Item #: EST1403
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FeaturesPunch a hole in the atmosphere with the Riptide! 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 totally awesome highly reflective blue chrome colored fins and nose cone. This showy rocket is ready for liftoff in just minutes! The exciting Riptide stands 18 inches tall. When launched on Estes standard engines, it can reach cloud topping heights of over 650 feet. It returns smoothly on a 12 inch preassembled parachute. Rip through the sky with your own ready to fly Riptide! Estes model rocketry is recommended for ages 10 and up with adult supervision for those under 12. This model requires no assembly, just attach the recovery system. No paint, glue or modeling skills required. Rocket comes assembled and is ready to launch in minutes. Estes Porta-Pad II Launch Pad with launch rod and an Electron Beam Launch Controller included. Requires Estes engines, igniters, recovery wadding, and four AA alkaline batteries for the controller - sold separately.
Q & A
QUESTION: Can it really fly Does the rocket integrated with motor and battery? by Ted T 12/17/2011
This is christmas present and when i goggled it for reviews the responses were favorable. The only place a battery would go would be in the launch controls. I know there are always exceptions but all the rockets that i have are Estes and I never had any problems with them. They are the best on the market as far as i am concerned.
I enjoy putting them together, this is the first that I bought all ready together.
I dont think you can go wrong
rls by Joyce P 12/18/2011
ANSWER: The rocket engine is a solid rocket fuel basically gunpowder which is ignited by an electrical charge. You will need to purchase additional rocket engines of varying power to get the maximum enjoyment from you model rocket.
A8-3 engines are low power and should be used first to get an idea of wind direction and rocket performance.
B6-4 engines are medium power and can be used to get more altitude, the best choice for over all performance
C6-3 or C6-5 is maximum power for this rocket. It will take it to an altitude of 1,500 feet 450 meters... you may lose sight of the rocket and depending on wind, you may never find the rocket again.
The engine designation indicates the power, duration, and delay. eg. B6-4 means "B" power, for "point 6" seconds, then a delay of "4 seconds" before the parachute is ejected.
Have fun! by J P 12/18/2011
ANSWER: ya it is a rocket and powered by the rocket motors. there is no battery.
doesn't really fly but as a rocket shoots straight up and floats back to
ground with the parachute. get lots of extra rocket motors so you can relaunch it many times. by G O 12/18/2011
ANSWER: The rocket works fine. No issues.
The lauch controler is real cheep and does not work very well. You are much better off connecting the wire leads to a big 12 volt battery old school then using the controller. Just be careful when you do this trick. by D S 12/18/2011