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FlisKits is proud and excited to announce the 1:282 scale Saturn 1B, NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDERS!

We will begin shipping this kit next week, after attending LDRS, but are taking orders now.

We are very excited by this release as it represents our most complex kit to date. With a proven record in NAR competition, this highly detailed kit is sure to be the gem of your fleet of scale model rocket kits!

Featuring 13mm power, silk screened, waterslide decals, parachute recovery and the ability to fly with SCALE FINS, this model has more detail and scale accuracy than many larger versions of this most famous test vehicle.

Click here for additional information!

Also, thank you all for your continued support :)

warm regards,
jim
 
Will it be available at LDRS?

Nope.

Jim had said previously that he was waiting on delivery confirmation on some parts before he'd make it available for pre-order. The parts won't be available to Jim in time for him to bring any to LDRS, so he won't ship until after.

-Kevin
 
Will it be available at LDRS?

Actually, we hope to have two kitted kits there. one for display and one as a donation to LDRS. We will be taking orders on the field for them including FREE SHIPPING, so in a sense they will be available at LDRS :)

It's the best we can do with such a tight schedule... (heck, the parts aren't going to be in till tomorrow afternoon.... )

It's been a heck of a month between Boys & Girls club, library and youth group launches, this kit, preping for LDRS, range box stickers for several events, etc, etc, etc... I am looking forward to the *rest* that LDRS will afford us LOL

jim
 
Darn you Jim...

Just as I'm starting to make a dent in my pile of kits, you bring something like this out (Yeah, I've already ordered one :D).
 
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An order has been placed! :D

And the build pile grows ever taller!:rolleyes: :roll:
 
Well, I saw the kit at LDRS today - it looks really nice. Should be a fun little Saturn model :)
 
This little puppy is attracting a lot of attention, that's for sure :)

We hope to start kitting them tomorrow (we brought one with us (kitted) for showing)

Our hope is to begin shipping them on Tuesday! :)
 
The Saturn 1B is NOW shipping!

Just to let folks know we have begun shipping the Saturn 1B kit. We are going through our orders chronologically and hope to be all caught up by Thursday.

If you have ordered a Saturn 1B and have not yet received an email confirmation that it has shipped, please be patient as it should go out in the next day or 2.

Thank you all for your continued support.
jim
 
The Saturn 1B is NOW shipping!

Just to let folks know we have begun shipping the Saturn 1B kit. We are going through our orders chronologically and hope to be all caught up by Thursday.

If you have ordered a Saturn 1B and have not yet received an email confirmation that it has shipped, please be patient as it should go out in the next day or 2.

Thank you all for your continued support.
jim


Mine showed up in the mail yesterday in perfect condition. Production #20 too!!

Now, I do have to admit that I told my son that I think Jim Flis has finally lost his marbles...this looks to be one challenging kit to complete, that's for sure. The parts are tiny! I thought the escape tower parts were a shroud line of some sort at first.

But the kit looks very well put togther, great documentation (as always) and I'm looking forward to working on it and will probably be posting questions as I go along. Thanks for the quick response Jim!
 
Dan (and everyone else who purchases this kit),

I can not stress this enough. Sit down and READ the instructions, end to end, before you begin. It will be a BIG help. :)

jim
 
Dan (and everyone else who purchases this kit),

I can not stress this enough. Sit down and READ the instructions, end to end, before you begin. It will be a BIG help. :)

jim

From what I've seen looking through this kit, I have to say I agree with Jim 1,000%. I've read through them once already and will at least another time before starting. And I'm sure I am going to have a lot of questions as well.

Again, this is really a remarkable little kit, I'm very impressed and looking forward to this build. I hope I can do it justice...I think it might be the first of my Saturn 1B collection to actually get built.
 
Mine showed up today -- production #7.

And for those of you who don't realize exactly what 1:282 means, it means small!

This is going to be....challenging....to build.

-Kevin
 
The parts are tiny! I thought the escape tower parts were a shroud line of some sort at first.

Nah, shroud lines would be WAAAAAAAAAY too thick for this little project. Be really careful with the various cardstock sheets, as one of them has a few strands of 0.020 and 0.010 Plastruct on 'em for the tower if you're so daring.

By the way, if you don't already have one run, don't walk, to your nearest Radio Shack (or go online) to get a this little gem. You stand zero chance of completing the tower without something like it, unless you woos out and go with the paper wrap version. Regular tweezers, with the flat/square tip, are just too honkin' big for this job.
 
