Saturday, September 19, 2020

4 new fleet additions

Lately I have been pulling easy builds from the stash to create some relaxation time. Over the past couple of days, these three have been added to the fleet:

  • Solaris - a boxed Estes kit that goes together really quickly. I like the orange and yellow decor of this 18 mm powered rocket.
  • Splendor - A patriotic BT-55 based rocket, also powered by 18 mm motors (B's and C's).
  • Show Stopper - A shiny out of production model the same diameter as a BT-60. Being fairly beefy, 24 mm motors are recommended for this one.

Solaris (Click to enlarge)
Splendor (Click to enlarge).

Show Stopper (Click to enlarge).

The last build was the Estes Mongoose, a two stager that uses the Generic fin can. It has a strange purple and yellow decor, but I guess the appeal will grow over time. The good news is that I can scratch this one off the Generic fin can list.

The Mongoose (Click to enlarge).

Speaking of the Generic list, today I filled and primed body tubes for the Screaming Eagle and 3 more rockets:

The Estes Athena in the 1993 catalog (Not to be confused with the current ready-to-fly Athena).

The Scorpion (part of a starter set) from the 2000 Estes catalog (Click to enlarge).

The Estes Generic (Can you believe I haven't built one yet?).

Now I just have to hope for some painting weather over the next week or so.


  1. Well, now I know what rocket I found at the WSR launch earlier this summer. It was a Show Stopper. It obviously wasn't a mower stopper.