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Estes - Mini Max {Kit} (002445) [?-?]

Diameter:0.9800 inches
Length:9.7500 inches
Skill Level:1

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Contributed by John Bergsmith

Estes Mini MaxThe Estes Mini Max is a smaller version based on the BT-50 of the Estes classic Der Red Max. The Mini Max is designed with a 13mm motor mount making it powered by Estes mini engines, and can reach altitudes in excess of 300 feet. As designed, recovery is accomplished with the included streamer.

The new Mini Max has all the great looks of the classic version, right down to the really cool skull and crossbones decals. Like many of our new and classic kits, the Mini features a balsa nose cone, laser cut balsa fins and waterslide decals.

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Matthew Bond

AKA: Buckaroo

Location: Niceville, FL

Certification Level: L3 NAR/Tripoli

Club Memberships: NAR, Tripoli

Favorite Rockets: Estes - Starblazer X-20


Grew up building and flying Estes rockets in the 70s and 80s.  Took a break from rocketry for college/job/marriage/kids/mortgage/etc.  Started back into rocketry when my kids were old enough.  Been in and out several times since then.  Discovered high power rocketry in 2009 with the Music City Missile Club in Manchester, Tennessee.  Got my L1 at Southern Thunder in June 2009 flying a scratch built upscale of a Thrustline Duster.  Got my L2 in May 2010 with an upscaled Estes Super Neon.  Moved to SoCal in 2010 and had a great couple of years flying with the ROC crowd in Lucerne Valley, CA.  Moved to the Florida panhandle in 2012 and am currently flying with the Southeast Alabama Rocketry Society.  Made the trek to Argonia, KS for Airfest XXI in September 2015 and got my L3 flying a Madcow Frenzy XL kit on a Cesaroni M1540-IMax.  My low power fleet/build pile still outnumbers my high power projects many times over but the bigger builds are slowly taking over my time and attention (not to mention my wallet).

Favorite Quote:

Luke:  I... I don't believe it!

Yoda:  sighs... That... is why you fail.

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NEFAR Launches

January 2011 Launch

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