Estes - (Astron) Mark (K-2 or #1202) Gallery

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  1. Oct 29, 2010 #1

    Initiator001

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    The Astron Mark was the second kit Estes produced (K-2). It was one of the few kits to use BT-30 tubing.

    I bought my Astron Mark in 1970 but never flew it. When Semroc released their xKit version of the Astron Mark, I bought one of those and launched it.

    Here's pictures of my original Mark and my Semroc xKit Mark. One picture includes the instruction sheets for each kit.

    Estes Mark & Semroc Mark.jpg

    Mark kits with Instructions.jpg
     
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  2. Nov 23, 2010 #2

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    We must have been buying and building at about the same time. I purchased my K-2 Mark in September of 1970, but didn't get around to building it until 71. When the 13mm mini-Brutes motors came out it was one of my "test beds" conversions. Kept trying to loose it on those Old B3's:)

    Somewhere I have a couple pics of it I'll post it when I can put my finger on it.

    Edit: Took a little digging but I found a couple old Poloriod pics one b&w and one color.. and one I'd completely forgotten about the Astron Mark-II (K2) built a year later. To be honest I don't even recall launching it??? Amazing what ya find in the piles.

    First Fleet-2b-sm_OT-Goblin-Mark-Midget-Vostok_01-11-71.jpg

    Astron Mark-sm_1st Fleet K-2 (BT-30)_04-03-71.jpg

    Astron Mark-II-sm_1st Fleet K-2 (BT-30)_12-15-72.jpg
     
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  3. Nov 23, 2010 #3

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    Here's my recently completed Semroc Mark. Doug .
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  4. Oct 26, 2010 #4

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    Another classic rocket dressed up in Halloween colors is my Mark II. A great
    flier on those A8-3 left over from buying bulk packs of motors. ;)

    Post copied to gallery with permission

    Mark_II (Large).jpg
     
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  5. Aug 8, 2011 #5

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    My clone, all done up with BMS BT-30 tubes and cone, 3/32" basswood fins and GEN-YOO-WINE JimZ decal.:D

    Astron Mark II at VOA.jpg
     
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    How about Mark clones (vs Mark II)? Here's mine with a finish scheme well removed from the catalog. Doug .

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    Nice, Dougie! Very Alpha-esque!
     
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    Thanks, BillE. I was inspired by one of TBZep's finishes, which was on an Alpha, IIRC.

    Doug

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    Mine was inspired by JimZ including a Mark II decal in with the Condor and Andromeda decals I bought.:D I also built the Hornet out of that BMS BT-30 order, but I didn't care for the way it came out. It was one of the rockets I lost when the floor guys pulverized the old hearth in our house when they redid our wood floors.
     
  10. Aug 9, 2011 #10

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    You'd think that I would have a million of these. But no, not a single one, either now or in the past. I need to correct that.

    I do have a Semroc Mark II, but that's a different rocket. And I also have a Semroc Earmark, which is a very different rocket! ;)

    Really nice paint jobs on yours, Doug, Mike and Bill. I'm inspired now.
     
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    I probably would never have built one, but I ordered some decals from JimZ and he included a Mark II decal with the order. I went and ordered BT-30 and a nose cone from BMS and used basswood for the fins.

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    Sorry, can't get this one to show correctly no matter how many times I rotate it, recopy it, etc.:mad:
     
  12. Oct 13, 2011 #12

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    I purchased a Mark, mail order, in one of the first big orders I purchased from Estes. It might have even been a free kit.

    I remember building it, accidentally gluing in the dummy motor casing (my dad got it out in time), and putting reinforcing adhesive paper on the fins. Then my lummox cousin played with it and snapped the fins. (And then asked "can we launch it?") I don't know what happened to that Mark.

    I had a Mark II, but don't recall its fate.

    When I started my cloning career after moving to the Bay Area, I was thrilled to see that Totally Tubular had a BT-30 equivalent tube. I had BMS make me up a bunch of cones and made part bundles for a bunch of Marks, Sky Hooks, Space Planes and Scouts. Most went unbuilt, used as gifts. But I made a Mark for myself and painted it with dope.

    It's a great flyer. You can see the fins are eroded a bit at the bottom of the body tube. This is an authentic clone with a balsa thrust ring. The engine mounts flush with the bottom of the body tube.

    mark_lo.jpg
     
  13. Oct 13, 2011 #13

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    I made mine after I purchased an original set of Estes Mark II decals. I used BMS nose cone and BT-30, custom rolled my own tube coupler, used basswood for the fins. Sanded to 400 grit between 3 coats of Krylon white primer, then Krylon gloss yellow and gloss black masked with green frog tape, Excellsior decals, then FFW. Flies great on a B6-4 motor.

    Mark II - Copy.jpg
     
  14. Feb 7, 2009 #14

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    Welcome to the Estes (Astron) Mark (K-2 or #1202) Gallery on TRF.

