I was really happy to see Estes re-release this kit, I had one of the Maxi-versions years back and is with most things, the passage of time and several household moves took its toll. When mine arrived, I was somewhat disappointed to find the body tube egged on both ends, but no worries, I was able to bring it back to shape with a little bending and forming. Estes' version is modeled after a captured V2 and I believe is now on display at White Sands. I chose to model mine after one of the initial V2s at Peenemünde that was christened "Frau Im Mond" (Girl In The Moon) after the Fritz Lang silent movie of the same title in which explorers travel to the moon in search of gold. (great movie, it's long, but the model work on the rocket is outstanding and was a Herman Oberth design. Interestingly enough, the Nazis confiscated the models, the plans, and all the film footage and declared them a state secret.)
What You Get
The kit comes with a molded nose cone and boat tail, body tube, balsa fins, motor mount, centering rings, and a jig for fin alignment as well as clay for nose weight. The Frau Im Mond decal mock-up is mine and a big thanks to Sandman for tracking down an image of the original "nose art".
The Prep Work
I began my work by removing the plugs from the boat tail and the ttw fins slots with a razor saw and then cleaned up the cuts using a miniature file and course grit sanding sticks.
I wanted to get a feel for how she was going to look so I dry-fitted the main components and compared it to a 1/96th scale paper model I have of the same vehicle. If you're interested, you can download this model here: http://www.nielspapermodels.com/v2_A4V4P.htm In looking at the two, it seems I may need to enlarge the Frau a tiny bit to get the correct look.
So far it has been a very smooth build. There are a few issues though. To me, the body tube seems very thin and flimsy and in my example, the mold for the nose cone and boat tail must have been a bit off because where the seam line is, there is actually a trench that required the use of a lot of acrylic glazing putty to correct. Aside from these small issues I feel that anyone with moderate experience could build this rocket. More later.