That one was a disaster, for sure. We had a young man build one and fly it at our local club on a K motor, he suffered a drag separation otherwise the flight would have been pretty good I believe. The fins are the issue sometimes they need to be extremely stiff to resist fluttering.
I believe that the Maxi-Brute X-Wing was an upscale version of the smaller 1298 X-Wing which has small fins on the exhaust tube of the four engines. The NCR version has clear plastic fins between the wings. Without the extra fins, an X-Wing would not be stable on the lateral (yaw) axis. The two X-Wings are constructed a bit differently from the information I have seen over the years. I haven't found a complete instruction set for the 1302 X-Wing online yet. From the partial set that I have (Parts list and exploded diagram) the construction of the Maxi-Brute is a bit more involved than its contemporary produced smaller cousin.The specs are actually pretty similar. Both were advertised to be of the same scale as used in the film.
#1302 Maxi-Brute X-Wing Fighter (1978) Skill level 2, 24mm motors, length 21 5/8", wingspan 16 1/4", weight 11 oz. Not sure what is meant by "small fins have been added for Earth flight".
NCR 3450 X-Wing Fighter High Impulse Rocket (1997), 29mm motors, length 20", wingspan 18", weight 16 oz.
If you do a bit of research on the forums for the hardcore Star Wars modelers, you'll quickly learn that the recipe for an absolutely accurate X-wing replica involves starting with the fuselage from the Maxi-Brute kit and scratchbuilding almost everything else. Legend has it that the masters for Maxi-Brute X-Wing was based upon the remains of an on-screen pyro model that the Estes researchers were able to take back back to Penrose following a visit to the ILM workshop.Hi,
Which would you say is the better/cooler Star Wars X-Wing Fighter kit to build and display? The Estes Maxi-brute or the NCR by Estes version? I do have an 18mm kit in my build pile for comparison.