- Apr 26, 2016
- Reaction score
Source: Estes Industries Kit #7260
Type: Futuristic Sport Model
Engine Type: 24mm
Length: 62.4 (24.6 in.)
Diameter: 41.8mm (1.64 in.)
Weight Empty: 148.7g (5.25 oz.)
Nose Cone: Parabolic
Fin Type: Swept, with Pods
Number of Fins: 3
Color Scheme: Metallic Copper, Silver, Aluminum, Brass
Date Completed: April 6, 2022
This long-running project was finally completed today after being started all the way back in May of 2018. Not that the actual construction took that long, it’s just that the model got shelved for long periods of time while attention was frequently diverted to other projects.
The genesis of this adventure took place when, sometime back in 2018, Estes designer John Boren commented on one of the forums that he was surprised that no-one had yet built a steampunk version of his design. I perceived that as a ‘gauntlet being thrown’ and immediately purchased a kit, drew up some concept plans, and started work. At the time, I had no idea that the model wouldn’t be completed for nearly another four years!
Anyway, here it is – hand-made rivets, turned parts, holes, minute details, and all.
The complete series of detailed build posts is documented on my blog. The introductory post can be found here:
BlastFromThe Past: Steampunk Protostar, Part 1 - A Marvelously Splendid New Adventure (castlerocketeer.blogspot.com)
There are some lengthy stretches of posts concerning many other subjects interlaced between the Protostar build offerings, so one will have to muddle through four years of blogging. But, hey, it’s all a good read! (shameless plug). Perhaps some day I will get motivated to move the entire series to its own separate page.