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Contributed by Bill Eichelberger
By the early '70s, the Estes catalog had expanded from its Astron roots to the point that it pretty well covered the whole range of the model rocketry spectrum. The available rockets ranged from unique scale birds such as the Pershing 1A and the Nike-Ajax, to now legendary futuristic kits like the Orbital Transport, Interceptor and Mars Lander. Another segment that Estes began to concentrate on around this time was the basic 3 and 4 fin and cone design with the slightly cartoonish theme like the Scamp, the wildly politically incorrect Der Red Max, and my favorite 24mm jaw-dropper, the Goblin. Actually offered as a bonus kit (an award for purchases totaling a certain amount,) at one point in it's lifetime, the Goblin would eventually make a name for itself as an impressive performer due to it's small size in relation to it's big engine capability. Simple in both construction and graphics, the Goblin is a cloning project that attracts attention both on and off the pads.
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