The Gnome is clean reflective chrome, tip-to-tip, with sapphire blue accents that make this rocket pop on display and appear as a beacon in the sky. Once the ejection charge fires, a long streamer brings the Gnome down safely and close to home. This recovery system makes it ideal for smaller flying fields.
The Gnome takes to the skies on Estes Mini engines, and can reach altitudes of well over 800 ft. It is compatible with the LifeTime Launch System and can be assembled in under an hour (not including paint and adhesive dry time).
The sapphire blue fins come pre-colored and molded into a single unit, so there is no cutting or alignment required! You simply attach the fin unit to the body tube with a bit of adhesive, construct and attach the motor mount, than apply the self-adhesive chrome wrap to give this rocket that futuristic metallic finish. After you attach the shock cord and the streamer, you are ready to fly.
The Gnome in the Classroom
The Estes Gnome is designed for a rocket class in a day. It can be challenging to fit everything into a busy year, but for something as exciting as a rocketry activity, the Gnome is there to help you find the time. It comes in just a few pieces and can be assembled in about an hour, but still provides that exciting launch and a unique learning experience that Estes rockets are known for.
The Gnome is an exciting experience in it’s own right, but you can pair the Gnome with some experimentation to enhance the learning opportunity. With the Gnome you can experiment with recovery systems and decent rates, and altitude tracking with geometry. It acts as a great demonstration for the principles of flight.
Included with this kit
Plastic Fin Unit
The fins for the Gnome come as one single unit, removing the challenging steps of alignment and securing a fin to a body tube by the root chord. This design makes them more durable, and the student will be more likely to have a successful flight.
The Gnome utilizes a streamer for recovery, which means it is unlikely to drift long distances after the recovery system has been deployed. This long strand waves through the air, creating drag, and allowing this lightweight rocket to land safely.
Chrome Vinyl Wrap
The metallic chrome color is applied through a vinyl decal wrap which is included with the kit, which means no painting or sanding is required! The polished finish of the chrome wrap gives this rocket a smooth surface for air to move over and reach the highest altitude possible!
Tools and Supplies
What You Need to Build (Not Included)
- Carpenter’s Glue
- Hobby Knife
What You Need to Launch (Not Included)
- Lifetime Launch System
- Estes Model Rocket Engines
- Recovery Wadding
- 1.5V AA Batteries (For Launch Controller)