# Estes Mercury Atlas

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#### Chr$##### Well-Known Member Anybody know what a Boxed Mercury Atlas kit is worth? Anybody built one? I'm thinking of buying one from a guy that has one. It's new in the box. #### rstaff3 ##### Oddroc-eteer No clue what the price should be, as mine was a gift years ago. Its a nice kit and flies well on E15s. I'd recommend it if the price is right (of course that's the main point of your post). #### flying_silverad ##### Well-Known Member Originally posted by Chr$
Anybody know what a Boxed Mercury Atlas kit is worth? Anybody built one? I'm thinking of buying one from a guy that has one. It's new in the box.

Drew Tomko

#### mark schnell

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Dtomko, the clear fins look awesome. Where did you get the clear tubing? One other important part of assembly I learned the hard way is that if you touch the mylar too much it will have bubbled sections that will never lay down properly. All together though, this is an awesome kit. I have always had good luck with the D-12-3's. Great slow flights.
Mark Schnell

#### billeblurzz

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Wow, this discussion really jogs memories. Guess because it's a great MODEL and a great PROTOTYPE too. Everyone should have one if they get the chance! I remember seeing the real thing at the "space park" in the space museum in Huntsville, Ala. It was laying on its side on a trailer with an air compressor connected to it. Every few minutes the compressor would start up.....bringing home the fact that it really is a big BALLOON!!! AWESOME!!!! THE deterrant to communism in the FREE world was a Nuclear Bomb riding on top of a .......BALLOON!!!!!

#### dtomko

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Mark,
The clear tubes came in the Red Arrow Hobbies tube assortment. I cut down the tubes that came with the kit and the clear tubes fit nicely inside them. The paper tube part is hidden inside the fairing tubes. The fins are cut from sheet plastic, I can't remember how thick, though.
DT

#### Chilly

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I was wondering about getting clear tubes for my own Atlas. Unfortunately it's gotten a little beat-up over the last year but it's still impressive on a D12. I'd love to try it onan E15.

#### Chr$##### Well-Known Member Thanks all for the posts. I looked at eBay and they are all over the place. Looks like$50-60 is about right. I think I've just added another bird to my fleet.

I guess I'll know what you mean about the clear tubes after I get a look at the kit. Do you use them in place of kraft paper tubes supplied? Are they for the external fuel lines?

#### vjp

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Same here - I'd like to outfit my Atlas with clear fins as well. I bought some clear acetate a while back (mail order) hoping it would be suitable for fins, but if was too flexible. I haven't found anything suitable at my local hobby or hardware stores either.

The big fin units provided in the kit make the Atlas look - well - kinda dorky, in flight.

Drew your Atlas looks fantastic.

Thanks All.

Drew - Thanks for those photos! You inspired me to pick up some clear plastic tubing during lunch yesterday. I had to go to the aquarium store, to pick up some food (crickets) for my son's pet water dragon. While there, I noticed some 9" siphon tubes made from 3/4" tubing. I picked up a pair at $1.99 each - after removing the U-bend portion, they're about the exact same length as the tubes provided in the kit. I'll make some CR's to mount them inside a section of the cardboard tubing, just as in your design. Now, I just need to find some suitable clear plastic fin material! A #### Austin ##### Guest Man, you guys are making me really want the Atlas bad...two of them, one to sav and one to build. They ought to re-release this kit like they did the Redstone. Carl #### rstaff3 ##### Oddroc-eteer Chr$, IMHO you got a great price. You'll love the kit. It looks great and has nice, slow, realistic launches.

And youse guys are making me feel bad about the big black fin units on mine

Chr$, As everyone else has said, that was an excellent buy! It is one beautiful kit. Vince, the aquarium siphon tubes will work well. I got a sheet of clear plastic at a local hobby store. I don't know exactly how thick it is. It's stiff, but does flex pretty easily. You might try looking for sheets used in vacuum forming r/c plane canopies. I know Plastruct and Evergreen sell clear sheets. The clear fins are definitely an improvement. DT #### Chr$

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The kit was priced at $58.99 but the store owner rang it up at$49.99 cuz he's a nice guy.