I have a Level 1 certification scheduled for January 2024, and this rocket has had great reviews for 1st timers, so I went with it. The kit arrived insanely fast, and was very fun to build. The instructions are very generic, but still helpful.
I would recommend using epoxy instead of carpenters or wood glue. I let a 5 minute epoxy set for over 10 hours, and it’s solid! I painted it the original scheme of the kit to pay homage.
All-in-all I really enjoyed taking my time with this kit. Now it’s a matter of waiting until next year to see her fly!
Back in the 90s, I built an EZI-65 and flew it on all sorts of motors, with a J-90 being the largest motor I flew in it. Retrofitted dual-deployment in a kinda funky way, but it worked.
Now, I'm building my second EZI-65 and putting a LOC 4" av-bay in it and plan on flying it on a Loki J-175 and an Eggtimer Quasar. LOVE the EZI-65!
This rocket was made to fly, and fly high. Just add more weight for larger motors and a 54/38 Aeropak adapter and motor retainer as needed. Super-well built kit, and can easily handle the following Aerotech motors: H-219, I-175, J-270, and K-400. I have also heard that a friend of mine did an L flight in an EZI-65 many moons ago, so I think this could be done with some planning. My painted version was coated with metal flake and an automotive type clear coat. Not really intended as a tube reinforcement substitute for fiberglass, but it essentially amounted to something like the same I think. The clear coat was more like an adhesive after application. you'd probably be fine stock for J and K flights. I believe LOC doesnt recommend glassing for lower than Ls. But I believe LOC does recommend glassing for L flights. In their paraphrased words: "can it be done stock? yes. But you probably have a better chance for success if you do glass it for L flights."
Great rocket that honestly is hard to beat for the price. I was able to do both my L1 and L2 Tripoli certification flights without any modifications to the rocket (I didn't add any nose weight or use any electronics). For reference, the L1 was with an H283 and the L2 was with a J250. I highly recommend this kit for a first foray into high power rocketry!