Straightforward build and an easy paint job make this a quick and fun rocket. I picked up this kit because it was easy and inexpensive, but I was a bit worried about streamer recovery and not having laser cut fins. Both of those are actually good things, however. This rocket flies so high that if it came down with a parachute and even the slightest breeze, you'd need a field much bigger than I can find around me. There's enough spare balsa to build a replacement fin if you manage to crack one in a rough landing. (Posted on 5/17/13)
Built this rocket with my son when he was 10 years old. I let him do most of it, if I remember all I did was paint it. It was for a 4H project for model rocket making. Great little rocket for small fields. A B-6-4 motor works great. (Posted on 1/16/13)
This rocket was one of the first builds I undertook after getting back into the hobby. Assembly was quick and easy.
What makes this rocket great is the performance and flexibility. Assuming you build it properly this rocket will give you arrow straight flights to decent altitudes with A, B, or C motors. This rocket is lightweight so even an A8-3 motor will get the rocket to a decent altitude. In fact, I use the standard to mini motor adapters and fly my Yankee with A10-3T motors. Due to launch field size limitations I have not been able to use a motor over a B so I can only imagine what a C motor would do.
The only things I would change is to put a longer shock cord on the rocket and go back to the waterslide decals. (Posted on 12/26/12)
I built the Yankee to show a small group of boys at our church, what they could do and have fun doing it. Was able to launch it 15 times before it landed in the top of an 60 foot oak tree on the churches property line. Since then we have rocketry classes each year in our churches Royal Ranger Program so that the boys can obtain a rocketry badge. (Royal Rangers is similar to Boy Scouts.) (Posted on 10/12/12)
My first streamer and balsa nose cone. I loved this one. So simple to put together. I spent some time getting it right, sanded and sealed everything, painted it all pretty... so worth it. The Yankee outclimbed both of my two-stagers with a B-motor. I got seven good flights with this one before the fins finally broke when it landed in a road. You could rig it with a very small, lightweight parachute if you want, but if you've got a large enough field and no wind, the streamer will bring it back safely. Excellent purchase. I might get another one with my reward points just for the heck of it. (Posted on 6/15/12)
I built it and painted it within and hour. The next day, I shot it off with a c6-5 and my jaw hit the floor!!! It went so high i coudn't see the bright orange streamers!! That's the kind of rocket I like. (Posted on 5/25/12)