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220 Swift

Description

The Estes 220 Swift is a super high performance, mini engine powered rocket with attitude that really knows how to rip through the sky. Great things come in small packages has never been more true than with this little devil. This mini rocket is as sleek as they come and can reach amazing launch heights when used with our economical mini engines. It’s easy to build and finish, having just 10 parts including wood fins for precision performance, a plastic nose cone for durability and cool black and white decals. This high performance mini rocket safely tumbles back to earth after every launch. Talk about dynamite performance, the Swift is a blast to fly!

Additional Information

  • Length: 4.5″
  • Diameter: 0.54″
  • Weight: 0.09 oz.
  • Recovery: Featherweight
  • Fin: Laser Cut Wood
  • Decal: Self Adhesive
  • Altitude: 850′
  • Recommended Motors:
    • 1/4A3-3T, 1/2A3-2T, 1/2A3-4T, A3-4T, A10-3T

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Build History

  • 12/13/2003 – Purchased Estes 220 Swift from Hobby Lobby in Greenwood, IN for $2.99 (Retail $3.49).
  • 12/14/2003 – Took pictures of package, opened package and took pictures of contents. Measured balsa strips, decals, nose cone and launch lug and recorded on page 100 Book #2.
  • 12/15/2003 – Cut out fin template and tube marking guide from a copy of instruction sheet. Traced fin pattern to balsa strip and cut out fins using an Xacto knife. Sanded edges smooth and rounded leading edge and tapered trailing edge. Marked body tube using guide and drew fin reference lines the length of the body tube. Glued fins along reference line and filleted joints.
  • 12/28/2003 – Applied Aero Gloss 70-4 Balsa filler coat to the three fins using a small brush.
  • 01/11/2004 – Sanded balsa filler with 150 grit sandpaper and then with 600 grit sandpaper. Applied a second filler coat.
  • 01/14/2004 – Sanded with 320 grit sandpaper. Model is now ready to paint.
  • 05/10/2004 – Applied balsa filler to fins.
  • 05/24/2004 – Sanded balsa filler with 220 grit sandpaper.
  • 06/03/2004 – Applied balsa filler.
  • 08/26/2004 – Glued on nose cone and spray painted Krylon Gloss White #1501.

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