# Starter kit recomendations

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#### Jeepin4Him

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Hi folks, nice site here...more information than I know what to do with!

So I'm thinking about getting some rockets again after a 10 plus year absence. I was wondering what starter kits are good? Estes? Or perhaps somebody elses offering?

I've learned from another post here that due to the size of the area I'll be flying in I need low and slow rockets. I've read that the Big Bertha (always wanted that one when I was a kid ) and UFO type rockets are good. Any other recomendations?

One small suggestion, unless I passed it over a FAQ for those of us that are newbies would be great.
Thanks for the help!

#### shrox

##### Well-Known Member
Hi Jeep,

If you want to get going right now, go to WalMart or KMart and get most any Estes or Quest starter set. The launcher and controllers will handle most of what you'll probably be building for a while. There is MicroMaxx from Quest, don't pick up that one if you want the versatility.

Otherwise you can order on the web from many places, my friend Tim (and occasionally my boss) has a company that makes model rockets, and he sells Quest launch equipment too.

https://www.apogeerockets.com/

shrox

#### Missileman

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Estes, Fat boy and Big Daddy are good slow low fliers.
Quest has some good ones and I would strongly recommend you look into some Flizkits (They are awesome)
Welcome to TRF and back into the hobbie

#### powderburner

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Get the 40 percent off coupon out of the sunday paper for Michaels MJ Design. Many of those stores carry rockets, and specifically carry Estes starter specials. That's about as cheap as you will find them, unless you luck into another Hobby Lobby 1/2 price sale (they are due for another sale in about a month?).

After you get a starter special (rocket, a few motors, launcher, ignition system) you can branch out a bit. Yes the Big Bertha (also the Big Betty knock-off) is a good one, also the Fat Boy, also just about any 18mm-motor-powered kit with a streamer (to come down a little faster and not blow away). Lots of other vendors also offer great stuff. FlisKits will have several good choices including their Rhino, and Flyin' Silverado has many kits to choose from. Look around. Enjoy. Welcome to TRF!

P.S. And you can have a blast with fun little DIY kits like the Qubit:

#### Jeepin4Him

##### Member
Thanks guys! I'll keep y'all updated when I get my starter set.

#### johnnwwa

I picked up and Estes Stars and Stripes starter set at Wal-Mart for $16.97 Rocket Maximum altitude is 600' Complete. A8-3 to C6-7 Motor . BAR John #### Jase ##### Well-Known Member Welcome to TRF! Take a look at the top of any page at the buttons in the upper right corner and you'll see the F.A.Q. button. Enjoy! #### eugenefl ##### Well-Known Member TRF Supporter Originally posted by Jase Welcome to TRF! Take a look at the top of any page at the buttons in the upper right corner and you'll see the F.A.Q. button. Enjoy! Welcome aboard! Searching for information on the forum is generally encouraged and not so much a rule. Not only is it courteous on your part, but it also avoids have to see the same questions repeatedly asked. I think the advantage to this hobby is its versatility. There is SOooo much to discuss that repeat topics are infrequent. In terms of getting set up with a starter set, I'd say pick up an <$20 Estes set at Walmart. It'll kinda either kill the craving or light the fire. If you're a BAR, strap yourself in. You're in for a ride! Which Estes starter set? I'd go with something that accomplishes more than just "whoosh-pop". Why not go with a SnapShot RTF? This way you kinda have a mission each flight - get inflight aerial pictures! Or, check out the MaxTrax. Some people dislike the altitude electronic device, but for what it's worth, it'll keep your interest flight after flight.

Best of luck and welcome back to the hobby!

#### Fore Check

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I recently picked up an Alpha III starter package at Michael's for less than $20. It included two rockets (an Alpha III and a Bandit - both are easy builders and durable with plastic fins. Also includes pad, launcher, 5 engines, wadding, etc. All you need are four AA batteries and you're all set! As powderburner noted above, if you look for the 40% off coupon in the Sunday paper, this can be had for a price in the neighborhood of$10.

Welcome aboard!

#### graylensman

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The starter set I got for my BARness was the Estes set with the Goliath and some sort of Interceptor-style rocket. The Goliath is a big rocket, but easy to assemble- plastic fins, plastic nose, and if you don't want to paint, hi-visibility pink body tube. The other bird had die-cut balsa fins; a great way to remember your modeling skills from years ago.

Joe