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Old 04-05-2021, 10:37 AM
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Default A $500 model rocket kit: the Argo D4 Javelin from North Coast Rocketry

Curious what a $500 scale model rocket kit looks like? Here's an unboxing video featuring the new Argo D4 Javelin from North Coast Rocketry.

https://youtu.be/gLXipSxoaTY
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Old 04-05-2021, 11:09 AM
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Thanks for posting this. This is obviously a well thought out kit for a targeted buyer. I found your comment on the accessory bag regulatory requirement interesting/funny! What’s with that? This is out of my price range, but I would have had a harder time not considering it if it had been a different sounding rocket, namely the Astrobee 1500. I just find that particular one a more interestingly odd design. I have the Saturn Press version.

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Old 04-05-2021, 12:13 PM
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I think Matt talked about selling a smaller version of this rocket kit at a cheaper price during the manufacture forum at the vNARCON.
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Old 04-05-2021, 12:20 PM
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I think Matt talked about selling a smaller version of this rocket kit at a cheaper price....


Go to the 15:47 point of the video.
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Old 04-05-2021, 01:26 PM
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I have nothing against the kit. It looks great and I'd love to have one. However, I think I'd spend my $500 on a 3D printer before I'd spend that much on the kit.
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Old 04-05-2021, 01:50 PM
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I have nothing against the kit. It looks great and I'd love to have one. However, I think I'd spend my $500 on a 3D printer before I'd spend that much on the kit.


You could certainly do that and end up with a very nice model, but the parts from a $500 printer would look nothing like the SLA parts included in this kit.

There's a huge gulf in quality between laser/resin SLA parts and parts extruded from weed wacker filament.

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Old 04-05-2021, 01:58 PM
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You could certainly do that and end up with very nice model, but the parts from a $500 printer would look nothing like the SLA parts included in this kit.

There's a huge gulf in quality between laser/resin SLA parts and parts extruded from weed wacker filament.

I understand that, but the weed whacker would allow me do other projects as well.
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Old 04-05-2021, 05:31 PM
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I WANT ONE!!!

Heck, I can even afford it if I want to... My main reservation is that my build pile is already huge, and keep telling myself I'm not going to buy any more kits to build until I get some more of the existing pile handled (granted, this one looks like it would be a rapid build unless I decide to make it multi-stage).

But I worry if it's a limited edition - if I wait too long it might be too late
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Old 04-05-2021, 05:34 PM
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Compared to what some guy's spend on Hi-Power rockets and components, this is a drop in the bucket. But then it's always the ones with the deep pockets that have the shortest arms.
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Old 04-05-2021, 10:43 PM
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I am part of a brotherhood with Matt, James, and Mike. I have some of Mike's Galactic Manufacturing parts for the Estes Doorknobs. I was a friend of the late John Pursley also. The GM parts are on par or better than the Accur8 parts. John made parts for the DARS build of Apollo 7 models and did require some rework. As James pointed out, these Javelin parts would require very little work passed priming and painting.
It is not a kit for everyone, but if you want a great scale model, this might be it. I still have an Apogee Saturn V in the pile. Used some of the Apogee Saturn IB kit parts for a Pod Bay Doors competition entry.

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