Sky Flying Model Rocket Kit East Wind 7155
This is a sport rocket that is loosely based on a Chinese surface-to-air missile. It comes with a plastic nose cone and fin unit, and a pre-decorated body tube. No painting is required! The fins slide into slots on a drag-reducing boat tail, allowing this rocket to fly high into the sky!
Skill Level 2: Previous Rocket Experience Suggested
Length: 13.23" (33.6 cm)
Weight: 1.00 oz (28.35 g)
Diameter (Max): 0.87" (2.21 cm)
Motor Size: 18mm
Recovery System: 12" Plastic Parachute
1/2A6-2, A6-4, A8-3, B4-4, B6-4, C6-5, C6-7
LOW Price. This is the lowest priced kit containing a "plastic-fin-unit"that you'll find anywhere. But that doesn't mean it is cheap; in fact, the quality is excellent. Check out the other features listed below.
Injection-Molded nose cone. This one-piece nose cone is built tough, and should stand up to many hard landings.
Plastic Fin Unit. This makes the rocket easy to build for younger children. Because everything is molded, the parts all line up correctly. Because of this, the rocket flies straight and true every time it is launched. You do want your child's first flight to go successfully, don't you? The Fin unit consists of:
Injection molded fins. These fins easily slide into the grooves molded into the plastic tail cone. There are a couple of cool things about them. First, they conform perfectly to the curvature of the tail cone. This makes them attach to the rocket with incredible strength. Second, the thickness of the plastic of the fins gets thinner the further away from the tube. It is like a knife-edge effect. The purpose of this is to reduce drag and weight. This is one design that was carefully thought out to achieve super high flights on small motors.
The large 12 inch diameter brightly-colored parachute that comes with the model makes it easy to see in the sky and when it lands on the ground. You'll feel a thrilling sense of accomplishment the first time you see that parachute blossom open in the sky. Watch the faces of the kids as they chase the rocket, and you'll see why rocketry is so much fun.
Elastic shock cord - Used to prevent the rocket from separating into multiple pieces.
Quick-release metal engine hook, that lets you swap out engines between flights in just seconds. The engine mount accepts the standard 18mm diameter rocket engines.
Apogee Components is pleased to import this model rocket kit from Shaanxi Zhongtian Rocket Technologies Co., Ltd, which is based in central China. They go by the name of "Sky" model rockets.
The quality of the kit is comparable to those made by other manufacturers. I'm impressed by the quality of the plastic parts, such as the injection molded fins and the nose cone. The tubes are all convolutely wound, which is different from the traditional spiral-wound tubes made by other manufacturers. Other than that, about the only difference is that the engine mount is ever so slightly larger due to a small difference between the rocket motors flown by Chinese modelers versus the standard 18mm diameter motors flown here in the USA. But 18mm diameter motors work just fine in this kit; no modifications are needed. If you like the Sky "East Wind" kit, be sure to check out the other kits made by the "Sky" rocket company.