Jim Flis's wildest creation looks like something straight out of the funny pages. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to imagine the A.C.M.E. Spitfire flying around the far side of the moon.
Douglas Shrock, better known as Shrox, designed the Alien 8 for FlisKits. The futuristic, and definitely alien, Alien 8 kit includes silk-screened waterslide decals, balsawood nose cones, laser-cut light plywood round fins, a Kevlar enhanced recovery system and a fin jig to help in attaching fins.
Rated by FlisKits as a "Skill Level 1.5" build, the Avalear is a perfect second or third rocket kit to build.
Jim Flis designed the kit to to introduce skills needed to construct more difficult kits such as cutting fins. The Avalear comes with a sheet of balsa fin stock and patterns for the two different shape fins (six fins in all). The fin shapes are simple in design making cutting with a straight edge quite easy. Additionally, the kit includes a BT-19 dummy motor tube that is glued to a Fin Alignment Template to make aligning the fins a breeze. The end result is a fairly easy build, a sharp looking rocket and new skills that you can apply to your next model rocket kit.
What's in a name? FlisKit's "Big Honkin' Rocket" stands a staggering 3.26 inches tall. This kit contains the parts to build three Big Honkin' Rockets. This tiny performer flies on MicroMaxx II motors.
Borealis is a beautiful display of dancing lights in the Northern sky which is powered by the sun. Borealis is also a beautiful ship powered by the interstellar debris left in the wake of the formation of suns.
Standing over 30" tall with graceful tube fins, the Borealis features the most unique set of laser-cut parts ever offered in a model rocket kit - fins, centering rings, and even parts for two alignment jigs.
In addition to the laser-cut parts, the Borealis also features:
Ducted Ejection: No recovery wadding is needed! The mid-ship section, constructed from three thin tubes functions as a 14" long ejection baffle reaching all the way up to the forward parachute compartment.
Tube Fins: Not just any tube fins, but the largest ever offered in a model rocket kit.
Alignment Jigs: Two different jigs that help make creating a complex assembly easy.
Decals: A new form of peel-n-stick decals made from two-mil vinyl providing vibrant colors and a very aggressive adhesive to keep them in place. The stickers are contour cut to the edge of the decal color so no cutting is required. Historically modelers have disliked peel-n-stick decals, but we believe that this new style of material and printing process will change this opinion.
FlisKits designed the Bull's Eye as a unique kit for beginners. With NINE fins and a large tail ring, this fat and stubby rocket is sharp looking. But, it's still a breeze to assemble and flies great on B and C motors.
Named for the fastest land animal, the Cheetah is a sleek, two-stage rocket.
Long and sleek, the Corona is also an excellent performer. With its strong, laser-cut plywood fins, the Corona is also sturdy. It will be a part of your rocket fleet for a long time.
The Corona 2 Booster is an optional booster you can add to your Corona rocket (sold separately). Featuring laser-cut plywood fins, this unique tube-finned booster compliments the tube fin of the Corona. In fact, the booster mates to the tail ring of the Corona giving the two-stage Corona the most incredible profile of any model rocket.
Designed for streamer duration contests, the Cougar 660 employs a paper reduction shroud (tailcone) to cut drag, a parabolic nose cone, and 1/64" aircraft-grade plywood fins.
Included are 3 different fin patterns giving you the ultimate in customization for such a model. Choose from parabolic, swept parabolic and asymmetric parabolic.
Enhancing the competition nature of this kit, the Cougar 660 comes with a large 6" X 60" competition grade streamer with detailed assembly instructions. For sport and test flights a 20" crepe paper streamer is also included.
Rounding out this champion is the inclusion of a "Pop-Lug" kit with full instructions. The Pop-Lug allows you to launch your Cougar 660 on any conventional launch pad (with a 1/8" launch rod) WITHOUT the drag penalty of carrying a launch lug on the rocket. This provides up to a 15% reduction in drag!. The Pop-Lug stays on the launch pad allowing the Cougar 660 to climb to incredible altitudes.
FlisKits's D-Nelson Tomahawk is a stylish sport model and sister ship to the Praetor model rocket kit.
Both the D-Nelson Tomahawk and the Praetor are commemorative kits designed by Jim Flis for the Pearl River MOD-Roc conventions held in Pearl River, NY. This particular design, over 10 years in retirement, commemorates the last of the Pearl River conventions and bears the name of the founder and host, Richard (Dick) Nelson.
Featuring forward swept fins sitting atop rakish tube fins with matching and contrasting edges, the D-Nelson Tomahawk also implements pass-through ejection.
The Dead Ringer is a unique MicroMaxx kit. The Dead Ringer features three large hoop fins, supported by laser-cut fiber fins.
