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Semi-Scale Model of The Navy' Famous Air-to-Air Missile

Phoenix Missile 4" Diameter

Price: $99.95

PN: 07243
Skill Level 3: Average Skills Needed
Length: 40.50" (102.87 cm)
Weight: 60.00 oz (1700.97 g)
Diameter (Max): 4.00" (10.16 cm)
Fin Count: 4
Motor Size: 38mm
Recovery System: 36" (91.44 cm) Nylon cloth parachute
Launch Pad Type: High Power
Manufactured by: Madcow Rocketry

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This semi-scale model of the Navy's famous air-to-air missile is a "High Power Rocket" that can be used to get a level-1 certification. Did I mention it is HUGE? It is 4 inches in diameter, and 40.5 inches long.

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Madcow Rocketry Phoenix

The Madcow Rocketry 4-inch (10.2 cm) diameter Phoenix kit is a HPR capable model in every aspect. You'll find that it is the perfect rocket if you'd like to get your Level-1 High-Power Certification, because it is very robust to handle the stresses of high power flight. And it is a simple rocket to build, so you'll be able to get ready for your certification flight in a short amount of time.

The kit comes with heavy wall cardboard tubes, a thick-wall polyethylene-plastic nose cone with a heavy duty screw eye for shock cord attachment, 1/4-inch thick plywood fins using through-the-wall attachment, a 1/2-inch wide tubular nylon shock cord, and a 36 inch diameter nylon parachute. It even comes with a flame-resistant chute protector so you don't ever need to use recovery wadding.

Madcow Rocketry Phoenix Missile High-Power Rocket kit

About the Real Phoenix Missile
The AIM-54 Phoenix Missile is a radar-guided, long range air-to-air missile, currently used only by the Iranian Air Force. The Phoenix can only be flown on the F-14 Tomcat. It was the US Navy's only long range air-to-air missile, and was retired on Sept. 30, 2004. Madcow Rocketry Phoenix High-Power Rocket kit

What Features Make This Kit Worthy To Be In Your Fleet?

Premium Quality Body Tubes - The tubes in the kit are thick-wall for extra strength. They'll easily handle the high-thrust of big motors. The surface is slick and smooth, which makes marking lines on them easy. Finishing is also a breeze, since the spirals are tight and require little filling.

38mm Engine Mount Tubes - This rocket is designed to handle high-power size engines, like the G through J size rocket motors.

Phoenix Parts
1/4-inch Thick Plywood fins - No wimpy lite-ply in this kit; these fins are made from 5-layer thick, high-density, premium plywood. You'll never break these babies, and you won't have to worry about fin flutter on high-speed flights. Plus, they are laser cut. This makes them perfectly uniform, and saves you the time of doing the stack-sanding yourself. Pheonix Plywood
Super Strong Plastic Nose Cone - Made from polyethylene plastic, this heavy-wall nose cone can really stand up to any amount of abuse you might give it. The 9.5 inch exposed length is just one feature. It has raised ribs on the shoulder that can be sanded down to give you a perfect fit into the body tube of the rocket. 4.0 Diameter Nose Cone

Rail Buttons - Because this is a bigger model, you'll need a longer launcher. The Delrin-plastic rail buttons fit the standard size rail launchers used by many clubs throughout the country.

Glossy vinyl decals - The decals are pressure-sensitive stickers that are ready to apply. It comes with tape backing on both sides of the letters. You peel off one side, slap it down in the right position on the rocket, and then peel up the other side. There is no glossy plastic that hangs over the edges of the lettering to distract from the appearance of the rocket.

Rail Buttons
Plywood Bulkhead and Centering Rings - Like the fins, the 1/4" thick plywood used on the rings is 5-ply to make them extra strong. Plywood Centering Rings

Nylon® cloth parachutes - You'll receive a 36" diameter chute built for high power size rockets.

Tubular Nylon® Shock Cord - The 10 feet of 9/16" wide shock cord is designed for high power rockets like this one. You anchor it to the heavy-duty solid steel screw eye on the forward engine mount centering ring.

Through-the-Wall Fin Mounting - Tabs on the base of the fins are slipped through slots in the body tube and mount directly to the engine mount tube. This makes the fins extra strong.

What Makes This a Skill Level 3 Rocket?

The main reason this is a Skill Level 3 is that the instructions call for epoxy as the primary adhesive. This may be a little bit overkill, as the through-the-wall fins are nicely machined and the fit itself makes them quite strong when assembled with wood glue.

Epoxy can be messy and cause an allergic reaction in some people. Adult supervision and wearing rubber gloves is recommended when working with epoxy.

This Phoenix is a bigger rocket that uses heavy wall tubes. While the tubes don't make the rocket any harder to assemble, it does require extra safety precautions when flown. Patience and acquired flying skills to know when NOT to fly are just as important as quality construction techniques.

