|First appearance of the Mean Machine in the Estes 1978 catalog (click to|
Note that the lettering and fin decals are white in the catalog; this held true until 1993, when the Mean Machine decals changed to a blue color, which lasted until 2005, when the kit was dropped from the Estes lineup. It reappeared in 2007, this time sporting yellow decals. The rocket has retained its black paint job ever since 1978, which I reckon is supposed to convey a sense of badness. Alas, the kit is not in this year's Estes catalog, indicating it is once again out of production. Fortunately there are enough around that you can still find them in hobby shops and online vendors.
|Updated Estes Mean Machine|
Today I cut out and sanded the fins, built the motor mount and baffle, and filled the spirals in the lower body tube. A Big Bad is on its way to join my fleet!