Thursday, November 3, 2016

Noris Raketen Aggregat - 9, Part 1, Parts

This build kit is from Noris Raketen, a German hobby company.
Here's some copy from the Apogee website that pretty much says it all:

"This is a warning: These kits are NOT for beginners. They require extra finishing skills from the modeler.
I want to point out the negative aspects of these kits up front, so that you know what you'd be getting when your shipment arrived.
The tubes in Noris Rocketry kits are not quite the same quality of tubes you would normally get from kits sold by Apogee Components. They do not have that smooth glassine coating that makes our tubes so nice to work with. You'll find they have a matte finish, like an ordinary piece of photocopy paper. I'm surprised at how much strength the glassine adds to the tube, because without it, these tubes feel a bit soft. The good news is that once everything is assembled and glued up, they are as strong as USA-made rocket kits. The ends of the tubes on the models we built were fairly rough, and the spiral seams were pretty deep. It will take extra work to prepare the tubes prior to painting them.
Some of the fits, where parts mate with each other, may also require a bit of work. For example, a couple of the centering rings on the Vostok kit were very loose. I had to use extra glue to fill the gaps than I'd normally apply to a model. In addition, I had one tube coupler that was a little tight, but this was easily fixed by peeling one layer of paper off the tube."

I had heard the Noris body tubes could be very rough, but these weren't that bad. Not Estes quality, but workable.
The instruction illustration is how I'll finish the model, not like the box picture.
(The 45 gram clay weight isn't in the picture.)

Parts of interest:
The round "X" piece is the nose cone base. Very tight fitting.
The engine mount tube is robust, thicker than a thick walled BT-50H.
The engine hook is spring steel, thicker than usual.
The decals are peel and stick. I'll probably draw up some new water slides.
The long oval shaped piece is the clear cockpit. Not a hard plastic but rubbery.
The round elastic shock cord is thick but way too short.
The fins pictured here are thick fiber. The larger side "wing" fins are cut from balsa.
The launch lugs are white plastic.

Hang on to your hats - This is going to be a bumpy ride!


  1. It should be noted that this and most all other kits from Noris were designed and made back in the 80's. The company was more or less a one man show with the owner having passed away several years ago. The quality is somewhat poor but the type of rockets offered are to this day one of a kind.

    BTW: Noris is spelled with one r.

    1. Thanks for the info Leo!
      Well, I've got to give him credit! That's pretty impressive for a small company to have nose cone molds made and parachutes printed. They are one of a kind.
      I'll correct the Noris spelling.