The Decaffeinator is a first in the world of model rocketry. Not that this is the first foam cup rocket ever made. But it IS the first foam cup rocket KIT ever made!
Foam cup rockets seem to be a product of the minds of rocketeers in the North East USA but their actual origins are not known. First seen by Jim Flis at a Pearl River MODroc conference, Jim has explored these beasts for many years trying new and different designs every time. They are fun to build and always get attention at the launch field.
The Decim8 is the most sinister battle ship ever to hit the skies. The FlistKits Decim8 features eleven fins, six pre-cut body tubes, six guns, waterslide decals, and the most sophisticated engine mount ever used in a model rocket kit.
The Deuce's Wild is a two-motor cluster rocket with a twist ... or a tilt. The two motor tubes are canted producing an exciting smoke trail as the rocket flies into the sky.
Although, it's important that the two motors light at the same time for the rocket to fly well, FlisKits has designed the Deuce's Wild with safety in mind. The motors are angled so that the thrust line of each motor is aligned with the Center of Gravity of the rocket. What this means is, if the motors don't light at exactly the same time, or one motor fails to light, the Deuce's Wild will still tend to fly straight.
Featuring FlisKit's "Jig Tech" fins, the dooDad is super easy to build, low cost, and extra strong (which may be important when in the hands of excited beginners).
The use of basswood provides a much stronger fin than that found with balsa. This helps to eliminate the problem of broken fins on launch day with your class or youth group. Another nice feature of this kit is the use of an engine hook for positive motor retention. This is an important aspect to a beginner kit but is rarely found in minimum diameter models as there is no way to secure the hook in place. This problem is solved because of the nature of the Jig Tech fin unit. The hook is simply trapped under the fin unit and help firmly in place.
FlisKit's Eagle Eye MicroMaxx model rocket kit id a down-scaled version of Flis's Drkae kit. The Eagle Eye features laser-cut fins and water-slide decals.
The Frick-n-Frack is a two-stage saucer. You'll surprise everyone at your launch when the Frick-n-Frack stages at 40 or 50 feet in the air, dropping the lower stage and half of her stabilizing plates a the sustainer continues on its way.
Featuring low, slow flights, the F-n-F is perfect for small fields and demonstration flights. Your audience and actually witness the staging event as it occurs close to the ground even with the largest motors. You don't have to worry about loosing either part because they are large and the rocket does not fly very high.
The F-n-F features six large sheets of precision laser-cut parts including assembly jigs and highly-detailed instructions. In spite of all the parts, the Frick-n-Frack is an easy build.
Be sure, however, to launch your Frick-n-Frack in very low winds. Saucer rockets have a tendency to weather-cock (turn into the wind) a great deal and multi-stage saucers are even MORE prone to do this. Always launch your Frick-n-Frack in dead calm and always pointed STRAIGHT up.
Standing just under three inches in height, this space man soars into the sky under the power of a Micromaxx motor. The motor ejects at apogee and the Intergalactic Man of Space tumbles to earth ready to fly again.
The Just Past Due is small, but in the world of Micromaxx rocketry, it's a giant. Almost 10" long, the Just Past Due features a very unique nested-tube fin design. Five tubes are included with this kit which are used to create a total of eight tubes used in construction. The clear instructions include two templates used to accurately cut the provided tubes into these unique fins.
NOTE: This is a Skill Level 2 kit. Construction of this kit involves cutting body tubes to make the sloped tube fins.
The K'TNG'A is the latest in FlisKits' series of SciFi-inspired model rocket kits. This Skill Level 3 kit will challenge your building skills. The K'TNG'A is the first of Jim Flis's designs to use bent-wood as an integral part of the construction.
FlisKit's M.A.C.M.E. Shrew is a tiny version of their classic A.C.M.E. Spitfire. Flying on MicroMaxx motors, the Shrew is 1/4 the size of the Spitfire.
The Mudwasp is a very easy to build Micromaxx-powered kit. The Mudwasp is stocky and wide, making it very draggy. This results in lower altitude flights which is great for flights in small fields.
FlisKits' Mystic shares the futuristic styling of its sisterships, the Alien8 and Decim8. The Mystic's over-size fins, unique fin arrangement, wide body, and laser-cut intake detail set this model apart from the rest of your fleet.
Fliskits took more than a year to develop the Night Whisper. This futuristic kit features silk-screened water-slide decals, a unique split tube with ducted ejection, distinctive ovoid fins with an inspiring slant, and enough guns and antennae to satiate the most tried and true SciFi fan among us.
Check it out, y'all! The FlisKits Pheord X150 is a high-octane hoot for the redneck in every rocketeer. This six-cylinder saucer has imitation leather seats, an eight-track tape deck, and a custom red-rag antimatter cap.
