My first venture into high powered rocketry never got off the ground.
None of this was the rocket's fault. The Small Endeavor is a very
good looking rocket with excellent PML quality. It was strictly
a lack of experience on my part. I made too many mistakes and decided
to abandon the project.
I regularly see experienced rocketeers suggest the Small Endeavor
to novices for their first Level 1 project. Many beginners take
this advice and do make successful Level 1 certification flights.
However, I don't agree with this recommendation and here's why.
The other advice frequently offered to novices is the "Keep
It Simple" rule. The Small Endeavor breaks this rule. It has
twice as many fins. Resulting in twice as much work and twice as
many things that can go wrong.
If you're searching for a 2.6" rocket for your Level 1 attempt,
I would recommend the often overlooked PML
Explorer instead. It is a good looking rocket and more practical
for the beginner. After you get your Level 1 certification, you
can always look at the 4 inch PML Endeavor for a Level 2 project.
Weight: 35 oz.