Discussion in 'Low Power Rocketry (LPR)' started by -, Jul 9, 2004.
The original Estes Mars Snooper K20.
NOT the Mars Snooper II.
Also, it must be red.
That was my first rocket. In my rush to build and fly it I neglected to seal and fill the balsa, but I did paint it all red. My second rocket, the Apogee II, turned out much better.
First kit? You jumped right in.
Mine first was an Estes Astron Scout. I painted it white and put a B in it. Never saw its apogee but remarkably it landed about 100' from the launch site. Second flight I put a C in it and lost it forever.
This one. Always flew great.
You know, of course, that that Starship Excalibur was never kitted by Estes. However, it has since then been kitted by Semroc (now at erockets.biz): http://www.erockets.biz/semroc-flying-model-rocket-kit-starship-excalibur-sem-kv-85/
It flies quite well, too.
BEC, thanks for the clarification on Estes not kitting the Starship Excalibur. I was trying to remember exactly how that worked. Could it have been that Estes sold the plans and a list of parts for the rocket ? I must have bashed it together from parts back in the early to middle 70s. Yes I do have the Semroc kit now too, haven't built it yet. The original Starship Excalibur I built was destroyed in a launch incident...
It was a free model plan....I'm not sure how they were distributed. http://www.spacemodeling.org/jimz/eirp_55.htm It's always been one of my favorite designs. Laser cutting in the Semroc kit did make it a little easier to build, but there's still quite a bit of sanding/shaping to do.
Estes DID kit something called "Starship Excalibur". It was similar in some ways, but not the same: http://plans.rocketshoppe.com/estes/est1920/est1920.htm
I've seen that one on the internet. The biggest difference I could spot is the change from streamlined nose and tailcone pods on the tip of the three fins to the "radar" appearing fin tip pods.
It was a plan first published in Model Rocket News. They may have published it in a later publication as well.
I built one. The hardest part was sanding that big balsa strip to glue to the tube. Mine was well finished with genuine Estes Astroseal.
I do remember fitting the passenger bay roof balsa (that big balsa strip) to the body tube. I t was an enjoyable build.
I always liked the Bandit. It was my 3rd kit ever. (#1: Alpha, #2: Beta)
I want to paint it in negative image...
Actually, Estes did kit the Starship Excalibur, just not the original design in MRN. That one uses pods out on the fin tips. The one Estes released replaced the pods with laser cannons.
I built the original and have the released kit in it's bag sealed.
Semroc has the clone of the original version offered.
The original is more pleasing than the released kit with the cannons.
I always loved the Trident, Orbital Transport, the Sandhawk, and the Mars Lander. The Saturn 1B I built at age 12 was one of the hardest kits I ever did build. Wish my brother had not destroyed it while I was at college...
After a lot of thought narrowed it down to 4.
1. Mercury/Atlas. Large majestic and a beautiful flyer especially on larger reloads.
2. k-21 Gemini Titan. Just a great build and seems to be the elusive unicorn of model rockets for many.
3. Centuri Buck Rodgers Starfighter. Just because I loved the design, twin nose rear ejection high flyer.
4. The Starfighter combo. great designs, affordable and good flyer. Thanks to Tango Papa decals and semroc they are both easily clonable but the original is always nice to have.
Estes Arcas.....just plain clean, and nice size......ive built and flown the Semeroc and Rcketarium versions......very nice ships!!
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