The Praetor's most distinctive feature is its large fins. With the distinctive fins and slow, majestic lift-offs, this rocket is a crowd pleaser.
The Praetor also has a very important and unique history. The Praetor was the anniversary kit, designed by Jim Flis and presented to attendees of the 1990 Pearl River Model Rocketry Convention in Pearl River, NY, founded and hosted by teacher Dick Nelson.
The Praetor also has a small payload section suitable for a variety of payloads. A colorful 16" parachute returns your model gently, flight after flight. A fine addition to any model rocket fleet, the Praetor will provide many hours of enjoyment, both building and launching!
This booster turns your Praetor rocket (sold separatley) into a two-stage rocket. Providing a very nice profile as a combined craft, the combination of the booster plus the Praetor gives this stack the look of a military air-to-air or surface-to-air missile.
As with the Praetor model, you will be cutting trapezoid fins from provided balsa stock. Also, some modification may be needed to the stage coupler depending on how closely you followed the instructions in building your Praetor model. All of this, and more, is covered in the instructions for the booster.
FisKits' Proxima Centauri kit models the first ever manned spaceship to explore beyond our solar system. Her mission is to travel to our nearest neighbor, Proxima Centauri, and to see if there are any habitable planets there.
The Proxima Centauri kit features:
- Large balsa nose cone
- Balsa tube adapter (transition)
- plastic rod details
- Large fins
- Large sheet of colorful water slide decals
Standing nearly three-feet tall, the Proxima Centauri is a must for any enthusiast of future possibilities and the idea that we not only WILL go out there, we MUST go out there! Create your own universe, adventures and explorations as you build and fly the Proxima Centauri!
FlisKits designed the Rhino as a rocket to help educators. The kit is designed to be simple to build yet teach important skills required to construct model rockets. The kit provides two different fin designs to allow each student to customize the appearance of the rocket.
Producing slow, realistic takeoffs, this large model is a perfect small field rocket. It doesn't fly very high and returns on a brightly colored FlisKits parachute.
The instructions include a detailed section on hints and tips to help beginners learn from the model building experience.
The Richter Recker is a seven-foot tall rocket that flies on a cluster of three motors. This giant features slow, realistic lift-offs.
From 1936 to 1939, Robert Goddard flew his K and L series of rockets. Attempting to build and test larger rockets, Goddard suffered a number of failures. Finally, he settled on a smaller and lighter rocket designed to attain higher altitudes.
The L-13 was the result of this effort. On March 26, 1937, Goddard's L-13 flew to an altitude of 2700 meters.
This 1:5.5 sport scale model of Goddard's L-13 rocket is easy to build and will provide you with a very nice looking reproduction of this famous rocket. Turning in outstanding flights on all motors, the L-13 is a must for scale enthusiast as well as history buffs and those who just want a very cool rocket to show off at their next launch.
The Rose-a-Roc kit is based on Art Rose's competition helicopter duration design.
Boosting on a wide variety of motors, the Rose-A-Roc leaps into the air, gaining surprising altitude. At apogee, the ejection charge burns away a hold-down string that releases three large, impressive, helicopter blades. Designed for a self-induced spin, she hangs in the air for a moment then begins to drop. Suddenly, the blades begin to spin and pick up speed! Riding a cushion of air as she descends, the Rose-A-Roc floats gently to the ground.
FlisKits has, with Art's permission, re-engineered the Rose-A-Roc for a simpler and more precise build. But, it remains a high-end competition model.
The Rose-a-Roc features a precision three-part, laser-cut hub that makes assembling the rotor hub a snap. The kit includes a custom-turned pre-drilled nose cone tailored for the Rose-a-Roc and precision laser-cut centering rings to hold the rotor shaft firmly for many flights. A unique method of attaching the launch lug allows the rocket to be flown without exotic launch equipment such as towers and pistons.
Long, sleek and mean looking, the Shadow Lord brings mystery and intrigue to any fleet of model rocket kits!
Styled to give the impression of an air-to-air missile, or perhaps and orbit-to-orbit missile, the Shadow Lord can defend the country or the planet or even the solar system!
Featuring 24mm power, water slide decals and clean, sleek lines, this model can easily become the favorite of your fleet! Motors are friction fit and a 3/16" launch rod is required.
Great for smaller fields with the C11 motor, the Shadow Lord will reach extreme altitudes on E and F motors!.
The Stingray is a Skill Level 3 kit that can challenge any rocketeer. But, the Stingray includes clear instructions and quality materials to allow most any modeler the ability to build and learn from this unique kit.
This kit does NOT come with any markings, leaving the decoration and style of the finished product up to your imagination.
John Bishop built the rocket in our photos. The detail he adds brings all of his rockets to life. One technique he uses is to draw details, such as rivets and panels, onto the rocket using a pen.
