Riptide Model Rocket Starter Set

This is the Riptide Flying Model Rocket Ready-to-Fly Launch Set from Estes. Suitable for Ages 10 & Older. RTF Skill Level.

Estes Riptide Model Rocket Starter Set Ready To Fly #1403
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 Estes Rockets # est1403
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Estes Rockets Item # est1403
Features :
  • Rocket is ready to fly up to 600 feet in the sky!.
  • Cone and fins are chrome finished..
  • Launch over and over again on standard A/B/C Estes model rocket engines and is recovered via a 12 inch pre-assembled parachute..
  • Detailed launching instructions, NAR Safety Code, Rocketeer's Guide, and full one year warranty..
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Spotlight Review

 
"Great starter set"
jacobrolon
Very easy to set up. Had my son and his friends take turns setting it off. Everyone was very impressed.

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Features

  • Rocket is ready to fly up to 600 feet in the sky!.
  • Cone and fins are chrome finished..
  • Launch over and over again on standard A/B/C Estes model rocket engines and is recovered via a 12 inch pre-assembled parachute..
  • Detailed launching instructions, NAR Safety Code, Rocketeer's Guide, and full one year warranty..

Specs

  • Length: 18" (45.7cm)
  • Diameter: 1.35" (34mm)
  • Weight: 2.7oz (75g)
  • Altitude: 600 ft (183m)
  • Estes Product Number: 1403

Includes

  • (1) Model Rocket

Astron II Launch Controller and Astron II Launch Pad




Reviews

  
 
"Great launch set."
zjracing (Oregon)
Purchased this set for my 12 year old son for Christmas 2012. The rocket was truly ready to fly, just needed a wadding/parachute pack and an engine. We have launched this rocket a dozen times and it always flies true. Definitely needs a B engine for good performance although it will fly ok on an A engine. We have not tried a C engine yet but plan to. Last time out, October 2013, we had a mishap where the parachute stuck together and it streamered down to the ground hard. The rocket stuck in the ground upright by a fin. The Riptide suffered absolutely no damage, it is very durable. Out of all of our rockets this is the most dependable. We just need to powder the parachute next time launch it. The Porta-pad 2 launcher is ok. The key is more than a little touchy in the controller but it never fails to operate. I don't like the idea of masking taping the launch rod every time you want to shoot a different rocket off as they all have different heights. I took one of the safety end caps that came the launch rod and drilled it out a little less than the rod diameter and put on the launch rod. Now all I have to do is slide it up and down the rod to adjust for each rocket. No more kicking myself for leaving the msking tape at home anymore. Something others may want to try. In the end, we are very happy with the rocket and satisfied with launch pad/controller set up. I would not hesitate to buy it or recommend it to another.

 
"A nice way to get what you need to start enjoying model rocketry"
mh9162013
If you're interested in model rocketry, this is a great way to get almost everything you need to get started. The only things missing are engines and batteries for the launch controller. Here are a few things to know about this set before purchase. First, the rocket is relatively heavy. This is probably to keep costs down, make it easier to use and add to its durability. So you'll probably end up launching this on at least a B engine. Second, this rocket is an odd size. It look like it's a BT-55 sized rocket, but it's just a smidge wider. I believe it's a BT-56 rocket, but not 100% sure. Third, the rocket has a nice retainer motor ring system. No friction fitting engines or using a motor hook. However, the ring is sometimes challenging to twist into place or remove. It's not impossible, but you might need a bit of effort to turn the ring to remove it.

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