The Edmonds CiCi Stage 2 is a unique model. To the best of my knowledge, it is the only 2-stage model rocket marketed today in which both stages return to Earth using glider recovery. Rob Edmonds has truly put together an object of beauty! And performance! And simplicity! All this comes packaged with Edmonds' signature jigsaw-puzzle-style assembly.
As I pointed out before, the model is a 2-stage rocket in which each stage is a glider. While the booster and sustainer are together, the carefully balanced aerodynamic forces allow the CiCi Stage 2 to ascend like any rocket would. At burnout of the booster, the "gap staged" engine arrangement results in reliable ignition of the sustainer engine, which propels the second stage to obscene heights! At the same time, the aerodynamic imbalance brought about by the separation of the stages causes the booster stage to glide lazily back to the Earth.
Finally, after the sustainer engine burns out, the ejection charge forces another another imbalance in the aerodynamic forces, leading the CiCi sustainer to also glide back to its proud owner!
NB: This kit is now out-of-production (OOP) and has become a collector's item. It is in a "new-in-bag" (NIB) condition. Very limited quantities available. Get it now!!
Skill level: 3
Length: 20 in.
Wingspan: 12 in.
Booster: B6-0, C6-0
Sustainer: 1/2A6-2, A8-3, B4-4, C6-5
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