Leo Space Train available from Estes

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  1. Feb 3, 2020 #1

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    That's my favorite of the new ones that have been released recently. Really nice paint scheme and decals. Looking forward to your build.

    I note that most of the other new models are now on the "Coming Soon" page as well, including the Low-Boom SST (I *still* can't quite figure out what that one looks like; waiting for some good pictures from different angle).
     
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    That is my favorite of the new set as well! Will surely get one or two. This also looks like an upscale candidate. Like BT70 - BT-80. I like this kit before even seeing getting one!
    Andrew
     
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    Yes the LEO Space Train is the most interesting of the new kits.
     
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    Estes has really messed me up. My interest has been with scale looking rockets.
    Now they come out with all these fantasy types which look super cool.
     
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    Great to see Estes releasing new kits inspired by actual vehicles currently in development. Sure, they may be fantasy, but not too far removed from reality. They tell the story behind them in the new catalog really well too. Those were the type of kits that always sparked my interest and imagination, and left me wanting to learn more about the real birds.

    I am just waiting for an email from AC Supply when they get the LEO Space Train in stock. They already had the MAV in stock. Then I will have to decide what other kits or engines I want to bundle with it to get free shipping...seems like a good time to grab a Boosted Bertha too.
     
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    Pretty sure the Leo Space-Train is copy of this... https://www.space.com/boeing-withdraws-darpa-military-space-plane.html
    Which is pretty darn cool. Too Bad they canceled the program. I hope Estes comes out with more real-world looking kits. Would love to see very close approximations of stuff from ULA, ESA, Orbital ATK, JAXA, Space-X etc. Lots of possibilities.
    Andrew
     
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    The masking on that kit looks to be a little too challening for me. :(
     
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    Wait to see @hcmbanjo's build on his blog before deciding. Usually if you follow his sequence it'll work out well. Looks like a very nice kit.
     
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    If you were to match the face card illustration, the masking is a challenge.
    I painted like color assemblies separately before gluing it all together.
    There was some paint scraping and paint masking to get goods glue bond.
    The finished model is impressive.

    www.modelrocketbuilding.blogspot.com
     
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    I just ordered two. Also, if you look at the kit card/art....it looks like the style they use for the Hobby Lobby kits. Interesting....I wonder if Hobby Lobby will have this kit? OR maybe Estes is doing a style change on their kit cards. Either way...I like it all (old and new style). I am also looking forward to building this kit (when I am done with the Estes Shuttle). I really like The new stuff from Estes lately. :)

    Andrew
     
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    I think they are, generally, changing the face card style. The MAV and the Tazz both have the same face card style as well. Neither of these is a Hobby Lobby kit.
     
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    I just received my Leo Space Train kit. Looks like a fun build. Like others who said it before.....the paint masking looks tough! I am glad I got two kits....just in case I REALLY mess up my first attempt.

    I really like the new kits from Estes....well done. It is sure a fun day when a new kit comes in the mail....fun times and simple pleasures.
    Andrew
     
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    One more thing.....Even if one doesn't follow the paint scheme exactly.....it is still a very sharp kit..
     

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