FlisKits' 1/8th sport scale model of the Navy's Tartar missile stands over 21-inches tall. The Tartar missile, a short/medium range surface-to-air missile, first flew in 1958. Declared operational in 1962, the Tartar is essentially a Terrier HT-3 without a booster. Designated as RIM-24A, the Tartar missile was effective within altitudes of 50-50,000 feet at distances between 2000 yards to 7.5 nm.
The name "Tesla" brings about images of electricity, lightning bolts, power and imagination to anyone with even a rudimentary interest in the sciences. Hailed as one of the unsung hero's of the early scientific revolution, Nikola Tesla was a futurist best known for his contribution to the concept of Alternating Current (what we all use today in our homes).
FlisKits's Tesla model rocket kit, three years in the making, is an homage to Tesla's work and his dreams.
The most notable aspect of the Tesla model rocket kit is the large plastic hoop that commands your attention. Sitting mid-ship, upon the tips of four fins, the hoop inspires the imagination.
The FlisKits Thing-a-Ma-Jig kit is designed for first-time rocket builders. The kit's laser-cut fins hold themselves together while the glue dries - ensuring perfect alignment.
These whimsical model rocket kits perform like no other micro model rocket kit! The low weight of these odd-rocs coupled with their high drag and tumble recovery results in lightning fast liftoffs with reasonably low altitudes and close-to-the-pad recoveries. The Traffic Cones kit includes the parts to assemble two Traffic Cone rockets. Easy-to-assemble and super-fast to prep for flight, these little guys will quickly become a hit at your next launch!
The Tri-Glide features three small gliders and a finless booster. The booster carries the three gliders payload to altitude using the gliders themselves as the fins of the rocket. At apogee, the motor's ejection charge deploys the parachute for the booster while detaching all three gliders which return gliding to earth.
Quick to prep and easy to fly, the Tri-Glide is even suitable for those days when the breezes would ground most other glider models. Just be sure that you have a large recovery crew because the Tri-Glide's gliders will land ALL OVER THE PLACE!
FlisKit's Trifecta is a three-stage rocket featuring laser-cut fins and a fin alignment jig for easy assembly. The Trifecta flies on Estes's mini engines which means that it does not go very high. You will be able to see each staging event as the rocket ascends to about 150 feet. And, you'll be able to easily recover all three stages.
The Trifecta is an excellent introduction to multi-stage rockets and it makes a great rocket for demonstration flights.
FlisKits's Triskelion is a terrific choice for your second rocket (or your 100th). The Triskelion features laser-cut fins which give it a sharp look.
The U.S.S. Grissom is the pride of the FlisKits fleet of model rockets! At 30.6" tall, it is the tallest mini-engine powered bird in our fleet, but that's only the start. Unlike other models that have employed ducted ejection gasses, the U.S.S. Grissom has the narrowest profile of them all, giving it one of the most graceful appearances in model rocketry today. The inclusion of solar panels and it's impressive length to diameter ratio makes this one of the most stable model rockets you'll ever fly. Add to that a highly detailed set of water slide decals and you have a model that will stand out from all the rest!
The U.S.S. Grissom is a complex model to construct, but is not beyond even a novice modeler, as the assembly instructions allow for simplified construction, such as ellimination of the solar panels, reducing it's skill level to 3.
Jim Flis built the UFFO as a fun and silly rocket to fly just for himself. Launching it for the first, time Jim watched, amazed, as his foam creation soared smoothly into the sky then slowly rolled over and gently floated back down.
The UFFO flies on B6-0 and C6-0 motors to bring you very majestic lift offs and incredibly gentle landings. Perfect for small fields and capable of WOWing everyone at large launches, the UFFO is the answer to every rocketeers silly dreams of "what can I fly next?"
The UFFO can be assembled in under an hour with the use of a hot glue gun. Made almost entirely of foam, the UFFO is ultra-light weight and a snap to prepare for flight. Just install the motor, insert an igniter, and the UFFO is ready to launch.
The US TOG is an upscale version of one of FlisKits's tiny micromaxx rockets. The original TOG was a pip-squeak compared to this giant. The US TOG is almost three feet long and powered by the mighty C11 and D11 motors.
From its smaller cousin, the US TOG inherits a mix of rearward and forward swept fins/wings with wing pods, ram jets and all sorts of sloped (scalloped) tubes. The larger size of this kit allows more complexity and detail For example, the US TOG sports a pair of detailed ram jet tubes with ram jet intakes with intricately cut fins made from 0.025" this card stock. This level of detail is unprecedented and results in a very sharp looking model.
Powered by MicroMaxx motors, the FlisKits V2-WAC Bumper is a micro-scale model of the V2 coupled with a WAC Corporal missile as tested during the "Bumper" project.
This kit features 3D printed parts.