This kit does not include an engine retention system. There are some suggestions on our motor retention information page. Additionally, it can easily be modified to use the Aero Pack Engine Retainers. This gives the model an extra professional-looking appearance.



Tools needed to assemble the Phoenix Missile 4" Diameter Rocket Kit

  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Masking Tape
  • Hobby Knife - X-Acto with #11 Blade
  • Adhesives - 5 minute epoxy
  • Adhesives - Wood Glue
  • Long Dowel To Spread Glue Inside The Body Tube
  • Fix-It Epoxy Clay (for fillets)
  • Finishing Supplies like sanding sealer, paint and sandpaper (200 and 400 grit).
  • Lead or clay weight to balance the rocket
  • Motor Retention - Suggested: 38P Aeropack Retainer
To Launch This Rocket Kit, You'll Also Need:
  • Launch Pad & Controller - See below for recommended choices.
  • Rocket Motors - See the motor selection table below.
Optional tools to make building and flying the rocket easier:

Frequently Asked Questions about the Phoenix Missile 4" Diameter


Find out more about the Gun Turret Pad!Q: What launch pad should I use to launch this rocket kit?
A: Since this is a big rocket that uses the rail guiding system, you'll need the Gun Turret launch pad. With its all steel construction, and tilting head, this pad was developed specifically for people that want something that makes it easy to load and launch those large rockets.

Click here to order the GO-BOX controller.Interlock Launch ControllerQ: What launch controller can I use to ignite the motors?
A: We offer two different controllers that can be used for mid and high-power size rockets. The Aerotech Interlock and the Pratt Hobbies GO-BOX Controller.

Learn how to select rocket motorsQ: I need help selecting motors. What should I do? Can you teach me how to select them myself?
A: Watch this YouTube video - How to Select Model Rocket Engines

We encourage you to learn the proper motor selection technique. Please watch our YouTube video that will walk you step-by-step through the process


Additional Product Images


Phoenix Missile 4" Diameter - 38mm Engines

Use the chart below to help determine which motor to use for this kit.
Estimated Altitude Predictions generated using RockSim

Click the headers to sort up and down. Shift-click to sort multiple columns.
Use the drop down boxes below the headings to filter the list to specific criteria.
Motor Manuf.
/Case
Color Comment Altitude Delay* Price Buy Now!
H123W-14
#81321
AeroTech
38/240
White Lightning
Great for Level 1 Certification
Restricted: 18+, L1
1087 ft
(331 m)
6 sec
$27.81
(HAZ)
I161W-14
#81333
AeroTech
38/360
White Lightning
Restricted: 18+, L1
1909 ft
(582 m)
8 sec
$40.65
(HAZ)
I211W-14A
#81341
AeroTech
38/480
White Lightning
Restricted: 18+, L1
2500 ft
(762 m)
9 sec
$53.49
(HAZ)
I284W-14A
#81351
AeroTech
38/600
White Lightning
Restricted: 18+, L1
3008 ft
(917 m)
10 sec
$58.84
(HAZ)
J350W-14
#81363
AeroTech
38/720
White Lightning
Restricted: 18+, L2
3593 ft
(1095 m)
11 sec
$64.19
(HAZ)
J570W-M
#81370
AeroTech
38/1080
White Lightning
Parachute will be tight due to case length
Restricted: 18+, L2
4659 ft
(1420 m)
12 sec
$81.31
(HAZ)
H125
#71321
Cesaroni
2-Grain
Classic
Great for Level 1 Certification
Restricted: 18+, L1
1503 ft
(458 m)
8 sec
$32.60
(HAZ)
I170
#71331
Cesaroni
3-Grain
Classic
Restricted: 18+, L1
2181 ft
(665 m)
8 sec
$40.88
(HAZ)
I285
#71341
Cesaroni
4-Grain
Classic
Restricted: 18+, L1
2826 ft
(861 m)
10 sec
$49.32
(HAZ)
J285
#71351
Cesaroni
5-Grain
Classic
Restricted: 18+, L2
3451 ft
(1052 m)
10 sec
$56.67
(HAZ)
J330
#71361
Cesaroni
6-Grain
Classic
Restricted: 18+, L2
3887 ft
(1185 m)
11 sec
$62.05
(HAZ)
J420
#71371
Cesaroni
6XL-Grain
Classic
Parachute will be tight due to case length
Restricted: 18+, L2
4665 ft
(1422 m)
11 sec
$72.44
(HAZ)
I140W
#81290
AeroTech
Single Use
New Blue Thunder
Good for Level 1 Certification on SU motor
Restricted: 18+, L1
1962 ft
(598 m)
8 sec
$45.99
(HAZ)
I280DM
#81291
AeroTech
Single Use
Metalstorm Dark Matter
Restricted: 18+, L1
3014 ft
(919 m)
10 sec
$64.19
(HAZ)

Delay* given is recommended for calm wind conditions. Please double check with your RockSim file.
Set delays using the Aerotech Delay Drilling Tool or the Cesaroni PRO-DAT Tool.

