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TONS of FUN, with one major flaw... but EASILY fixable and better!
on July 12, 2016
Such a simple design, and surprisingly addicting FUN! With summer here, I wanted to get something for the kids to play outdoors and have fun and ran across this somehow during my search for estes rockets, as that was my original purchase intention. I read several reviews and was debating between the Jr. and the original version for my 3 kids under age of six, my youngest being almost 3. I was not sure how hard you they would need to stomp down, etc, but I purchased the jr. version. I was immediately impressed when I quickly setup the launchpad and was an immediate hit and TONS of fun.... EXCEPT for the stand. That stand is HORRIBLE and should be redesigned. The stand kept coming apart every few stomps or so and I did some research and found some DIY stands made from PVC online and I had to try that, otherwise, this thing was going back, because without a sturdy stand, it is useless.
DIY BASE REPLACEMENT TIP:::
* I went menards and bought a 3/4" 5ft long PVC pipe, 5 elbows, and 3 Tees, all under $5
* I cut 2 sides 10" long and the other 6 pieces to about 3.75" long that made the perfect base, and the remaining pipe was used for the vertical pipe with the elbow on top (hole drilled on side to attach pipe to)
* I also used a velcro strap to the the tubing in place and it keeps the blue pipe from wavering from side to side.
* I did NOT use ANY glue to keep the pieces in place, as it holds well enough in place without and can be taken apart easily if needed.
* I don't know if I will paint it down the road, to make it cooler looking, but it is MUCH sturdier!
The kids love this thing and it does not take much effort to really make the rockets soar! My kids make them soar high, and the big kid in me make them really soar high ( LOL! )
I may purchase other rockets later, but 4 is enough at this time for us, but I may purchase this again and make another base stand to give as a gift!
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