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  1. Jun 10, 2011 #1

    Initiator001

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    I finished building one of the new Estes Vagabond kits (#3217). I like the size and appearance of this kit, it somewhat reminds me of the Renegade kit (#1271).

    This is not the first kit named 'Vagabond' by Estes. Estes had a Vagabond Starter Set (#1423) several years ago with a completely different rocket (That rocket looked like a Centuri Astro-1 with a different paint scheme). The new Vagabond uses the same font for the decal name as the earlier Vagabond kit.

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  2. Jun 10, 2011 #2

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    Beautiful work. Simple lines and powerful appearance. I'm firm in my favoritism of good ol' 3FNC.:D
     
  3. Jun 27, 2011 #3

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    My new Estes Vagabond kit had it's first flight at the SCRA launch in Los Angeles on June 25th.

    An Estes D12-5 propelled the model into the air.

    SCRA 06-25-11-10 Estes Vagabond rocket awaiting launch.jpg

    Scra 06-25-11-11 Ignition of D12-5 motor in Estes Vagabond model.jpg

    SCRA 06-25-11-12 Estes Vagabond climbing above the trees.jpg

    SCRA 06-25-11-13 Estes Vagabond climbing away.jpg

    SCRA 06-25-11-14 Estes Vagabond still climbing.jpg
     
  4. Jun 27, 2011 #4

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    Beautiful! Cool rocket; great flight pics. I finished my Vagabond a week ago. Can't wait to see it fly. Just waiting for the opportunity to launch.
     
  5. Jun 29, 2011 #5

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    In progress.......................

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  6. Jun 29, 2011 #6

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    Great looking rocket and a nice flight! Those rocket eating trees in the background look scary, though...
     
  7. Jul 4, 2011 #7

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    .........completed 7-3......I'm content, but not happy with the result; may have to do another one....ahhh..what a shame:wink:

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    Looks good to me! I like the lines of it. I may have to pick one up for myself.
     
  9. Jul 7, 2011 #9

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    Looks great! I just finished one about a month ago, but haven't had a chance to fly it yet.
     
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    How did it fly on the D12? Did you try an E9 as well?
     
  11. Jul 8, 2011 #11

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    It was a good flight. :)

    No, I have not tried an E9. I MIGHT try an E20 someday. :wink:
     
  12. Nov 17, 2011 #12

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    Estes Vagabond - my first modified kit. Went with plywood centering rings, drilled for kevlar shock cord. Also added Top Flite Recovery X type parachute.
    Yet to fly, but stocked up with D5's and E6's.

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  13. Nov 17, 2011 #13

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    Wow. Looks sharp!

    I wouldn't use a (Quest?) D5 motor in this rocket. The Vagabond is too heavy for that motor.

    An E6 would be a cool flight but a long walk. ;)
     
  14. Nov 18, 2011 #14

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    God I wish I took pics of mine before the accident. AUGH!

    Lets see....the bottom would be ford blue, rest high gloss snow white, and instead of the decals the official "[​IMG]" on it.

    The fins were tabbed in, and a finless booster stage added.

    It was spectacular......:cry:
     
  15. Jan 26, 2012 #15

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    I also built one stock, and then immediately wanted to build more. I've got a few more ideas for this bird.

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    I liked the stock scheme but decided to add my own touch:

    A fade to yellow fluorecent and overcoating with metallic clear before decals and a final clear coat.

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    I miss her greatly. I plan to rebuild when my acrylic airbrushing skills get good enough to replicate the original lacquer/fluorescent result.

    Marc

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  17. Feb 9, 2012 #17

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    Here's my recently finished Vagabond....

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    Jiffy, that is AWESOME looking....love the missle-like appearance. And the small checkers really give it flavor..well done!
     
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    Thanks, and thank you for the inspiration.
     
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    People are having fun with these Vagabonds. They all look darn good. I like the variety.

    Is this rocket the new Big Daddy or 'Bertha?
     
  22. Feb 14, 2012 #22

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    It was a fun laid back build too. I really enjoyed working on it.
     
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    Excellent color combo Jiffy.
     
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    Thanks Foamy.
     
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    What is the blue metallic paint brand/type you used there? Looks GREAT!!!!
     
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    It's Dupli-Color Hampsted Green Metallic.
     
  27. Feb 15, 2012 #27

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    I had the same idea as DizWolf, built one for my wife Sharon, then decided I had to have one too. Made a mistake though, it was NOT a good idea to use a 29mm MMT in this rocket. Here are the original versions of these two great rockets:
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    The one on the right was built with the 29mm MMT, and after several flights with different motors, and several rebuilds due to damage from those flights, I made a 24/29 adapter for it and fly it on E9-6's, which is a great motor for this rocket. The forth or fifth rebuild (can't remember now) decided me to rename this poor, patched up rocket:
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    I asked my six year old what colors we should paint it. It looks like he has been on TRF and saw your kit Marc!

    This was my first time papering fins. Happy the way it came out. I can not wait to reach up into the sky with it! 104_1303.jpg
     
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    I just went with the stock look, but I love the paint variations the others have posted. Gets me thinkin'.:wink:
     
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    Hey Fishhead,
    Beautiful build and nice photos. The Vagabond is just one sweet rocket.
     

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