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Old 06-04-2018, 01:16 AM
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Default 3X Mars Lander High Power Kit

A couple years ago I bought a 3x Mars Lander kit created by Ben Awes (who formed "Colossus" rocketry to market the kit). Limited edition (30 kits IIRC), sold through Etsy. The kit was, IMHO, very well engineered and a well done kit. The instructions were a bit skimpy, but it included a full scale blueprint - between the instructions and blueprint it was clear enough and I produced a very nice model. It took me a while to build, and even longer to work up the nerve to fly it, but I flew it last weekend at Fire in the Sky (FITS) on a J415W and it was spectacular (altitude just shy of 900 ft.)
The rocket was hugely popular with lots of people asking about it - and several people asking where they could get one.
So, long story short, I emailed Ben and asked if he has any plans to make another production run (a bit of selfish interest here - it would make it a lot easier for me to fly mine more if I knew I could replace it if/when something bad happened). So I'm trying to help Ben judge interest in making another batch.
We're talking a big rocket here - main body is 12" diameter, leg span about 48". Flight ready weight with a J415W was 21 lbs. (the kit comes with a 75mm motor mount so I used an AeroPack adapter).
If there is another production run, Ben thinks the kit will sell for between $700 and $1000 (I think I paid $700, but costs have gone up).
So, what sort of interest is there? If you think you'd be interesting in purchasing such a kit, please respond to this thread.
Thanks
Tim
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Old 06-04-2018, 12:29 PM
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How big is the shipping crate?

Will it come from Italy?

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The kit would be produced in the US. I no longer have my shipping box but I think it was roughly 1 ft. square by 2 ft. tall.
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Old 06-04-2018, 12:39 PM
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.... but I think it was roughly 1 ft. square by 2 ft. tall.

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