First, we have a couple from Semroc - the Jupiter B, a saucer kit based on the Jupiter 2 from the old Lost and Space TV series, and a bring-back of the Estes Andromeda. A high school friend of mine had an Andromeda, and I have always admired its futuristic looks. A bit fragile though - the long, thin BT-20 body was easily bent and my friend was repairing the model almost every time it flew. The Semroc kit has the thicker wall ST-7 tubes, so I'm hoping it holds up better to flight stresses. It also features laser-cut jigs to help position and hold the fins during gluing - a nice addition!
|The Semroc Andromeda and Jupiter B (Click to enlarge).|
|Recently purchased Custom rockets (Click to enlarge).|
|New Estes catalog releases (Click to enlarge).|
|The return of the Black Brant II (Click to enlarge).|
- The Luna Bug - a very small (2.5") 13 mm rocket a la the Mosquito. Given the tiny size of this model, I guarantee I will not be painting it green as in the kit art. This will only create a high chance of losing it in the grass/weeds in addition to the likelihood of losing it in flight. I will be very surprised if I find this one after its maiden voyage.
- The Solo - A blue-and-yellow ARTF (Almost Ready To Fly) featuring a single cylindrical glider. The C6-3 is the only recommended motor. Have already built this one.
|Luna Bug and Solo (Click to enlarge).|
- The Tigres, a nice looking 18 mm powered ARTF. This one is likely to please young kiddos, and it went together in less than 30 minutes.
- The Long Ranger - my least favorite of the new releases, this one is a rather plain, long 18 mm rocket. The only catchy thing about it is the name.
- The Epic II is simply an Estes Sterling Silver with a different paint decor and name. This one is not an ARTF, but a standard build with balsa fins, etc.
- The ARTF Cadet is also a kid pleaser with its cool decor and use of 18mm motors. It's also a Bill-pleaser, as I really like the looks, despite the peel and stick markings.
|Tigres, Long Ranger, Epic II, and Cadet (Click to enlarge).|
- The ESAM-58 is a 24 mm powered single stage version of the Sasha, redone in a Canadian/British decor.
- The Cherokee-E - A longer version of the hallowed Estes Cherokee-D of yore. Like its shorter cousin, this rocket is also powered by 24 mm motors, and I bet it really gets up there on an E12. Duane - who is a Cherokee aficionado - could not wait to get his hands on one of these.
|Cherokee-E and ESAM-58 (Click to enlarge).|