Estes - Tandem-X Launch Set {Launch/Starter Set} (1469)

Contributed by Charlaine Cadence Nordin

Construction Rating: starstarstarstarstar
Flight Rating: starstarstarstarstar
Overall Rating: starstarstarstarstar
Manufacturer: Estes

Brief:
Estes Tandem X Starter Set is an entry level or re-entry into the rocketry hobby consisting of the Amazon and the Crossfire ISX rockets. It is easy to build both of the great fliers and all around fun rockets included.

Construction:
The Amazon consists of:

  • Plastic nosecone
  • Plastic fin-can/motor-mount
  • Plastic coupler with launch lug
  • 2 black body tubes
  • 1 decal
  • Pre-assembled chute

The construction of the Amazon is simple as it is a E2X and only uses plastic cement to assemble this near 3 foot monster. With the shock cord attaching at the coupler which is far better than the 3 fold attachment. This can be built in an half an hour and flown later.

The Crossfire ISX consists of:

  • Motor mount assembly
  • Body tube
  • Plastic nose cone
  • Laser cut Balsa fins
  • Launch lug
  • Pre-assembled chute

This kit goes together like an alpha or other of Estes's skill level 1 rockets the only difference is the 3 veins that attach to the fins trailing edges.

Finishing:
The Amazon is finished by attaching the decal to one side.

The Crossfire is painted white with the nose painted black instead of the suggested red. And the decals attached.

Construction Rating: 5 out of 5

Flight:
I flew the Amazon on a B6-4 for its first flight, which was great screaming into the air and coming down gracefully with no issues. Then I flew it again with a C6-7. What a performer for a simple rocket.

The Crossfire flies great on any motor you place in her. I flew her twice on C6-5 and once on a C6-7. Great performer taking off with drag racing speed to near out of sight heights.

Recovery:
Recovery for both rockets is by parachute.

Flight Rating: 5 out of 5

Summary:
I would recommend this set to anyone who are just getting into or want to get back into the sport.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5

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