Wow. I just took a look.:y:

I have my old dissecting microscope that I don't use any more if you think it would be of help.:eyepop:

I think I need to find a neurosurgeon to tackle that escape tower! The styrene provided is on par with human hair, I think.... :eyepop:

-Kevin
 
I have just received my package with the Saturn. I have not looked at it. It's always nice doing business with Jim...

Shawn
 
#13 for me :D

Hopefully, I can find some time to build it. It looks great, although the tower will be a pain...
 
Wow. I just took a look.:y:

I have my old dissecting microscope that I don't use any more if you think it would be of help.:eyepop:

John, john, john... You have to realize that, so far in Kevin's build, he is still working with the BIG parts of the kits... He ain't started on the *little* stuff yet...

:D :D :D
 
John, john, john... You have to realize that, so far in Kevin's build, he is still working with the BIG parts of the kits... He ain't started on the *little* stuff yet...

:D :D :D

Oh, no, I've gotten to that point, today.

Go take a look, Jim. I'm on to you. I know what you're up to!

-Kevin
 
New Haven, CT (TP) - Today the Yale School of Medicine (YSM) announced a new partnership to aid in the training of neurosurgeons. YSM is partnering with FlisKits of Merrimack, New Hampshire, to provide training opportunities to Residents within their Pediatric Neurosurgery program.

"One of our greatest challenges is to teach our Residents to learn to work with the tiny structures within the pediatric brain. Jim Flis, in partnership with our staff, assembled a kit wherein our Residents can learn to work with fine materials, by practicing with styrene rod. Because the rod is smaller than any structure our Residents will encounter in a Pediatric brain, even during prenatal surgery, those that master these materials will be well trained for their ensuing careers," said Dr Pete Crossedeyes, Dean of YSM.

Residents were first provided the opportunity to work with the materials in June. While some have found the materials very strenuous, others proclaimed their newfound appreciate of the difficulties of operating in the pediatric brain.

"Having mastered the materials provided by Mr Flis, I have since found operating on a newborn brain to be effortless. The structures within the brain are 10 to 20 times the size of what Mr Flis' materials prepapred me for," said Dr Ima Rocketeer, a Resident from Minneapolis.

While the materials were originally designed for use in the YSM environment, Mr Flis happened to notice that the training materials looked a lot like a well-known NASA structure, so he decided to use them in his other line of business -- producing hobby rocket kits.

"I couldn't believe it when I realized how much the product looks like an escape tower from the Saturn rocket days! With that in mind, I felt compelled to build a kit around this. I just hope I don't drive too many within the rocketry community to drink," stated Mr Flis.
 
John, john, john... You have to realize that, so far in Kevin's build, he is still working with the BIG parts of the kits... He ain't started on the *little* stuff yet...

:D :D :D

So basically this is a micro to the maxx without a 6mm motor.

Do you get a commission from the opthamologists?
 
Troj,
So, will you have this project completed for the Heartlands July launch?Or will we have to wait?:confused2:
John
 
So, will you have this project completed for the Heartlands July launch?Or will we have to wait?:confused2:

Not sure, yet.

The escape tower is going to take a LONG time to get done, and that launch is only a week away.

-Kevin
 
So basically this is a micro to the maxx without a 6mm motor.

Do you get a commission from the opthamologists?

No, not even close. I've built most of the MTTM line with the nekkid eye. There are parts in the 1b that I couldn't even cut out without using a magnifying glass. My trusty steel rule with 1/32" lines? Bah! Worthless! My old tiny paint brush that I'd plucked out all but 3 bristles from, for applying delicate touch ups and those little invisible spots of glue? Horrible gobs resulted on the tower.

To be fair, this kit *can* be built fairly quickly and simply, and will look decent (very comparable to a Zooch kit, similar price). If you stray from the "easy" path, though, the path gets dark and scary. Just wait 'till you get to the RCS nozzles...option 1--water slide decals, look sharp, takes a few seconds to cut/soak/apply. Option 2--cut an outline from preprinted cardstock sheet, plus 3 tiny rectangles from same, then stack and glue them so that two rectangles are the base/back, and one the front/top, creating a little 3-D effect. The nozzles themselves are really just tiny triangles, with the point of the triangle as the attachment point to the central rectangle. That attachment point is skinnier than the lines on my ruler marking 1/32", so probably around 0.015" or so. Now imagine cutting this thing out, leaving that small a point holding everything together, then somehow pulling the cut piece out without tearing something apart.:bang:. There's a reason he includes 6 on the pattern sheet...
 
Not sure, yet.

The escape tower is going to take a LONG time to get done, and that launch is only a week away.

-Kevin

I should be there in August. Hopefully then, or maybe Airfest in september we can see it? You have a lot more patience than I do.

John
 
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