Estes - R2-D2 {Kit}

Contributed by Thomas Beach

Manufacturer: Estes
[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 - Mar/Apr 1998 - page 31 - by Thomas Beach) 

[Picture]"The new R2-D2 is a smaller-scale model with a diameter of 2.6 inches and a height of 8 inches, including clear plastic fins." 
"Construction of the R2-D2 is unusual. It is built almost entirely from injection molded styrene and assembled using plastic model cement." 
"The clear plastic fins are permanently attached and are swept back." 
"Finishing the R2-D2 requires silver spray paint, plus bottle of blue and silver paint suitable for plastic models." 
"Most of the surface markings on the model are applied with self-adhesive decals. These work well, except for the larger decals that go on the curved surface of R2's domed head . . ." 
"The R2 uses rear ejection, and I suspect this feature will give modelers the most problem with this kit." 
"Packing the parachute and shock cord around the rear-ejection mount takes patience and will probably frustrate some younger modelers." 
"A major advantage of the rear ejection recovery is that R2 descends head first under its parachute; this protects the plastic fins from landing damage." 
"The new R2-D2 makes a nice-looking display model and will attract attention both on your self and on the rocket range." 

The entire article gives the impression is that this is a nice kit for an intermediate modeler.


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