New Estes Kit

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I just received my July/August 2021 issue of Sport Rocketry magazine.

The inside cover has a new Estes ad featuring the Super Mars Snooper, DARC-1 and a new kit named Vesta Intruder (#7312).

It uses 24mm motors and stands over two feet tall.

Hopefully more details will be available soon.

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Cool! That issue is available in digital form on the NAR web site. Good to see that the DARC-1 and SMS should be available this month!
 

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Looks interesting. As with many kits, that single perspective view makes it hard to fully grasp the design of the rocket. I look forward to seeing more.

Is that another new nose cone mold?

Also, I foresee a lot of broken fins on landings....
 

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Neil, have to agree that the fins on the Vestra Intruder look like they would be susceptible to breaking. I definitely would look at finding some way to reinforce them. Papering would probably be the easiest for people I guess.
 

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I'm interested in that Vestra... A new nosecone... I'm interested in what new possibilities that'll open up.
 

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The flame coming out of those new Estes Rockets is that mojave green, classic and blue thunder?
 

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That paint scheme on the Snooper is very retro, right out of the early 70's catalogs. It's a BT-55 so about a 1/3 upscale from the original. Looking forward to it!
 

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The Darc-1 has a design I've never seen before. I think I get it but I'll need more pics to make sure.
 

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The Darc-1 has a design I've never seen before. I think I get it but I'll need more pics to make sure.

The DARC-1 features a blow-molded main structure, and is very unlike anything Estes has released before. I had the opportunity to build a pre-release version a few months ago, and have a pair of videos to share soon after the kit is released.

At the $29.99 price currently shown on the Estes "Coming Soon" page it will be a screamer of a value.

James
 

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Looks like the DARC-1 kit has migrated from "Coming Soon" to "New" on the Estes website.

EDIT: Here's a photo of a completed kit, albeit highly modified. I'll be posting an unboxing video tomorrow that will feature a bit on how to trim the blow molded shroud part without drawing blood. A few days after that I will be posting the Beowulf of build videos, demonstrating how this beastie was built, painted, decaled, and weathered.

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Listed on the Estes website as Coming Soon,
 

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Looking forward to the Vesta Intruder. The nosecone will open up some very interesting scratchbuilding opportunities, I suspect. :)
 

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The fins are reinforced with thin card stock on both sides so they are pretty strong. The Dark Blue shows the outline of the card stock. I've also attached a close up of the new nose cone. It's pretty long as well as having an unusual shape
 

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Anyone know how successful Estes's Space Corps concept has been in increasing sales and generating more interest in Estes rockets? I find the concept interesting, personally.
 

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The fins are reinforced with thin card stock on both sides so they are pretty strong. The Dark Blue shows the outline of the card stock. I've also attached a close up of the new nose cone. It's pretty long as well as having an unusual shape
More than the other recent molds (e.g.: DARC, Mars Longship), this one seems to have interesting possibilities for re-use.

This rocket has a good alien vibe to it. I'm not sure, but is that a plasma core of sorts at the aft end?

Finally: by calling it "Space Corps Vesta Intruder" it makes it sound like a Space Corps vessel, but its backstory is that it is alien and hostile. That would be sort of like saying "Rebel Alliance Tie Fighter".
 

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I hope at some point Estes will consider selling the nosecone as a separate part. Way cool. :)
 

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I'd like all of them but I already have 5-6 unbuilt kits down the line.
What I need is someone to buy them, build them and launch them for me.
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:popcorn:
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The fins are reinforced with thin card stock on both sides so they are pretty strong. The Dark Blue shows the outline of the card stock. I've also attached a close up of the new nose cone. It's pretty long as well as having an unusual shape


Thanks for a great new design! I love the sci-fi and odd rocs. It will be added to my build pile!
 

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Got the Vesta Intruder today, am really liking the design. Though I do have to wonder why it was designed with a 12" BT-60 body tube and then the nosecone uses 2 pats of clay as noseweight, versus using a longer body tube and either reducing or eliminating the clay? I was under the impression that Estes usually preferred to use stock body tube lengths instead of "custom" ones?

Still, I look forward to building this one after I get my Mean Machine done.
 
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