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astronwolf 09-19-2018 07:56 AM

Explorer Aquarius coming soon
 
https://www.estesrockets.com/coming...orer-aquariustm

Ltvscout 09-19-2018 03:46 PM

Your link gives a 404 error.

astronwolf 09-19-2018 04:41 PM

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Originally Posted by Ltvscout
Your link gives a 404 error.

That's because it was "coming soon" this morning, but by the time you saw it they moved it to "what's new."
https://www.estesrockets.com/new/00...orer-aquariustm

Scott6060842 09-19-2018 05:00 PM

Not a big fan of this rocket .. I built one from a box of parts I won in an Ebay lot once. Meh.

the mole 09-19-2018 07:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Scott6060842
Not a big fan of this rocket .. I built one from a box of parts I won in an Ebay lot once. Meh.


I have to agree with you. There just something about it that doesn't excite me. :p

neil_w 09-19-2018 07:56 PM

Me three. It's a cool design and I like looking at it but it doesn't make me want to build it. I think it's a slightly odd choice for a bring-back, but what do I know.

tbzep 09-19-2018 09:43 PM

I sanded and sealed enough cylinders on the Estes Outlander to last me a loooong time. You guys know how much I love sanding. :rolleyes:

hcmbanjo 09-20-2018 09:25 AM

I'm thinking along the same lines as everybody else.
I like seeing the bring-backs - But there are too many tube seams to fill!

sandman 09-20-2018 10:50 AM

Maybe Estes should have asked here if they should release this model.

Yeh, not that attractive.

But everybody has an opinion.

For bring backs, how about all the models I showed with the pnc-50sp cockpit nose cone.

Maybe upscales like they did with the Interceptor and Interceptor E.

Everybody likes upscales.

AstronMike 09-20-2018 11:01 AM

PNC-50SP Nose Cone
 
Or, how about a BT60 upscale of the Soaring Eagle? Shoot, even that with the venerable PNC-60MS or AH would suffice!

With laser-cut stuff, might make THAT build MUCH easier!

Ive made such myself years ago, but *hated* dealing with custom 'fiddly bitz' with such a model. Too bad I cant afford a laser cutter for my 50th birthday!! :eek:

5x7 09-20-2018 11:13 AM

I like it but I also think the N.C. was used only on this model, so it would be great if John could come up with a creative sister ship.

mwtoelle 09-20-2018 03:08 PM

I got a pair of the nose cones and display nozzles in a Designer's Special back in the late 1990s. They are still sitting in a box with other used plastic nose cones.

Bob Austin 09-20-2018 03:47 PM

Guess I am the odd man out on this one. I liked the model when it first came out and will likely buy the reissue. But that's me! :D :D :D

mojo1986 09-20-2018 04:01 PM

I'll wait until they hit the clearance bin so that I can stock up on body tubes.

tlainhart 09-20-2018 07:16 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Bob Austin
Guess I am the odd man out on this one. I liked the model when it first came out and will likely buy the reissue. But that's me! :D :D :D


I'm in as well.

astronwolf 09-20-2018 07:28 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by tlainhart
I'm in as well.

Me too. I never build one before.

ghrocketman 09-20-2018 07:35 PM

Mojo has the best idea for this one. Hopefully Grabby Lobby will get them.

sandman 09-20-2018 09:13 PM

Years ago I actually needed one of those cone.

I had to make a version of that cone to fit a 6" tube.

Darn thing was as big as a soccer ball!

I called Christene at Estes and she sent me one but...not before she drew an iris and blood shot veins on it with a Sharpe.

Maybe I should find it and post a pic of Christene's artwork.

neil_w 09-20-2018 09:22 PM

Was that for jimzcatz's upscale?

sandman 09-20-2018 09:25 PM

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Originally Posted by neil_w
Was that for jimzcatz's upscale?


Why yes it was! :)

GlenP 09-21-2018 12:45 AM

I am always a sucker for the sci-fi fantasy models like these, the unique nose cone is what makes it, well, unique. Yeah, why not make some new kits with this nose & nozzle, kind of like the Scorpion, Lynx, and Puma, you know? Just keep 'em coming, I will keep buying 'em.

chrism 09-21-2018 05:06 PM

Everybody should at least build one in their lifetime!

chrism 09-21-2018 05:09 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by ghrocketman
Mojo has the best idea for this one. Hopefully Grabby Lobby will get them.


The Hobby Lobbys in my area are getting very sparse on rocketry products. Hopefully they will restock for the holidays.

matthew 09-21-2018 06:35 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by chrism
Everybody should at least build one in their lifetime!


I like the model but I think that's how long it would take me to build!

PaulK 09-22-2018 07:45 AM

I always that this was ugly, even though Sci-Fi models are some of my favorites. Perhaps it'll sell poorly and we'll be able to get them deeply discounted in a couple years - might be fun to build one for the E16/F15.

ghrocketman 09-22-2018 10:28 AM

Kinda looks like something that would have been featured in the original Battlestar Galactica as a "Garbage Scow/Trawler" holding contaminated Solium.

sandman 10-04-2018 09:01 AM

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Here is a pic of what I got from Christine at Estes years ago.

The second and third pic is what I did with it.

Doug Sams 10-04-2018 10:31 AM

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Originally Posted by sandman
Here is a pic of what I got from Christine at Estes years ago.

The second and third pic is what I did with it.
Good stuff!

Did you turn the inner ball? (How?) Or is that hand sculpted?

Doug

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sandman 10-04-2018 10:34 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Doug Sams
Good stuff!

Did you turn the inner ball? (How?) Or is that hand sculpted?

Doug

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I shaped it separately and glued it on.

The entire cone was made with blue foam then fiberglass/epoxy.

GlenP 10-04-2018 01:39 PM

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I found your CAD drawing in an old thread of that build and scaled down to make measurements for a cardstock 18mm powered version. Main body is 24mm with 13mm tanks. Shown here next to a MR for scale, and a couple of other cardstock builds. Thanks for sharing that, the instructions had a good top view, but your side view really showed the window well.

UMRS 10-08-2018 08:01 AM

Like the Aquarius we have one we fly a lot. Nice kit


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