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    18mm Stealth Model Rocket Kit

    Art Applewhite Rockets 18mm Stealth Model Rocket Kit

    Easy to build and fun to fly, this Art Applewhite kit features laser-cut components. After a low and slow flight, the Stealth uses aerobrake recovery to gently return to earth.

    24mm Stealth Model Rocket Kit

    Art Applewhite Rockets 24mm Stealth Model Rocket Kit

    Easy to build and fun to fly, this Art Applewhite kit features laser-cut components. After a low and slow flight, the Stealth uses aerobrake recovery to gently return to earth.

    Two-Bitz Model Rocket Kit

    Centuri Two-Bitz Model Rocket Kit

    Centuri produced the Two-Bitz kit from about 1973 to 1979. Designed by Grant Boyd, the Two-Bitz kit features pre-printed cardstock from wich the body and fins of the rocket are crafted. The Two-Bitz flew using Centuri M (13mm) motors and utilized featherweight recovery. 

    This is an original kit still in the original packaging.  Please see the photo to get an idea of the condition of the kit and its packaging.  Many of the kits have remnants of some tape stuck to the front of the bags.

    220 Swift Model Rocket Kit

    Estes 220 Swift Model Rocket Kit

    Is it okay to describe a rocket as "cute?" If so, then the Estes 220 Swift is cute. This tiny powerhouse rushes into the sky on a mini-motor then tumbles back to earth ready to fly again.

    Flutter-By Model Rocket Kit

    Estes Flutter-By Model Rocket Kit

    Estes has re-created the Centuri classic of the early 1970s. The Flutter-By does not have a parachute or streamer. Instead, at apogee, the rocket splits into two parts.Each part tumbles to earth.

    Orange Bullet Model Rocket Kit

    Estes Orange Bullet Model Rocket Kit

    Vernon Estes designed the Orange Bullet before Estes released its first kit, the Astron Scout, in 1961. Vern added weights to the ends of the rocket's fins to balance it so that it would tumble down safely after the motor ejected. Workign with G. Harry Stine, Vern was able to refine the design so that the motor didn't eject. Instead, the motor slides backwards changing the Center of Gravity so that the rocket tumbles. This technique would be used later in the Astron Scout kit.

    Sixty years later, Bill Stine, G. Harry Stine's son and current Estes Vice President, decided it was time for the Orange bullet to take flight again.

    The Orange Bullet is the first rocket in the new Estes Designer Signature Series.

    Space Corps Lunar Scout Model Rocket Kit

    Estes Space Corps Lunar Scout Model Rocket Kit

    When humanity returns to the moon, look for the Space Corps Lunar Scout to lead the way. Compact, easy to build, and constructed from laser-cut cardstock, this highly detailed rocket flies up to 200 feet on an Estes A10-0T engine and returns by featherweight recovery – ideal for small fields.

    he Lunar Scout series of remote, robotic space probes was crucial to the success of the new lunar landing program of the late 2020s. This automated craft had a single, critical directive: map the moon’s surface in exacting detail to identify prospective sites for the “Second Giant Leap” as that series of lunar landing missions eventually become known. Designed to be inexpensive to manufacture and proven reliable after more than a dozen flawless lunar landing and mapping missions, Space Corps later adapted the Lunar Scout to explore Mars and its twin moons Phobos and Deimos.

    The Estes Lunar Scout is a lightweight model of this future historic space probe that will one day play such an important role in humanity’s return to the moon. With just enough detail to make this a fun but challenging build, the Lunar Scout is right for all levels of model rocket crafters. This Intermediate-Level kit features laser-cut cardstock fins and other structural parts that come together to form an amazing flying model rocket. Intricately designed water-slide decals add an additional note of realism. The full-size Lunar Scout may not actually exist quite yet, but this model looks real enough to do the job now! Compact and lightweight, the Estes Lunar Scout is designed to fly well on smaller engines. A maximum altitude of 200 feet can be expected using the Estes A10-0T mini engine. Engine options for lower altitude flights are also available. The Lunar Scout features featherweight recovery – the rocket is engineered to fall back to Earth after powered flight and land unharmed, ready to take another engine and fly again. With relatively low altitude launches and a rapid featherweight recovery, the Lunar Scout makes for a great small field flyer. No need to wait for NASA to create their Lunar Scout – build and fly yours today.

