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Old 09-06-2014, 10:16 PM
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Default Instruction Manual for Cox Nike Zeus

Anyone have a scan of the Instruction Manual for the Cox Nike Zeus model rocket?
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Old 03-19-2021, 06:20 AM
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Anyone have a scan of the Instruction Manual for the Cox Nike Zeus model rocket?

Found the following set of instructions for the Cox Nike Zeus at the Smithsonian NASM G. Harry Stine collection: https://airandspace.si.edu/collecti...sm_A19930685000

I'm not certain if the Cox Nike Zeus instructions had only two pages, or if there are additional pages. Anyone else know?

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Old 08-13-2021, 06:09 PM
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I'm not certain if the Cox Nike Zeus instructions had only two pages, or if there are additional pages. Anyone else know?

Well, I managed to find the answer to my own question by locating a complete copy of the Cox Nike Zeus model rocket instruction manual. The Cox Nike Zeus instructions do, in fact, have four pages as shown below.

Edit: For some strange reason, the images displayed in reverse order, pages 4,3,2,1, instead of the other way around. Anybody know how to change the image display order? (Perhaps Scott Hansen can re-arrange in the correct order.)

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Old 08-13-2021, 06:13 PM
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As an added bonus, I also found a postcard displaying a Nike Zeus in flight that the Cox Nike Zeus was based upon.

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Old 08-13-2021, 06:37 PM
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I see the Cox engine data sheets show the D8-0 and D8-3 being 15n-sec Ds.
Not in a MILLION YEARS were they even close to that. More like 12-13n-sec.
I loved those D8-3s, but in reality they were like a full C plus an A motor.
They were just enough to get a great flight out of a Mars Lander, or the 1284 Space Shuttle.
Good in the draggy Centuri Super Kits and the Centuri 1/100 Saturn 1B in a cluster.
Never tried 3 of them in an Estes K-36 Saturn V but sure would have been better than a single D12-3 or 3xC6-3.
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Old 08-21-2021, 07:14 PM
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Found this additional photo of a Nike Zeus model B, which is what the Cox Nike Zeus model is based upon.

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Old 08-21-2021, 07:50 PM
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Boyce Aerospace Hobbies sells a 1:24 Scale 3D printed reproduction of the Cox Nike Zeus.
https://boyceaerospacehobbies.com/c...24th-scale-24mm
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Old 08-22-2021, 08:10 AM
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Here is a roll pattern you don't see everyday.
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Old 08-22-2021, 10:42 AM
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The ONLY thing that made the brick-heavy plastic RTF Cox Nike Zeus worthwhile was the 2-stage feature.
That was their only rocket that used their 18mm D8-0 and other booster motors.

I always took a "dim view" of their all plastic RTF rockets and thought of them as real "junkers".

All-plastic is fine for RTF . 049 control-line airplanes. For rockets, not so much.
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The ONLY thing that made the brick-heavy plastic RTF Cox Nike Zeus worthwhile was the 2-stage feature.
That was their only rocket that used their 18mm D8-0 and other booster motors.

I always took a "dim view" of their all plastic RTF rockets and thought of them as real "junkers".

All-plastic is fine for RTF . 049 control-line airplanes. For rockets, not so much.


I really liked the COX rocket models when I was a kid.
The Nike-Zeus was my favorite.

Since then I have acquired all of the COX rocket models.
The Little Joe II, Nike-Zeus and Saturn 1B are currently displayed on shelves in my room.

COX rockets were perfect for use with composite motors.
I flew a Saturn V four times with an E15 cluster.
Too bad I only got both motors ignited on two flights.
The last flight totaled the rocket on the hard-packed ground outside of Las Vegas.
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