Estes - Astrocam {Kit} (1813)

Contributed by Joe Talento

Diameter: 1.34 inches
Length: 18.00 inches
Manufacturer: Estes
Skill Level: 1
Style: Payload
[NAR][Sport Rocketry]

The following excerpt is from "Sport Rocketry". The intention is to allow guests to get a basic feeling about a kit. We strongly suggest that you get a copy of the referenced Sport Rocketry and read the entire article. Inside you will find many helpful hints in construction as well as other useful information. For more information, use the two links above.

(Sport Rocketry - Jan/Feb 1999 - page 36 - by Joe Talento)

[Rocket Pic}"One of the more advanced Ready Built to Fly starter sets offered by Estes is the Astrocam RTF."
". . . designed to take aerial photographs using a cartridge of 200 speed 110 film."
"Success with the Astrocam requires a methodical approach and patience."
"The Astrocam itself has been improved from several years ago with better fitting parts."
"A bad news/good news scenario describes my experience with the booster rocket for the Astrocam RTF."
"The bad news was that each time the booster flew something minor failed."
"The good news is that the problems were easily corrected and with foresight can probably be avoided altogether."
"Reinforce everything on the booster with epoxy and carefully watch for heat damage, especially to the parachute and shock cord."
"Aside from minor launch problems the actual aerial photographs were quite good."
"Excluding the cost of the starter set, I priced each photograph at about $3.00."
"The Astrocam RTF was my introduction to aerial photography and I found it fascinating."

The entire article gives the impression is that this kit, even though RTF, is for a patient modeler who is willing to make some enhancements to the booster.


comment Post a Comment