    This gallery showcases the Estes (Astron) Mark (K-2 or #1202) and those rockets derived from it. Particularly appropriate in this thread are the following:


    Estes: (Astron) Mark: K-2 or #1202
    Estes: (Astron) Mark II: K-2A or #1202
    Semroc: Mark xKit: XES-K2



    as well as any upscales, downscales, clones, kitbashes or other derivative works. Even Goonies qualify!



     
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    Estes (Astron) Mark (K-2 or #1202) Basic Information.

    [​IMG] Estes Industries

    MODEL NAME: Astron Mark Also known as: Mark

    NUMBER: K-2 or #1202

    Introduced: 1961
    Final Year: 1971
    Designer: G. Harry Stine

    Type: Sport
    Motor Mount: 1x18mm
    Recovery: Streamer
    Stages: 1
    Length: 9.12"
    Diameter: 0.765"
    Span:
    Weight: 0.65 oz

    Mfg. Description: The Astron Mark is excellent for the beginner in model rocketry. This kit is easy to build, and acquaints the rocketeer with the methods of streamer recovery. Ideal for demonstrations and sport flying. (Estes 1961 Catalog)

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    1963 Catalog text identical to 1961 Catalog

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    An excellent bird for novice or experienced rocketeer. Easy to build, ideal for sport and demonstration flying, the Astron Mark gives top notch performance. Kit comes complete with all parts and instructions (but no engines). (Estes 1964 Catalog)

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    1966 Catalog text identical to 1964 Catalog
    1967 Catalog text identical to 1964 Catalog
    1968 Catalog text identical to 1964 Catalog
    1969 Catalog text identical to 1964 Catalog
    1970 Catalog text identical to 1964 Catalog


    Advertising Liveries

    [​IMG] Estes 1961 Catalog [​IMG] Estes 1963 Catalog [​IMG] Estes 1964 Catalog

    [​IMG] Estes 1966 Catalog [​IMG] Estes 1967 Catalog [​IMG] Estes 1968 Catalog

    [​IMG] Estes 1969 Catalog [​IMG] Estes 1970 Catalog [​IMG] Estes 1971 Catalog


    Face Card(s)

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    Instruction Header(s)

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    First post in this thread featuring this rocket.

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    If you have any additional information on this rocket and/or catalog photos please let us know.
     
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    Estes (Astron) Mark II (K-2A or #1202) Basic Information.

    [​IMG] Estes Industries

    MODEL NAME: Mark II Also known as: Astron Mark II

    NUMBER: K-2A or #1202

    Introduced: 1971
    Final Year: 1984
    Designer: Larry Renger

    Type: Sport
    Motor Mount: 1x18mm
    Recovery: Streamer
    Stages: 1
    Length: 9.1"
    Diameter: 0.765"
    Span:
    Weight: 0.7 oz

    Mfg. Description: Ideal for sport or competition flying. Top-notch performance every time. (Estes 1972 Catelog)


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    [​IMG] Estes 1972 Catalog [​IMG] Estes 1973 Catalog [​IMG] Estes 1975 Catalog

    [​IMG] Estes 1977 Catalog [​IMG] Estes 1981 Catalog [​IMG] Estes 1983 Catalog


    Face Card(s)



    Instruction Header(s)

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    If you have any additional information on this rocket and/or catalog photos please let us know.
     
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    Semroc Mark xKit (XES-K2) Basic Information.

    [​IMG] Semroc Astronautics

    MODEL NAME: Mark xKit Also known as: Mark

    NUMBER: XES-K2

    Introduced:
    Final Year:
    Designer: G. Harry Stine

    Type: Sport, Clone
    Motor Mount: 1x18mm
    Recovery: Streamer
    Stages: 1
    Length: 9.2" (23.4 cm)
    Diameter: 0.767" (1.9 cm)
    Span: 3.1" (7.9 cm)
    Weight: 0.4 oz (11.3 g)

    Mfg. Description: 1961 Retro Repro (Semroc 2012 Web Ad)


    Advertising Liveries

    [​IMG] Semroc 2012 Web Ad


    Face Card(s)

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    Instruction Header(s)





    First post in this thread featuring this rocket.

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    If you have any additional information on this rocket and/or catalog photos please let us know.
     
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  18. Feb 19, 2012 #18

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    Here's my original Estes Mark II model from the mid-1970s.

    I did not use yellow/orange paint like the catalog models. I used red instead.

    Estes Mark II.jpg
     
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    What was the fate of your lummox cousin after he snapped the fins?? :D

    I had an original Mark, circa 1970, then cloned one in the early 90's. I bought and built the Semroc version, and dressed it up with a decal set from Gordo at Excelsior. Weird thing was, on it's first flight, under mighty A8-3 power, a fin broke, length-wise, during the boost phase.
     
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