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Discussion in 'Estes' started by kuririn, Feb 14, 2020.
Challenging, rewarding build. Long OOP, picked one up on eBay at a good price.
Very nice, really neat rocket.
Has there ever been a cooler-looking real-world vehicle than the SR-71? I can't think of any.
I think that the X-15 is up there in a rocket-airplane kind of way, and I'm also partial to the X-1. But yeah, the SR-71 is definitely special.
Edit: Got to add the X-3. Ah nuts, I like too many
I had a plastic model of the X-3 when I was a kid. I remember it was called the Stilletto. Made by Douglas, IIRC.
I also like the supposed SR-75 Penetrator (Project Aurora). Testors had a concept model. Of course, no one knows what Project Aurora actually looked like. Or even if there actually WAS a Project Aurora.
There are 7 up on Ebay right now - I built and flew this kit when I was 14, have one now (I am 50) and even hand built a 2.25 upscale. It is one of my all time favorite Estes kits.
That's a very nice build! Better than the "10 foot rule" by a long shot! Will you launch it?
Yup, if the winds on the weekends ever die down.
Last time I could launch was early December. Getting the itch.
I hear you. I don't know how to get it scratched. I ran into the VP of the local NAR chapter at the hobby store, the Pittsburgh Space Command (didn't know him, butted in to an overheard conversation!), and it's just tough around here, not a lot of open space. They drive up to Grove City, where they have permission at a very nice field, but glory, that's an escapade, over an hour one way - I just need a place nearby where I can get permission and be reasonably sure I won't end up in a tree. I kinda knew this going in, but I'm hoping I can find someplace nearby that you can just go out on calm afternoon/evening with the grandkids and put a few up. These only do a couple hundred feet anyway.
I DO know of a place about 5 miles away... over two miles east and west, a solid mile north and south, and no trees. Unfortunately, it's the Pittsburgh International Airport...
Finished the Mercury Redstone tonight (except for clearcoat). Venus Probe is in good shape, Chris M's Birdie is ready to go, my son's Estes Power Patrol is set (no kit markings!), I could even buy film for the old AstroCam. Chris M's "Pigasus" just got pink tonight and I thought I was good there but then for some reason it wrinkled in a couple of places, so sand and hit them again tomorrow night. I have engines, a little pad, a car battery and the leads, I want to make up a little switchbox. Oughta be cool if I can find a field.
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