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Aim for the sky and try not to miss!  
Model Rocket!
Skill Level 3 Futuristic model Future model
Model Number: FR016
MIRA model rocket

for free painting template!

Length: 16.0" white_25x10.gif (830 bytes)
Diameter: 0.736"
Fin Span: 4.3"
Weight: 2.9 oz.
Parachute Recovery
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Recommended Engines:
B6-2   C6-3

Retail: $ 25.95

It's a special kind of feeling when you can do something special for someONE who is so special to you.  Being in a position to name a new model rocket kit (or whatever product you manufacture) after your grand daughter is just too cool for words!

While it isn't world shaking, it is still fun.  It is my hope that as Mira grows up she feels just that extra little bit special because her name appears on one of Gramps' model rocket kits!

As for the model itself, the MIRA cuts a fine line in the best

tradition of FlisKits Futuristic kits.  It features a very unique look, graceful styling, and imaginative lines. Features offered with this kit include:

  • Water slide decals
  • Laser cut detail parts
  • Raised panel details
  • Bent-wood construction

The kit sports 5 paper shrouds that need to be formed, with 2 in the nose cone alone.  the nose tip is, in fact, 3D printed plastic and the forward shroud of the cone houses nose weight needed to assure stability for all recommended motors.

Additionally, the MIRA provides a very unique building experience with the bent-wood fins that are formed using a cardboard ring (short length of BT-101 tubing) and some specially cut balsawood formers.  The

figures from the instructions, shown below, give a hint to this process.  An exciting new technique that is sure to enhance some of your own designs in the future!

In keeping with our Futuristic theme, the MIRA also has her own part in the role of protecting and expanding the role of the United Solar Planetary Federation (USPF), as is seen in the kit cover art and opening to the instructions.

Functioning as a multi-purpose communications satellite, the MIRA is involved in decoding messages from the xenophobic Tarnk'Nak race, deep within the Horsehead nebula. Needless to say, this will change things forever in this sector of space!

Explore the USPF, explore your imagination, explore rocketry as you never have before!  The MIRA is poised to challenge your building skills, amaze your fellow rocketeers and fire the imagination as never before!

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The figure above, from the instructions, shows how
the curved fins are created for the MIRA kit

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This image shows a figure from the instructions detailing the
attachment of the curved fins to the body of the MIRA kit.

Mira resting on the pad at a recent CMASS launch.  Flew fine on the B6-2 but I noticed a slight stability wiggle at motor burnout, indicating a marginal situation.  Not wanting to risk the BEAUTIFUL build and finish job that Tony Vincent did on this display model, I opted to add nose weight before trying the C motor...
The nose weight did the job!  Burn out, with the B motor, showed no wiggle at all.  At left is the launch with a C6-3 for a picture perfect flight!
Her graceful return marked the end of another series of test flights of a new product.  I went home to finish the documentation and begin ordering materials for production!

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