The Wizard requires no magic, but those who behold it claim a different tale. It’s a minimum diameter rocket, which means it is going to soar far higher than any of the other rockets at this skill level. When everything is done correctly, the Wizard leaps to the sky leaving similar rockets in its dust.
This magician is an intermediate skill level rocket that develops some basic construction skills like sanding and securing balsa fins. The Wizard disappears from the launchpad in a blue and red puff, leaving just smoke behind before it appears in the sky, dancing with the wind on the way to the ground.
The Wizard in the Classroom
The Wizard is a unique rocket, being one of the few that has a minimalistic drag profile. The Wizard is a kit designed for intermediate builders with the intention of getting them high into the air to complete studies on altitude, drift distance, descent rates and other studies that lend themselves better to a long-duration flight.
The Wizard does require some sanding and use of adhesive. The Wizard also makes for a great entry point into competition-style duration rockets due to its light weight body and minimum diameter engine.
Included in this kit
The body of the Wizard resembles a blue retro game aesthetic and comes together nicely. It can easily be customized with different paint, decals or markers than the ones included.
The nose cone comes as two pieces which are easily assembled into a single unit which fits snuggly into the body tube until the tube is pressurized by the ejection charge and the nose cone is pushed out.
Laser-Cut Fin Sheet
The fins for the Wizard come laser-cut onto balsa wood. Removing these from the sheet requires just a few small cuts, and the resulting fins come out with clean edges. The fins are designed to take the Wizard to altitude safely and are sized perfectly for that goal.
The Wizard 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. Experiment with other recovery systems for fun studies on drift distance and descent rates!
The Wizard includes vibrant decals that allow this rocket to stand out on the launch pad. It can be used to provide that traditional Wizard aesthetic or ignored to create a custom rocket design.
Tools and Supplies
What You Need to Build (Not Included)
- Fine Sandpaper
- Carpenter’s Glue
- Hobby Knife
- Masking Tape
- Primer and Paint
What You Need to Launch (Not Included)
- Lifetime Launch System
- Estes Model Rocket Engines
- Recovery Wadding
- 1.5V AA Batteries (For Launch Controller)
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