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Old 01-26-2021, 05:20 PM
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From my local hobby shop is news of the next Estes Designer Signature Series rocket kit. Following last year's Orange Bullet comes #7310 Antar. Should be available within the next 30 days, or sooner. MSRP is $39.99. Sorry no dimensions info yet. Assume it will be shown at the virtual NARCON 2021 manufacturer's forum later this week.
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Old 01-26-2021, 08:22 PM
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The Orange Bullet really didnít do much for me, I liked the Designer Signature Series concept and the OB is a neat little rocket but just not enough to get my money. But this is intriguing - a flying model of a G. Harry Stine concept design - now thatís something else!
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Old 01-26-2021, 08:56 PM
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here are 3 G.H.Stine designs from the early to mid 50's ....these are rocket models, ie, not model rockets.... the FAFNIR was on the cover of the GHS book " ...And A Star to Steer Her By..." circa 1953...GHS handmade this model 4 to 5 years before model rocketry existed....the exhaust is cotton balls . This are just models, not flying model rockets although I'm sure they might be able to be converted. this book: https://www.amazon.com/Spaceship-Ha..../dp/097076040X has all the detailed drawings of them. GHS books also has drawings of them . The Absyrtis is in Contraband Rocket. Also check out Rocketman and Starship Thru Space. The last pic is GHS with his cat Cosmos who was a character in his book Starship Thru Space. This isn't a very good pic but if you look real closely next to the FAFNIR is a scale rocket to give you an idea how BIG the FAFNIR would have been in real life. The launchpad is depicted in a drawing of the cover of Rocketman.
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That new one looks a lot more interesting than the Orange Bullet.
Will have to grab one.
Is the 2021 catalogue out yet ?
Never understood why their yearly catalog is never out by December.
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That's a cool one. Ah, another project....

I was disappointed that the Orange Bullet, as kitted, did not actually work as originally designed. That is, it did not go unstable after ejecting the motor, but instead just depends on being light and blunt for safe (probably straight in) recovery. The fin tip weights were just simulated with lasered cardstock bits.

But this one looks good.
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Is the 2021 catalogue out yet ?
Never understood why their yearly catalog is never out by December.


I can answer that question about the catalogs. Coming out with a new catalog in December with new products could be a deterrent to selling items already on the shelves for the holiday season sales, and after season sales. That is standard practice of pretty much all hobby (and toy) manufacturers. Also, the catalogs are timed with what usually is either the first hobby show (or toy show of the year), which is generally around Feb. 1.
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The Orange Bullet really didnít do much for me, I liked the Designer Signature Series concept and the OB is a neat little rocket but just not enough to get my money.


Iíve been kind of on a nostalgia kick this past year. I saw the Orange Bullet, remembered it from the old Estes plans, and built one. But, it left me wanting for more.

I had a rocket that suffered a CATO and I just felt the need to rebuild. Once completed, I shot some wild metallic orange on it, and suddenly, BOBís your uncle ó its the Big Orange Bullet. It bears little resemblance to the original, but it is orange. Notice how the repairs to the fin area swell, giving it that necked-down cartidge look. (Not by design, the tube area between fins was a bit tricky and added some girth.)
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From my local hobby shop is news of the next Estes Designer Signature Series rocket kit. Following last year's Orange Bullet comes #7310 Antar. Should be available within the next 30 days, or sooner. MSRP is $39.99. Sorry no dimensions info yet. Assume it will be shown at the virtual NARCON 2021 manufacturer's forum later this week.


this model design is from the attached book in 1956
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Terry, great stuff! Thanks so much for posting the pics.

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