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Old 11-12-2009, 01:35 PM
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Ram Jet ?
Am I mistaken on this one ?
I thought that was the ugly thing that was just a tube and fins with an ugly reduced-diameter ramjet cone.
Was there some sort of fantasy/sci-fi RamJet I missed ?
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Old 11-12-2009, 02:16 PM
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I'd agree with everyone's selections thus far --- the OT, Mars Lander, Mars Snooper, etc. are all "iconic" exotics, but I'd add the following:

Starship Excalibur (Estes Plan #55)
Stratos (Estes Plan #77)
Saturnian (Estes Plan #39)
Nimbus (Estes Plan #81)
Ganymede 274 (Estes Plan #59)
Black Knight (Estes Plan #71)
Argus II (Estes Plan #84)
Intruder (Estes Plan #82b)
Orbital Transport Laboratory (Estes Plan #73)
Space Shuttle JPZ-3 (Estes Plan #76)
Top Secret (Estes Plan #78)
Commuter (Estes Plan #31)

...Amongst others found in the pages of MRN.

Building these was just as much fun as the Estes-supplied kits. I'm rebuilding all of them again, these days, and will be upscaling a few, because they're just such cool designs.
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Old 11-12-2009, 05:41 PM
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my list and it could change as far as order: 1.andromeda 2.gyroc 3.mars lander 4.orbital transport 5.trident 6.uss atlantis sailer cassiopeia lab 10.super vega 11.mars sooper
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Old 11-12-2009, 08:00 PM
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I like all vintage Estes..................
Manta Bomber
Mars Lander
Orbital Transporter
Space Shuttle
Scissor Wing
Strike Fighter
Oh heck the list is to long........Long live Estes
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Old 11-12-2009, 09:14 PM
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My top ones would be:
Mars Lander
Explorer Aquarius
Mars Snooper

Other good ones are:
Strike Fighter
Venus Probe
Manta Bomber
Starship Vega
Star Rider
Geo Sat LV
Satellite Drone
SDI Satellite
Alien Explorer
Solar Sailor
Star Speeder
Starship Excalibur
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Old 11-12-2009, 09:14 PM
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I'd add the #1383 Hyperion to that list, as well as the good old K-33 Trident, the K-32 Starlight and the 1371 Star Ship Nova.

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Old 11-12-2009, 09:42 PM
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Thanks to everyone who quickly offered their favorite exotic or exotica kits. I was pleased with the amount of responses in such a short time. From a quick and dirty tabulation of inputs, here is a Top 20 list that most forum members can support. The number relates to frequency in postings. To be honest, I added a vote for the USS Atlantis to round out the Top 20.

Interestingly, no one mentioned the World Federation Star Probe and the combination Orion Starfighter / Torellian Invader kit. Why is that? Is their lack of attention due to kit rarity or some other reason?

Mars Lander 7
Interceptor 6
Mars Snooper II 6
Orbital Transport 5
Trident 5
Andromeda 5
Strike Fighter 4
Manta Bomber 4
Scorpius 3
SS Cassiopeia 3
Scissor Wing 3
Solar Sailer 3
Explorer Aquarius 2
Corsair 2
Starship Vega 2
Starship Nova 2
Star Speeder 2
Starlight 2
Alien Explorer 2
USS Atlantis 2

Comments on the list? Wouldn't be nice to build a set of the Top 20 Estes Exotic kits as defined by YORF....
Estes kit pricing history and individual kit descriptions at At least a work in progress....
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Old 11-12-2009, 09:56 PM
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Wow, my favorites!!

USS Andromeda
Xarconian Destroyer
Black Hole Space Probe (If not listed as exotic,it should be!! )
USS Atlantis
Solar Sailor
Starship Nova
Manta Bomber
Star Speeder
Alien Explorer
SS Cassiopiea
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Old 11-12-2009, 10:02 PM
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These are my favorite.

I can't think of what order to put them in.

OK, the Der Red Max, Constelation and Goblin don't belong in that pic.

The orange one is my design.
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Old 11-12-2009, 11:23 PM
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The Andromeda would take all top 20 positions for me. My absolute favorite model.
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