Snipe Hunter

SEMROC Model #KV-51


The Centuri Snipe Hunter was released in 1967 as a see thru plastic payload single stage rocket with parachute recovery. The Snipe Hunter was first flown at the first international model rocket championships in Czechoslovakia. Over the years, the design changed several times. The earliest version had a BC-80 balsa nose cone migrating to a PNC-80 when plastic nose cone were released. Later models used the PNC-89 whic was over twice as long as the original nose cone. The Retro-Repo Snipe Hunter was updated by using laser cut fins and the original nose cone. The original rubber shock cord was replace with an elastic cord and the original method of slitting the body tube to anchor the shock cord was replaced with a Kevlar cord anchored around the engine mount.

Additional Information

  • Length: 12.1″
  • Diameter: 0.91″
  • Weight: 0.50oz
  • Recovery: Parachute
  • Fin: Balsa
  • Fin Span: 3.60″
  • Recommended Motors:
    • A8-5, B6-6, C6-7


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Build History

  • 03/12/2005 – Purchased Semroc #KV-51 Snipe Hunter from NARCON 2005 for $10.00 (Retail $10.00).
  • 08/13/2006 – Photographed package and then contents. Scanned plans, fin sheet, engine block, nose cone, adaptor and decals. Glued engine bolci into body tube with 1/4″ of engine tube template. Using fin guide template, marked body tube and drew fin guide lines the entire length using a door jamb as a guide. After tying one end of Kevlar to engine block, tied shock cord to other end. Sanded leading round and trailing edge tapered. Sanded root edge smooth. Glued 2 of 4 fins to body tube guidelines.
  • 08/14/2006 – Glued last two fins on to body tube. Filleted fin joints. Pushed adaptor paper onto adaptor and the other end onto the nose cone. Glued screw eye into bottom of adaptor. Glued standoff onto the body tube half way between 2 fins and 1″ from rear of body tube end. Filleted standoff.
  • 03/05/2023 – Spray painted body tube w2ith Rust-oleum #328373 High Gloss White, adapter with Krylon # 1910 Gloss True Blue and nose cone with Krylon #1803 Gloss Banner Red.
  • 06/05/2023 – Spray painted fins and lower body tube with Krylon #3926 Shimmer Metalic Black.
  • 06/11/2023 – Applied water slide decals to model using photo card as guide. Took picture of finished model. This completes construction of Semroc # KV-51 Snipe Hunter model rocket.








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