Manufacturer: Estes

 Estes Astron Phantom

Brief:
The Estes Astron Phantom was produced between 1973-1996. This particular rocket was never meant to fly. Instead is was created as a display and demonstration model, showing the inside of a typical model rocket.

Construction:
This kit came with the usual parts and also the following special parts:

  • 1 clear plastic body tube
  • 1 clear plastic fins and fin can
  • 1 clear plastic nose cone
  • 1 self-adhesive paper sheet
  • 1 split adapter ring
  • 1 engine casing half
  • 1 modled engine face

PROs: As always the instructions provided by Estes are easy to follow and in a logical order.

CONs: The molded engine face is made out of a very soft plastic and my Testor's plastic cement softened the material in a couple of places. It wasn't enough to destroy it, but if I had used any more plastic cement, I could have really done some real damage to the molded engine face.

Finishing:
The only finishing involves painting the engine face brown, black, and orange. Other than that, no finishing was required.

Construction Rating: 4 out of 5

Flight:
This model is for display only and was not created to fly.

Summary:
This is a great display rocket that can be used to show anyone interested the insides of a typical model rocket. It also can be used to teach a new rocketeer how to correctly insert wadding and pack and insert a parachute.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5

Estes Astron Phantom
Estes Astron Phantom Estes Astron Phantom
Estes Astron Phantom Estes Astron Phantom

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