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Estes Cobra 3-Engine Cluster Rocket

Estes 1971 Model Rocketry Catalog - Pages 24 & 25 - Airplanes and RocketsMy first (and only, for that matter) cluster type model rocket was the Estes Cobra. It uses a cluster of three motors. It is a rather unattractive model, and uses four very large fins, most likely to help assure a controlled flight in the event that one or two of the motors misfire. A big concern with cluster models is that either a motor will fail to ignite or that one will ignite much later than the others.
To the right are pages 24 and 25 out of the 1971 edition of the 1971 Estes Model Rocketry Catalog that featured the Cobra, Cherokee-D, and Ranger models.

Specifications:            Estes Cobra building instructions Building Instructions
Price = $3.00
Length = 22.25" (56.5 cm)
Body Diameter = 1.637" (41.6 mm)
Weight = 2.5 oz (71 grams)

The first launch of my Estes Cobra model rocket was with three A8-3 motors. The flight went perfectly, and I was thrilled. I think the second flight used three B6-4 engines, and I recall that the time delay was not long enough because the Cobra was still travelling upward at a pretty good clip when the parachute deployed and a couple of the shroud lines ripped out. The Cobra landed without damage, even with a crippled recovery system.

You can buy my model for only $30 + actual shipping cost (w/insurance). Please send me an e-mail if you are interested. PayPal is available.

 

Estes Cobra kit - Airplanes and Rockets                 Estes Cobra kit - Airplanes and Rockets

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Even during the busiest times of my life I have endeavored to maintain some form of model building activity. This site has been created to help me chronicle my journey through a lifelong involvement in model aviation, which all began in Mayo, MD. There is a lot of good information and there are lot of pictures throughout the website that you will probably find useful, and might even bring back some old memories from your own days of yore. The website began life around 1996 as an EarthLink screen name of ModelAirplanes, and quickly grew to where more server space ...

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