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Today's Featured Review

Clone - Optima (Scratch)


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Contributed by Bill Eichelberger


The Estes Optima was the alter-ego of the Estes Shadow, the same rocket with different decor.  When I decided to do a clone of the Optima, the only BT-80 tubing I had on hand was three different lengths that had all been scraps from other projects.  Because of this, my clone is likely the only one with a clearly defined fin can and an extra coupler.

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Favorite Rockets: The ones that remind you of why you love this hobby.


BAR from the Republic of Texas

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Sounds like you need a 10cc shot of "Suck It Up".

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