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Product Review: Catapult Cruzers

Catapult Cruzers recently sent me a couple of samples to review. Catapult Cruzers are toy airplanes which you put together. Then you launch them using a lightweight bungee cord. They are also going to give a free Catapult Cruzer to one of you! See below.

ZM put together the airplane. He is 14 years old and he was able to do it himself just by following the directions. Younger Scouts will need some assistance from a parent since there is some cutting and superglue involved. But overall, you should be able to assemble the plane in about 30 minutes or so. ZM didn’t decorate his, but they can be decorated with decals. Or you could use permanent markers to decorate the wing.

We had a lot of fun flying these. To fly them you attach one end of the bungee cord to something like a fence p

In addition to the flyoff idea, Scouts could uses these as part of a STEM program, especially anything with an engineering theme.

So the bottom line is that our family and crew found these easy to assemble and fun to fly.

For more information about Catapult Cruzers, including instructions for holding a flyoff and videos of the planes in action, visit thost or pole. Then you just pull back on the cord and let it fly. And wow these things really fly! They loop up in the air and go a long distance. They are also durable enough to fly over and over again. ZM took the two samples to our Venturing Crew meeting and the teens had fun flying them on the playground.

If you want to do these as a unit activity, you can hold a “flyoff”. This is an idea similar to a pinewood derby. They fly their planes three times while somebody times them with a stopwatch. The Scout with the longest average flight time wins.e Catapult Cruzer website.

Do you want to try it yourself? See below for details about a Catapult Cruzer giveaway via RaffleCopter. There are multiple ways for you to enter for a chance to win one of these.

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9 Responses to Product Review: Catapult Cruzers

  1. Stephen Cerruti May 2, 2015 at 3:19 PM #

    I would have liked to have seen photos of the build and videos of the flights. Are the planes adjustable for stunts? Distance? Are there different models? Does the catapult return via parachute like a hi-start?

    • Scouter Mom May 2, 2015 at 4:14 PM #

      Visit their website. They have videos and product information there. It tends to go in a loop. We were surprised how long and far they flew. There is no parachute. They are very simple, which is part of what makes them so fun.

  2. Jen May 2, 2015 at 4:25 PM #

    These look super fun! I have a lover of catapults!

  3. Jim May 4, 2015 at 3:27 PM #

    I like this! This could be a big hit with the Scouts.

  4. Tony Hooker May 5, 2015 at 9:07 AM #

    This looks neat – I’m wondering if this would be a good activity for a STEM crew to begin recruiting with.

    • Scouter Mom May 5, 2015 at 9:10 AM #

      I can definitely see this fitting in a STEM program. They do have instructions for how to “adjust” the plane if it isn’t looping correctly. An older group, like a crew, could get into a discussion about how the adjustments work and try some different ideas with them.

  5. Megan May 8, 2015 at 9:53 PM #

    I have never tried these but they do look like fun!

  6. Heather W May 9, 2015 at 4:27 PM #

    These look more sturdy than most we’ve bought. Like the idea of tying the construction and execution to STEM engineering; we did that with robots.

  7. Chris Allen May 11, 2015 at 9:38 AM #

    Thanks for the kind words. I own the company, and you guys brought a smile to my face.

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