# Estes E-Powered SpaceShipOne

## Concerning the Estes E-Powered SpaceShipOne

• ### Flown one or have seen one flown

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#### RoyAtl

##### Well-Known Member
This kit has been available for a few years now, but doesn't seem to be too popular. Has anyone here seen one in a store (not a webstore), gotten one, flown one or seen one flown?

And if you've flown one or seen one flown, how'd it go?

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#### Initiator001

##### Well-Known Member
I bought one.

It's part of the 'collection'.

#### MarkII

##### Well-Known Member
I have seen it online and have read reviews of it, but I have never seen it in a store. Do webstores count?

I understand that the foam is very soft and the SSOne E gets full of dings and dents in no time. That is what turned me off to it.

MarkII

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#### foose4string

##### Well-Known Member
I've seen them in Hobby Stores and online Hobby Vendors. I'm turned off by the foam construction as well, and think it's overpriced for what it is. I have a three of the smaller ones which feature some of the more commonly used building materials. One has been built and flown a few times and the others still reside in the Launchable packaging.

##### Roger Smith
I have one sitting on the cabinet on above my workbench.

I started building a year ago, but got frustrated when I messed up the red paint on the nose of the rocket. Fortunately, it won't be hard to fix. I just have to get around to fixing it.

I don't really mind the fact that it's made of foam. But, it doesn't make for a very interesting kit because there isn't much to assemble.

-- Roger

#### powderburner

##### Well-Known Member
I've seen them in Hobby Stores and online Hobby Vendors.
I'm turned off by the foam construction as well, and think
it's overpriced for what it is.
Ditto,
ditto,
and ditto.

When they first came out I saw them in the stores, in person.
I took one look at the foam construction and thought "no thankyou"

(and yes, I do tend to look down my nose at the rest of the RTF stuff too)

I'm sure Estes is not worried about selling to me, but that sort of "kit" is not what I'm interested in.

#### Mike Di Venti

##### Well-Known Member
I bought to build and then looked at the few parts there were and boxed it back up.
It looked to fragile to fly, so it is now part of the collection too.

#### Donaldsrockets

I had every intention of buying one of these until I found out that it was made of foam. After that, I was no longer interested as I simply refuse to pay $40+ for a styrofoam model that I'd be lucky if I even got half a dozen flights out of before it got too busted up to fly again. Also, being foam, AP motors are totally out of the question with this kit. #### cls ##### Well-Known Member they are indeed too fragile to fly. ours flew 3 times. the tails are not sturdy and even on an E9 they flutter visibly. eventually the tail-booms break and then you have to glue it and it flies crooked. the parachute is made of some kind of crummy nylon that burns through easily. they don't even look that good on the ceiling. would I get another for$5? maybe, probably not.

Estes Airshow, on the other hand, is a totally awesome foam glider system that looks and flies great. Or you can get a Fliskits Tri-Glide for less.