Estes 2199 THE DUDE FLYING MODEL ROCKET Over 7 Ft Tall

Estes 2199 THE DUDE FLYING MODEL ROCKET Over 7 Ft Tall
Item# EST2199
Regular price: $64.99
Sale price: $39.99
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Product Description

Huge inflatable rocket set. Blows up to over 7 feet tall!
Soars to 300 feet! Includes launch pad and launch controller.
Ages 10 and up with adult supervision for children under 12.

SPECIFICATIONS:
Length: 88 in
Diameter: 5.75 in
Recovery: 12 in parachute
Fins: Plastic molded
Max Altitude: 300 ft
Recommended Engines: D12-3 ONLY
Note: This model rocket kit requires assembly.
Plastic model cement, engines, and 4 ‘AA’ alkaline
batteries are required, not included.

Brief:
This is a large rocket that uses a mylar balloon as its airframe (like a blimp), is powered by a 24mm motor, and recovers by parachute.

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Construction:
There is no body tube or payload, just an inflatable mylar balloon, and 4 fins. It uses a right angle motor mount for chute and motor with a monofilament line coming from the nose ring down to the parachute on the outside of the rocket.
Construction is sort of simple. The fin assembly snapped together and was difficult to put together, however, you do only have to do it once and glue it together. It has been launched a couple of times and survived, but the silver treatment on the mylar is coming off.

Finishing:
Nothing to finish. It looks impressive.
Construction Rating: 3 out of 5
Flight:
There is only one recommended motor, the D12-3. Prep is easy, uses wadding and a "lock ring" for motor retention. It flew like a rocket powered balloon and relatively straight.
Flight Rating:
3 out of 5
Summary:
PROs: Very impressive to watch.

CONs: It takes a "soda straw" to deflate and about 4 hours!

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5