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Estes Cosmic Interceptor
Build This project is a build of the Estes Cosmic Interceptor, a skill level 4 rocket with a futuristic design. The Cosmic Interceptor will fly up to 625 feet and uses D and E motors. The kit features a large amount of laser cut wood and other card stock parts, a nice sheet of waterslide decals and a ... [More]
ASP V-2 (24 mm Version)
Build This project is a build of the ASP V-2 (24 mm Version) kit.
BMS Astron Drifter
Build This project is a build of the BMS - Astron Drifter, a clone of the Estes Drifter. I got the BMS kit for Christmas. I really liked the Drifter as a kid so I ordered some additional parts from Semroc so that I could build 2 Drifters at the same time. Below is a shot of the Astron Drifter from one ... [More]
Build This project is a build of the Semroc Cherokee-D kit.
Semroc makes a great kit. The kit has a 24mm motor mount for D-engines but also includes an 18mm converter so you can fly it with lower power engines. The nice thing about this is that the 18mm mount can just be inserted for flights with ... [More]
Estes Der Red Max
Build This project is a build of the Estes Der Red Max kit. This is a great looking rocket that flys on B and C engines. --> The kits includes 2 sheets of nice looking decals
Fins and launching lug have been attached and the plastic nose cone has been sanded.
The fins and body tube ... [More]
Magician Re-work / A Georgia Tech tribute
Build This project is a transformation of the Estes "Magician" into a custom rocket called the Boogie Bee. The Magician had a hard landing and the tip of the body tube was slightly damaged. Initially I planed to just repair the rocket but after cutting away the damaged portion I decided to repaint the ... [More]
Build This project is a build of the Estes Vagabond.
"> The kit features a 2-piece body tube.
"> The Vagabond fins are made up of three sections each.
"> The Vagabond is ready to fly. Instead of using the shock cord that comes with the kit, I replaced it with elastic cord I ... [More]
Build This project is a build of the Quest High-Q kit. The High-Q can fly on D, E and F motors. It has a 29mm diameter motor mount but includes a 24mm motor mount adaptor kit. With an Aerotech F32-6, the High-Q will go to almost 3,000 feet. For that motor you need the 24mm mount. The Kit came packaged ... [More]
Estes Mean Machine
Build This project was a build of an Estes Mean Machine. Body tube joints filled with Elmers Fill'N Finish. I also ended up filling the spirals on the tubes as well
One of many coats of Elmers Fill'N Finish on the fins. Sanding was performed between coats. Prior to the Fill'N Finish, I made fin ... [More]
Build This project is a build of the Estes Guardian kit. The Guardian is a pretty cool looking missile. It has a lot of fins and will fly to 700 feet on a C motor. The kits features die-cut fins, plastic nose cone and reducer, parachute and decal sheet. To ensure the main and trailing fins were aligned ... [More]
Simultaneous build of the Estes Cobra and Ranger
Build This project is a simultaneous build of two Estes 3-Engine cluster kits as they appeared in the 1971 Estes catalog.
I ordered the parts for both the Cobra and the Ranger from Semroc. Semroc has parts lists for all the old kits on thier website and they have most of the parts available. ... [More]
US Army / New York City tribute Patriot
Build This project is a build of the Estes Patriot into a custom design for our friend Ryan. The rocket will be a New York City / US Army tribute.
The kit features a 3-piece body tube. I have my own idea for a paint and decal design so I won't be using the stickers that came with the kit. Here is ... [More]
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