This is a 5.5" diameter Nike Smoke kit made by Scotglas Manufacturing and purchased from Giant Leap Rocketry. I had the 48" phenolic body tube laminated with Kevlar® and fiberglass, and finished (I hate sanding). It looks like it was vacuum-bagged. It comes with a scale fiberglass nose cone and fiberglass fins. There are no instructions with the kit, but it goes together like most high power rockets. It has a 54mm phenolic MMT with three 1/2-inch plywood centering rings. I cut the motor mount tube to 24" as this is long enough for a K700 motor. It comes with a 5/8" Kevlar® shock cord from Pratt Hobbies, but no parachute (I am using a ROCKETMAN R12C parachute). I am using an Aero Pack motor retainer. It came with conformal launch lugs from ACME Engineering; however, they won't allow the launch rod to clear the nose cone, so I used them on my 4" Sandhawk. I used a plywood standoff for the forward launch lug, and glued the aft launch lug to a fin. I had the vinyl lettering done by Randall Brust.
Dia: 5.5"; Length: 83"; Wt: 172 oz. (10 lbs, 12 oz.); Motor (1): 54mm
Manufacturer recommended motors:
|1)||5/29/99||I284-W||Good initial flight. AltAcc reported 1013 feet, 6.7 Gs, and 162 max mph.|
|2)||5/30/99||K700-W||Excellent flight. AltAcc reported 6567 feet, 12.3 Gs, 535 max mph.|
|3)||6/19/99||J570-W||Nice flight. AltAcc reported 2631 feet, 18.1 Gs, 288 max mph.|
|4)||6/19/99||J570-W||Another nice flight. AltAcc reported 2383 feet, 13.3 Gs, 251 max mph.|
|5)||7/10/99||J350-W||Nice flight. AltAcc reported 1398 feet, 9.8 Gs, 196 max mph.|
|6)||7/10/99||J350-W||Another nice flight. AltAcc reported 1517 feet, 9.5 Gs, 199 max mph.|
|7)||8/14/99||J570-W||Nice flight. Tore the launch lugs off. AltAcc reported 2393 feet, 15.2 Gs, 256 max mph.|
|8)||9/25/99||K700-W||Nice flight. AltAcc reported 5976 feet.|
|9)||9/26/99||J570-W||Nice flight. AltAcc reported 2585 feet, 16.3 Gs.|
|10)||4/15/00||J415-W||Nice flight, about 3500 feet. Unable to get data from AltAcc.|
|11)||7/15/00||K550-W||Nice flight. AltAcc reported 4551 feet, 11.3 Gs, 406 max mph.|
|12)||9/15/00||J570-W||Nice flight. Nose cone separated as I forgot to connect it to the shock cord. Minor crack. AltAcc reported 2468 feet, 12.5 Gs, 291 max mph.|
|13)||9/17/00||K550-W||Nice flight. AltAcc reported 4582 feet, 9.1 Gs, 411 max mph.|
|14)||9/17/00||K550-W||Another nice flight. AltAcc reported 4719 feet, 9.9 Gs, 429 max mph. End of body tube developing a crack.|
|15)||10/14/00||K550-W||Nice flight. AltAcc reported 4662 feet, 10.3 Gs, 405 max mph. Body tube crack getting much worse.|
|3/25/01||Four inches of forward body tube cut off to remove cracks. Rocket now 79" long.|
|16)||4/22/01||K550-W||Nice flight. AltAcc reported 4798 feet, 10.8 Gs, 426 max mph.|
|17)||5/19/01||J570-W||Nice flight. AltAcc reported 2529 feet, 15.1 Gs, 277 max mph.|
|18)||6/16/01||K550-W||Nice flight. AltAcc reported 4662 feet, 10.8 Gs, 428 max mph.|
|19)||7/4/01||K550-W||Nice evening flight for pre-fireworks show in Cody, WY. Tore the front launch lug off. AltAcc reported 3898 feet, 6.1 Gs, 363 max mph.|
|20)||8/18/01||J570-W||Nice flight. AltAcc reported 16.1 Gs, 289 mph, and 2507 feet.|
|21)||9/14/01||K695-R||Nice flight. AltAcc reported 3,757 feet, 10.2 Gs, 409 max mph.|
|22)||11/17/01||I435-T||Nice flight. AltAcc reported 1,052 feet, 9.8 Gs, 156 max mph. Tore both launch lugs off.|
The completed Nike Smoke, after painting.
First flight of the Nike Smoke on an I284-W at Medicine Wheel 4. 5/29/99.
The Nike Smoke on an K700-W at Medicine Wheel 4. 5/30/99.
The Nike Smoke on an J350-W. 7/10/99.
The Nike Smoke on another J350-W. 7/10/99.
The Nike Smoke on a J570-W. 8/14/99.
The Nike Smoke on a K700-W at HellFire 5. 9/25/99.
The Nike Smoke on a J415-W. 4/15/00.
The Nike Smoke on a J570-W at HellFire 6. 9/15/00.
The Nike Smoke on a K550-W at HellFire 6. 9/17/00.
The Nike Smoke on a K550-W. 10/14/00.
The Nike Smoke on a K550-W. 6/16/01.
The Nike Smoke on a K659-R at HellFire 7. 9/14/01.
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