Note: These motors (HAZ) are shipped with a HAZMAT fee of $28 on top of the standard UPS/FedEx ground shipping costs. (Learn More about HAZMAT Fees). These motors are non-returnable due to shipping regulations.

If you are purchasing an age- or certification-restricted motor, please email or fax us a copy of your ID, or NAR or TRA membership card as soon as possible so we can get your order shipped promptly. We will keep not of your status on file, so you only have to do this once. If you are not certified, please see our information page for additional details on membership and high power certification.


YOU MUST BE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OLD TO PURCHASE RELOAD KITS.

18+ - You must be at least 18yrs of age to purchase ths motor.

L1 - This motor is classified as "High Power" and requires a Level 1 certification via the NAR or TRA, or a scheduled attempt, to purchase.

L2 - This motor is classified as "High Power" and, due to the amount of propellant, requires a Level 2 certification via the NAR or TRA, or a scheduled attempt, to purchase.

Rocket motors are sold separately from the kit. For more help in selecting rocket motors, see our video tutorial. If you're unsure, start with the "First Flight" recommendation or the one with the lowest altitude, then go up from there.

For other motors that are not tested or not listed here, download the Phoenix Missile 4" Diameter RockSim file and load it to see if it will work in this rocket kit. See also Technical Publication #28 for guidance on selecting appropriate rocket engines other than those listed in this chart.


Phoenix Missile 4" Diameter - 29mm Engines
Aero Pack 29/38mm Motor AdapterMotor Adapters double the motor sizes you can use! With the Aero Pack 29/38mm Motor Adapter, fit a 29mm motor in a 38mm casing

The Aero Pack 29/38mm Motor Adapter allows you to change motor size in an instant! Just drop the adapter into your kit, and double the number of motors you can use.

Use the chart below to help determine which motor to use for this kit.
Estimated Altitude Predictions generated using RockSim

Click the headers to sort up and down. Shift-click to sort multiple columns.
Use the drop down boxes below the headings to filter the list to specific criteria.
Motor Manuf.
/Case
Color Comment Altitude Delay* Price Buy Now!
G80NT
#81270
AeroTech
Single Use
New Blue Thunder
Largest motor that doesn't require L1 Cert.
Restricted: 18+
588 ft
(179 m)
5 sec
$22.46
(HAZ)
H115DM
#81282
AeroTech
Single Use
Metalstorm Dark Matter
Restricted: 18+, L1
Not Yet Tested
Not Tested
$32.09
(HAZ)

Delay* given is recommended for calm wind conditions. Please double check with your RockSim file.
Set delays using the Aerotech Delay Drilling Tool or the Cesaroni PRO-DAT Tool.

Note: These motors (HAZ) are shipped with a HAZMAT fee of $28 on top of the standard UPS/FedEx ground shipping costs. (Learn More about HAZMAT Fees). These motors are non-returnable due to shipping regulations.

If you are purchasing an age- or certification-restricted motor, please email or fax us a copy of your ID, or NAR or TRA membership card as soon as possible so we can get your order shipped promptly. We will keep not of your status on file, so you only have to do this once. If you are not certified, please see our information page for additional details on membership and high power certification.


YOU MUST BE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OLD TO PURCHASE RELOAD KITS.

18+ - You must be at least 18yrs of age to purchase ths motor.

L1 - This motor is classified as "High Power" and requires a Level 1 certification via the NAR or TRA, or a scheduled attempt, to purchase.

Rocket motors are sold separately from the kit. For more help in selecting rocket motors, see our video tutorial. If you're unsure, start with the "First Flight" recommendation or the one with the lowest altitude, then go up from there.

For other motors that are not tested or not listed here, download the Phoenix Missile 4" Diameter RockSim file and load it to see if it will work in this rocket kit. See also Technical Publication #28 for guidance on selecting appropriate rocket engines other than those listed in this chart.


RockSim File

Phoenix Missile 4 To see how the Phoenix Missile 4" Diameter looks and performs with each motor configuration, download the FREE RockSim design file.

This file can be opened with the FREE demo version of RockSim. Both Windows and Macintosh versions are available.

What is a RockSim Design file?

The RockSim software gives you a lot of information about the flight characteristics of this rocket: how high, how fast, where it will land, how will it react to wind, etc. The "design file" is intended to save you time. All the parameters (size, shape, weight, fin design, etc.) of this rocket have already been entered into the RockSim program, and saved as an electronic database file. You can just open it up in your copy of RockSim and start loading different rocket motors to run launch simulations. It's fun and educational to see the rocket zoom skyward, even before you built it. For more information about RockSim and to download a FREE 30-day demo version, click here.


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