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Estes 1403 Riptide Launch Set
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- Top quality beginners Rocket
- The Riptide requires Estes engines for the launch (not included).
- 18 " tall
- Ready to Fly - Flies over 600 '
- Launch System Included
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This shinny rocket is factory assembled by specially trained craftsman to give you a top quality beginners' rocket.
The Riptide can reach cloud topping heights of over 650 feet.
Punch a hole in the atmosphere with this rocket! The Estes Riptide Launch Set contains almost everything you need for hours of high flying fun! This shiny rocket is factory assembled by specially trained craftsman to give you a top quality beginners' rocket. The Riptide is ultra-aerodynamic and has highly reflective blue chrome colored fins and nose cone. The exciting Riptide stands 18 inches tall and returns smoothly to the launch site on a colorful 12 inch preassembled parachute. It also comes with an Estes launch pad and launch controller for your rocket launching convenience (four 'AA' alkaline batteries required – sold separately). Adding to your growing fleet of Rockets? Check out another Estes Classic inspired by a long-range ballistic missile, the Patriarch RTF Model Rocket Kit, which uses the same launch system that comes complete with the Riptide!
Blast Off to Learning Fun
In addition to the excitement and entertainment it provides, rocketry also has significant educational value. Model rockets transform kids into amateur rocket scientists, encouraging them to think about how the rockets work. Rocket building teaches kids the basics of propulsion, flight, and aerodynamics, and can help foster an early interest in science and engineering. As a part of the RTF series, the Riptide can be assembled in just minutes. No special tools or painting are required for this kit, leaving more time for flying. The Riptide is a reliable, high performance rocket for kids of all ages to enjoy.
The Riptide requires Estes engines for the launch (not included). Start with the B4-4 engine for the first flight. Use Estes engines B6-4 or C6-5 for subsequent flights. Unless otherwise specified, all models require assembly. Tools, construction and finishing supplies sold separately. In order to launch, a launch system, model rocket engines, igniters, recovery wadding and four 'AA' alkaline batteries are required – sold separately unless otherwise specified. Read all instructions before beginning. Make sure you have all parts and supplies required. Test fit all parts before applying glue. Sand as necessary for precision assembly. Product color and shape may vary. When launching, stand back as far as the launch controller cord will allow (15 feet). Rocketry is not intended for indoor use. Choose a large field (500 feet), free of dry weeds and brown grass. Launch only with little or no wind and good visibility.
What's In The Box?
Preassembled Riptide rocket, 12 inch parachute, Electron Beam Launch Controller, Porta-Pad II Launch Pad and instructions.
With all the parts you need for your launch included, just add the engines and you'll be ready for the launch site in less than an hour.
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The manufacturer (Estes Rockets) recommends using the following engines:
To find these on Amazon, just type in "Estes rocket engine C6-5", for instance. The engines come packaged with their own igniters, which you'll need to use to fire them up when the rocket is ready to be used - in other words, you don't have to buy separate igniters. Typically, each package of engines comes with 3 engines, 3 igniters, and 4 igniter plugs.
The engines behave as follows:
* B4-4: fires for 1.1 seconds, generating a maximum thrust of 3.0 pounds of thrust (or 13 Newtons).
* B6-4: fires for 0.8 seconds, generating a maximum thrust of 2.7 pounds of thrust (or 12.7 Newtons).
* C6-5: fires for 1.6 seconds, generating a maximum thrust of 3.4 pounds of thrust (or 15.3 Newtons).
In addition to the engines and igniters, you'll need to purchase separately four AA batteries. However, this is something you can find out from the information provided by Amazon here - the need to purchase the engines is not...
So, my 7 year old expressed interest it the hobby, so we got this awesome starter kit.
It came with everything we needed to get going except batteries, and motors. Surprisingly, the motors were cheaper at the local Hobby Lobby.
Oh, and a word of advice, don't get suckered into buying the protective wadding. It's single-ply toilet paper. That's it. When I was a kid, we used cotton balls. I thought maybe there was some heat-resistant technology that I wasn't aware of, but nope. Five dollar TP. So, save your cash for more motors!
Great ready to go activity, great price. Highly recommended.
Rocket engines are available online, but since they are made of explosive material, it has to be shipped USPS. Instead of waiting you can go to a local Hobby store, Large Box Hobby store, or Large Box toy store. Rockets are about $3 on average, and come in packs of 3 with igniters. The wadding is flame retardant tissue paper. You need this.
I have never done this before, but inside the box was everything we needed. The kids and I removed the contents from the box, and in less than 15 minutes we were ready to fly.
The igniters make this extra safe. Ignnitors are like little light bulbs without the glass around it. You connect power to them, then they create a spark and ignite the rocket engine. The small yellow box in the picture is really a control panel. It has a safety switch you hold down, then you press the ignition button. So you are a safe distance, and the rocket reliably fires. This is safer than fireworks in my opinion.
We have fired our rocket 12 times already, and it looks like it can still keep going. It took a bounce off the pavement on the way down one time, but it was only a bit scratched.
This is an excellent thing to do with your kids, and it's not that expensive.
I have a youtube of me and the kids firing the rocket, and I show you how to do it. Enjoy:
"Estes launch pad with launch rod and an Electron Beam Launch Controller included. Requires Estes engines and 4 AA 1.5V Alkaline batteries for the controller - sold separately."
Really requires a 9v (Square) battery (the one I ordered did). (Purchased April 2013)
Also the launch pad is not like the one represented in the pictures. It's not black, it's orange and you cannot adjust the angle of launch (only straight up), no adjustment screw or hinge to adjust, just locked in place.
I admit I used an old launch pad and control box, exactly like the picture shows, but this should not affect the results if you used the supplied one.
Used this launch opportunity to honor a fallen surfer friend. Launched off the coast of NC way out into the beautiful blue sky above the Atlantic ocean, with his ashes instead of the parachute. So when the charge went off to eject the parachute, his ashes got spread in the place he loved the most.
Launched first try (Used 5-7yrs old C6-5 engine, and igniters, stored inside, in zipp lock bag--still worked flawless )<---not recommended but worked for me.
Great flight, straight and true, and blue reflective chrome coating/paint helped to be able to see rocket as it came down into the ocean. Very Cool.
Thank you Amazon.
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I purchased this rocket for my son who is 6 as our first rocket. I have never done rockets of any kind before. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Pen Name
VROOM. This was great fun for my son (and me). Put together in a flash, pushed ignite and this baby sang. Everything worked... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Somedaze.com Fan