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Clone - Skybolt (Scratch)


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Contributed by Bill Eichelberger


The Skybolt was a 3fnc rocket from Estes that still managed to look good despite its simplicity.  Produced from 1980 to 1984, I remember giving serious thought to picking up a Skybolt at a Kay Bee Toy and Hobby at the ragged tail end of my first dalliance with the hobby in the early 80's.  The simplicity appealed to me, as did the fact that it flew on D engines, something I'd always wanted to try but never got around to in those early days.  I've always had a soft spot for rockets like this; two colors, one of them white, with simple black decals.  The first I remember was the Wizard, but the current Vagabond also falls into this category, as well as the mid-80's Stinger, all three of which currently reside in my fleet.  When a PNC-55AO nose cone showed up in a group of cones that I won on Ebay, I checked the nose cone reference at YORF to help me decide on a likely project.  Several of the rockets on the list were tempting, but the Skybolt had the advantage of early-80's nostalgia working for it. 

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