Estes Crossbow SST

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  1. Apr 26, 2009 #61

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    I was at the Salem NH Wal Mart this morning and they had all four.
    I picked up the Ricochet and Star Stryker.
     
  2. Apr 26, 2009 #62

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    Yeah a Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Home Depot and Wal-Mart within 2 miles of each other. Plus another Michaels, Wal-Mart and Hobby Lobby over on Hwy 6.

    Too bad for John it's almost all directly on my way home from work. :wave:

    Although that Michaels on Hwy 6 south of 529 appears to have gotten out of the model rocket business. They sold off all their inventory at clearance prices.
     
  3. Apr 26, 2009 #63

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    It's out of $3 C6-5's... now. :headbang:
     
  4. Apr 26, 2009 #64

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    Thanks, Bob, but I found them in Framingham. I ended up buying all four.
     
  5. Apr 26, 2009 #65

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    What!?!? I was going to drop in there this afternoon (but didn't, as I was too
    hungry to eat and then went home). I bought modroc stuff there from time to time (mostly engines, since they're open on Sundays this makes it convenient
    to get the kind of engines that Wal - Mart doesn't carry -- a big plus on some
    NAR Contest days that runs through Sundays). Thanks for the heads up.
     
  6. Apr 27, 2009 #66

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    No problem. Yeah I was surprised as well. I walked in the week before last and what was previously a 4 ft section of aisle dedicated to model rockets was down to about 18" of merchandise. Then I noticed the motor prices: $4.99. Then the prices on the remaining kits. :D

    I picked up 1 Patriot, 2 Screaming Eagles, 1 Bullpup and 3 Hi-Flyers (gonna be outboards) for no more than $7.99 a piece. The Hi-Flyers went for $2.99 a pop. I got all of the 18mm motors that were left and there were not many.

    The last I saw there were some T motors left plus some Swifts, Quarks, and a couple each of the small SpaceShip One and Bullpup kits left. Probably all gone now. :(
     
  7. May 2, 2009 #67

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    Well I picked up a Crossbow and a Taser Twin at my local WM today. That's in La Habra, Ca. The Crossbow was $6.96 and the TT $5.96 for a total of $14 and change. Not bad. I don't understand the boxes, I know for WM shelves and all that. Seems at those prices, a plastic bag could bring it down even lower. Anyway, I got 2 of 'em. That didn't take long for them to get all across the country.
     
  8. May 2, 2009 #68

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    I like the cardboard boxes, although I do agree they are a bit large (overkill). Maybe they are that big to attract attention? Maybe Estes had to buy back to many blistered kits because ppl opened them to see what was inside them? I to picked up the Crossbow and Taser Twin at my local Super Wally World.

    The Sustainer of the Taser Twin reminds me of the Skyhook? Anyone else notice this?
     
  9. May 2, 2009 #69

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    Cardboard is biodegradable, plastic bags are not. Another reason for the Sustainables name.
     
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    What about the lower stage?? ;)
     
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    I picked up the Star Stryker yesterday to go with the Ricochet I already have.

    At first I thought the Crossbow either had or was a glider until I looked at it more closely.

    I however, due to the very high altitudes it will reach, see a lot of lost Taser Twin sustainers.;)
     
  13. May 3, 2009 #73

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    Estes needs to reintroduce the 1/2A6-0 now :p. I have a couple of those.
     
  14. May 5, 2009 #74

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    I started building my Crossbow yesterday. The minimum diameter doesn't really excite me, it just looks to small to me. Actually the main reason I bought the kit was to upscale it to a BT-80.

    Back to this kit, it was great to see the balsa nose cone and the BT's supplied are of very good quality. The fins/wings are laser cut balsa, but my kit the wood was low quality and very rough on one side. Not really a big deal. I built the body tube/motor mount leaving off the motor hook since it's on the outside. Plus, friction fitting the motor will work fine.
     
  15. May 7, 2009 #75

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    I have been real busy but I was able to find time and finish these four rockets. All and all these are fantastic kits. The decals are thick and easy to work with, I did not treat with anything just dipped in water and applied.

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    Great all around! I haven't even started yet:(
     
  19. May 8, 2009 #79

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    HEY! FOUL!

    No one said anything about a BBZ. Or didn't I get the memo?

    Kidding.

    Great finishes on all 4!
     
  20. May 8, 2009 #80

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    Okay- not to go OT too far, but yer' mostly correct about the chutes. One fact needs to be added, I learned about how bad white was for a chute from my OWN experience. I shot a IB in the winter and it landed in a plowed field with lots of snow blobs in it. As I waled around searching for the white chute and the black and white rocket I said to myself "those guys on TRF were right... white ain't a good color for a parachute." Listen to the customers... they know a lot.:rolleyes:


     
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    Scigs30,

    Your work on these rockets is excellent! Just a few quick questions about your technique: What kind of glue do you use on the fin attachment? What do you do extra to get such clean fillets? Lastly, what do you do to fill the balsa?

    I am very impressed and whatever you're doing I want to do!!

    Thanks
     
  22. May 9, 2009 #82

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    I use plain old Elmers White Glue All for all the construction and fillets. I use Midwest Aerogloss balsa sealer, 3 coats.
     

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