Fantastic scale Patriot
Posted by Tony on 3rd Apr 2015
There's only two ways that this kit could be better, and both would dictate a steep increase in price. That would be a boat tail and correctly profiled fins.
That being said, the fin outlines are still to scale, and the rest of the kit is magnificent. I overbuilt mine by a lot, so mine was significantly heavier than the description. Flight weight for me is in the 100-110 ounce range, with a 29mm motor and avionics.
The parts fit very well, with the exception of the nose cone, which has a smaller outer base diameter than the outer diameter of the body tube. This can either be built up on the nose cone or the body can be sanded down a bit to meet the cone. That is my only gripe.
The fins fit as close to perfect as possible. Only slight filing of the fin slots were needed. The coupler/av bay fit a little tight for my taste, but that was easily remedied with a bit of sanding. The optional 54mm motor mount I got was great. I again went with the overbuilding and got a 3rd centering ring for in front of the fin tabs. The included hardware, i.e. the all-thread, eye-bolts, etc., were sufficiently sturdy for the build.
If you've been thinking of building a larger scale Patriot, do not hesitate. This kit is great.
High Power Rocket
Heavy Duty Plastic Nose Cone
1/4" Plywood Laser Cut Fins and Rings
Delrin Rail Buttons
Dual Deployment Capable
Cut Vinyl Decal
9/16" Tubular Nylon Shock Cord
Motor Mount: 38mm (Optional 54mm)
Fins: 1/4"Ì´ååÌÎå«Ì´å Plywood
Optional Recovery System:
36" Quality Nylon Chute
12x12 Chute Protector
Optional Altimeter Bay:
Choose a reduced price removable or standard altimeter bay upgrade. Note, the reduced price altimeter bay upgrade does not include a couple parts that are redundant with the parts included in the kit.
The PATRIOT is the U.S. Army's most advanced air defense system. Capable of defeating both high performance aircraft and tactical ballistic missiles, it is the only operational air defense system that can shoot down attacking missiles. A PATRIOT battery (i.e., the basic firing unit) consists of a phased array radar, an engagement control station, computers, power generating equipment, and up to eight launchers, each of which holds four ready-to-fire missiles. There are about 90 soldiers assigned to a battery, but three soldiers in the engagement control station are the only personnel required to operate the battery in combat. The first combat use of PATRIOT occurred in Saudi Arabia and Israel during Operation Desert Storm.