Building InFlight's Omega CloneWhen Inflight Rockets announced their release of a clone of Estes's Omega two-stage rocket, I wasted little time in ordering a kit.
The Omega was one of my favorite rockets when I was young. When I was about 13 or 14 years old, I saved money for months in order to buy an Omega with the Cineroc movie camera.
I never flew the rocket two-staged. One D motor seemed too large (and too expensive) for me to consider using two. But, I flew the Omega many times as a single-stage rocket.
Fast forward more than 30 years and Inflight's kit arrives in the mail ...
The kit is packaged in a plastic bag.
All of the parts seem to be of the highest quality, from the laser-cut fins to the Hartle Engineering Thermal Rider parachute.
Construction is very straight-forward and all the parts fit together well. I was able to complete the construction in one evening.
The only difficulty I had was applying the decals. The instructions warn you that they are delicate and I managed to tear one. But, I was able to line up the pieces to hide the mistake. And the rocket looked great.
I flew the Omega on a D12-0 staged to a D12-7. The flight was beautiful, but I could barely see it when the parachute deployed. Although, it was a calm day, the upper-stage drifted about a quarter-mile. With the help of a long stick, I was able to retrieve it from a tree.
Watch the First Launch of the Omega in Slow-Motion
The Omega clone is an excellent kit. Thanks to Inflight, an old favorite has joined my fleet of rockets.
[Posted: 2008-07-13 | Updated: 2008-08-08]