>>I get more disheartened and disapointed by the day, about Estes Industries.
>Last night I
>>picked up a copy of the latest Fine Scale Modeler magazine. Caught this ad
>for Die Cast
>>model car dioramas. This was a garage scene. Not my cup 'o tea, so I
>skipped on past the
>>page, except a word in the fine print caught my eye. Looked down at the
>bottom of the page
>>and there was....
>> "Estes Industries, Penrose, CO. (c) 1999 Centuri Corporation".
>I saw that ad too Buzz. Truly odd. They appear to be continuing to
>diversify. It would be great if someone from Estes could tell us about
>their future plans with regard to their rocketry lines. I would not like to
>see real rockets disappear from the shelves. At least there are a number of
>great mail-order model rocket firms. Too bad about Boyce... Is there
>anyone at Estes to posts to RMR? There wasn't a couple of years ago when I
And on a high note........
Saw in the latest issue of "Star Wars Collector" magazine (I think that's what
it's called......no articles, just ads for Star Wars memorabilia), there was an
announcement and photo of a new Star Wars Estes kit, from the new film "Phantom
Menace". It was a model of the Naboo fighter.
If anyone has been keeping up with the info coming out about the film, it's the
yellow, twin-forward-pod-with-a-l o n g-trailing-boom-type fighter. From the
photo, it looks to be another SW RTF, similar to the Y-Wing, which I just saw
recently at my local hobby shop.
From what I understand from what I've read about the movie, this fighter is
more of a ceremonial type than anything that is effective at actual fighting,
therefore, unlike a lot of the SW ships, it's got a factory-fresh finish on it.
Nice design, but I'd be willing to bet (even though they weren't shown) that
it's gonna need some serious add-on or clear fins. The only thing finlike on
it is all the way up front, with nothing but a long trailing, tapering to a
point boom at the back end. As a model rocket, it would be more stable by
putting the motor in the front and flying it backwards.
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