The kit comes in a clear plastic bag. The face card is more like half a box. It has a front, two sides and a bottom.
- upper body tube and coupler tube
- motor mount tube with E engine hook, centering rings and retainer ring
- 2 launch lugs (1/4")
- 3 laser-cut plywood fins
- plastic nose cone
- decal sheet
- 24" parachute (assembled)
Don't be misled by the "Skill Level 3" designation, this model rocket kit is very easy to build. In fact, the slotted fins make it very easy. No need to mark the body tube and it's easier to get the fins on straight.
Start by building the motor mount and glue the centering rings around it. Draw a launch lug marking line between two fin slots. Sand the fins and glue them in place.
Finally, attach the pre-assembled parachute to the nose cone and attach the launch lug. Apply glue fillets to the joints between the launch lug and fins. If you have plans to launch this rocket on composite engines, it's probably a good idea to use epoxy for the fillets instead.
OK, I'll admit it, painting a rocket sky blue wasn't exactly one of my brighter ideas. The paint scheme (silver and black) on the face card looks really nice, be it a bit time consuming to create. As this rocket was built with only a few days to complete it for a club launch, an easy paint scheme was selected (blue and black). As the blue went on the rocket, it coated it well and looked really nice. No black paint was used.
As it turns out, the rocket is large enough and flies slow enough so that the color selection really isn't an issue. While the decals (two) look nice, they were not used.
As mentioned earlier, the Executioner is over 4 ft tall, 38.5" (97.8cm) to be exact. This rocket uses BT-80 body tubes and has a diameter of 2.6" (66mm).
Suggested Estes rocket motors are : D12-3, D12-5, E9-4, E9-6.
For the first launch, an E9-6 was used. Wonderful flight. If you like bigger rockets which take off slower, you'll love the Executioner. It must have gotten very close to the advertised 590 ft. Actually, it looked like it went higher, which was likely not the case.
For the next flight, a D12-3 was selected. Again, a great flight. The 24" parachute is just the right size. Doesn't drift too far and two flights with no damage.
As the rocket had been flying so well, a composite motor had to be next. It performed beautifully on an Aerotech F12J-5 RMS reload. Delay was a bit too long, a 3 second delay would have been better in this case (angled launch rod). The ejection charge fired and disaster struck. The shock cord broke and the rocket came down body tube first and was damaged. It can be repaired.