SpaceX Falcon 9 Kit Discontinued?

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  1. Jan 13, 2020 #1

    fenbay

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    Hi folks,

    Just getting into the hobby with my 10yo son, who is a rocket/SpaceX fanatic. I actually launched rockets with my dad when I was a kid so this is kind of cool for me.

    I've seen threads with a SpaceX branded Falcon9 kit build, and looked online only to see it not available (no stock and no date when it will become available) on Amazon.

    Anyone happen to know if it will be being released again or where to procure the kit? I know my son would LOVE to build/launch this one.

    Thanks
     
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    They were sold from the SpaceX store directly in at least two variants, but I don't see them listed anymore.
     
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    Welcome back!

    Dr. Zooch kits are a fun build, though they’re not overly difficult, I wouldn’t pick the Falcon Heavy kit as a good “re-entry” point for model rocketry - the spoofed detail parts are small and a little fiddly plus the paper wraps can be a challenge. My personal opinion is pick one up from eRockets for a future project along with a few simpler kits to get back in the groove. As far as the SpaceX Falcon kit I’ve never seen one but reading about them they seem to yield mixed results. If you’re set on having a SpaceX model Boyce Aerospace has Dragon I and II nose cones if you’re up to scratch building. Considering how tightly SpaceX controls licensing of their designs unless they have another batch of Falcons ginned up it’s not likely you’ll see a kit from another vendor.
     
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    Don't see it listed anymore at the Space X web store. It retailed for around $35-40 IIRC.
    They pop up from time to time on eBay. The box says "Falcon 9 and fairing".
    Currently see two listings at outrageous prices.
    Here are the Dr. Zooch Falcon heavy and the Space X Falcon 9 kits side by side for your comparison:
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    Zooch kit is 18mm power, "flame fins" detach for display.
    Space X kit is 24mm power, clear through the wall fins, non detachable.
     
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    I think you could build an F

    Your son is 10 years old so this will be a challenge but not impossible.

    I think you could build this with BT-60 tube
    https://www.apogeerockets.com/Build...er_Tubes/41mm_x_18_Body_Tube_Estes_BT-60_Size

    and BT-80 tube
    https://www.apogeerockets.com/Build...er_Tubes/66mm_x_18_Body_Tube_Estes_BT-80_size


    with a BT-60 tube to BT-80 transition piece and and a BT-80 nose cone.
    https://www.ebay.com/i/183793024403...MI6pDUxcCC5wIVgshkCh08MgvFEAQYASABEgJQs_D_BwE

    Note I'm not endorsing this seller just giving you the idea.


    You can cut the fins from 1/8" inch clear plastic acrylic sheet.

    The hard part is cutting the tubes for the fins.
    The Apogee Rockets website has so many awesome "how to" videos that I'm not going to link the specifics for your here, because you will learn so much by searching.

    SpaceX decals:
    Use Water Slide Decal Paper Sheets as a fun computer project to get the SpaceX graphics part right.
    https://smile.amazon.com/Sheets-Ink...el+decal+transfer+film&qid=1578986397&sr=8-11

    Engines
    You can get the engine fittings from http://www.unclemikesrocketshack.com/index.html

    Tubes and parachutes any anything else from
    https://www.apogeerockets.com/

    along with amazing support on any questions you have.

    You can do the F9 as a one stage or two stage rocket, using a rear ejection of the primary stage see https://www.apogeerockets.com/education/downloads/Newsletter439.pdf

    Apogee Rockets has videos for centering rocket fins and anything else you could possibly imagine. They are amazing.

    RockSim is also a very useful tool to use in designing your rocket.
    https://www.apogeerockets.com/Rocket_Software/RockSim

    Here is a link to the build I did with my friends kids
    https://www.rocketryforum.com/threads/spacex-falcon-heavy.155486/

    Oh and if you want the extra model parts for a more realistic build there's
    https://boyceaerospacehobbies.com/p...heavy-upgrade-kit?_pos=1&_sid=f78289c7c&_ss=r
     
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    Thanks for all the great replies. I can see this forum is a great community. The helpfulness is appreciated.
     

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