- washer weight and eyehook
- body tube
- 7 laser-cut balsa fins
- motor tube with centering rings and motor hook
- decals and shock cord
- ASP parachute kit
- instruction sheet
The instructions fit on a single sheet (back and front) and are accompanied by colorful illustrations.
As I don't know of a source for "shark gray" paint, I had to mix my own.
For the bottom half of the shark, white paint was used with a little black mixed it to make it a light gray. For the top half of the rocket, white was mixed with black and two shades of blue to get that shark color.
Getting these colors "just right" was somewhat time consuming. The bottom of the shark was painted first, with some overlap towards the top half. Masking tape was ripped and used to mask off the bottom half of the shark. The rips gives it that raw edge. The top half was then painted. The decals included with the kit include a month and gills. No eyes are included, which strikes me as odd. Adding two dots to one of the decal sheets seems easy to do.
Finally, some clear coat was added and the shark rocket was set aside to dry.
The ARC Shark has a length of 16 inches and is BT-60 based (1.6" diameter). The face card lists the empty weight (no motor) as 2.1 oz.
ARC recommends the Estes B6-4 and C6-5 motors for this model rocket. When flown on a C6-5, the Shark appeared marginally stable, at best. It's flight patterns reminded me of a shark hunting for prey. Some extra nose weight will be added for the next flight.
After gluing a couple of 1/4" nuts to the bottom of the nose cone shoulder, it flew as straight as an arrow and deployed the chute near apogee on a C6-5.