx. 1/13 (0.077)
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Center of Pressure: 12.85" from tip of nose
Recommended Engines: 1/2A3-2T; A3-4T; A10-3T

What you'll need to build this model:

Adhesives (Wood glue, such as Elmer’s Carpenters Glue, can be used throughout and is recommended for most construction. Thin Cyanoacrylate (CA) is recommended for some steps. Other adhesives [epoxy, cyanoacrylate, etc.] may be used if you are familiar with their use and prefer them); Hobby Knife with sharp #11 Blade; Ruler; Pencil; Masking Tape; Sandpapers (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 Rust-Oleum, Krylon, or Testors is recommended. Be sure not to mix different types or brands of paint without testing.) - primer (optional), white, red & clear (optional).
Recommended, but not required: Thin Cyanoacrylate (CA) Glue; Sanding Block; Tack Cloth.
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.; decal setting or solvent solution (such as Micro Set or Micro Sol).

What else you'll need to fly this model:

Electronic launch system; launch pad with 1/8" launch rod; recovery wadding; engines (see list of recommended engines above).