    Wacky Wiggler Model Rocket Launch Set

    Estes Wacky Wiggler Model Rocket Launch Set

    The Wiggler has arrived! This launch set includes a launch pad, launch controller, and the Wacky Wiggler rocket.

    Estes's Wacky Wiggler rocket features "break-apart" recovery.

    The easy-to-build Wacky Wiggler will give you hours of rocket launching fun. The Wiggler launches as a normal rocket, but comes down in several pieces connect by a shock cord. The kit features pre-colored parts including body tube segments featuring a silver holographic pattern which is super shiny and easy to see in the sky.

    Break Away Model Rocket Kit

    Odd'l Rockets Break Away Model Rocket Kit

    Odd'l Rockets' Break Away features "break-apart" recovery. At apogee, the rocket breaks into several sections which wiggle their way back to earth. A Kevlar tether holds the pieces together making recovery safe and easy. Just slide the segments back together and you are ready for another flight.
    Odd'l Rockets has improved upon the original Break Away by using longer coupler connections and engineering better, easier-to-construct segment ties.
    Planet Probe Model Rocket Kit

    Quest Aerospace Planet Probe Model Rocket Kit

    Fun to fly and easy to build, the cone-shaped Planet Probe rocket is perfect for small flying areas.

    The Planet Probe features gentle tumble recovery. No recovery wadding is required, so the Planet Probe is easy and quickly prepared for flight.

    Some tips for building the Planet Probe:

    The shroud is pre-printed on one side, but is plain white on the other. As an alternative to using the pre-printed side, you can flip the shroud over and use the white side. The white side may be decorated, before or after assembly, with paint or markers.

    Gluing the cardstock internal fins to the motor mount tube can be challenging. To make it easier, lightly sand both the root edges of each fin and the places on the motor tube where the fins will be glued. Redraw the lines on the motor tube after sanding. Sanding the surfaces gives a slightly rougher finish which allows the glue to adhere better. Apply a light bead of glue along the line on motor tube. Stick the root edge of the fin to the glue. Pull the fin away and wait a few seconds. Then stick it back in place. Hold the fin in place for a while until it is steady before trying to glue the next fin.

    An alternative way to attach the fins to the motor tube is to use a thin bead of CA ("Super") glue. Be careful when aligning the fin and pressing it into the glue because the glue will grab instantly. Let the glue dry for an hour or two then apply a fillit of white or wood glue along each fin's edge as described in the kit's instructions.

    Golden Scout Model Rocket Kit

    Semroc Golden Scout Model Rocket Kit

    Vernon Estes designed the Scout in 1959. The tumble-recovery Scout was first introduced as a kit (#K-1) in 1961.

    Jupiter B Model Rocket Kit

    Semroc Jupiter B Model Rocket Kit

    Relive the experiences of the Robinson Family with Semroc's Jupiter B flying saucer.

    Lil' Hercules Model Rocket Kit

    Semroc Lil' Hercules Model Rocket Kit

    The original Lil' Hercules was released by Centuri in 1965. It used Centuri's Series III ("Shorty") model rocket engines which were one inch shorter than standard engines

    Semroc's "retro-reproduction" of the Lil' Hercules kit is updated to use standard-length 18mm engines. The kit also comes with laser-cut fins. Like the original, it uses tumble recovery.

    Point Model Rocket Kit

    Semroc Point Model Rocket Kit

    The Amazing Point is Semroc's re-issue of the classic Centuri kit from 1969. Centuri designed the Point to show that a model rocket did not have to look like a rocket to fly. Basically a cone shape, it demonstrated principles of stability and showed that the rocket could be used as its own parachute. The Semroc Point is a faithful recreation of the original. It uses a precision shaped balsa nose cone. Laser-cut balsa fins are included instead of the original blank sheet with a fin pattern sheet. The canopy is now self-adhesive and a high gloss full color shroud is provided so there is very little left to paint. An elastic cord is provided instead of the original rubber shock cord.

    Sprite Model Rocket Kit

    Semroc Sprite Model Rocket Kit

    The Astron Sprite was released in 1964 as a free kit on the mailing cover sheet of the February 1964 Model Rocket News. Designed by Gene Street, Chief Illustrator of Estes Industries, the Astron Sprite usies the same tumble recovery method that was earlier used by the Estes Scout. The Sprite quickly became a classic design and was in production for almost ten years.

    Semroc's Retro-Repro Sprite is updated with laser- cut fins and other minor upgrades, but the model remains close to the original.

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