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Old 01-22-2007, 08:21 AM
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Hmmm, then I would have to guess it will be coming from Hawks Hobby.


I was thinking Estes, but it makes sense if someone else like Hawks is already ordering parts from Semroc. Nothing against Hawks, I'm sure they'll do a fine job, but it will probably be out of the price range I was hoping for. Their other upscales seem a bit pricey.
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Old 01-22-2007, 11:41 AM
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I'd like to suggest the Enerjet Athena as an SLS kit.
The wraps may be difficult, but as long as you can reproduce the Centuri S1B wraps, they are the same.
The decals would not be super easy either, but I do know the "United States" decal is the same as the Nike-Smoke decal....all of the other decals are pretty "Generic" other than the "Athena" logo on the payload section. The Enerjet Athena logo uses the EXACT same font as the much later and highly-boring Estes Athena 3FNC rocket.

The Enerjet Nike-Smoke with "working smoker" would also make a GREAT SLS kit also....just dont reccommend any engine larger than about an Estes BP E9-x engine.
I imagine very few original Enerjet Nike's were recovered if they were flown on the F67 back in the day.
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Old 01-22-2007, 12:00 PM
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Hmmm, then I would have to guess it will be coming from Hawks Hobby.

Or possibly QModeling?
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Old 01-22-2007, 12:09 PM
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As far as SLS kits go I wouldn't mind seeing:

Centuri Jayhawk with 24/29mm motor mount
Centuri Orion with 13/18mm motors in the pods with a central 24mm
Centuri Space Shuttle with 24/29mm motor mount
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Old 01-22-2007, 12:34 PM
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Or possibly QModeling?


Maybe I'm being unrealistic about pricing, but I think they may fall into the same category as Hawks. Since those companies are outsourcing for most of the parts, there is no way they can kit it as cheap as Semroc could. Granted they are top quality parts, beefed up contruction, nylon chutes, etc. I just don't think I would pay 100 dollars+ for a kit that I could scratch build for half the cost. A simple design like the bullpup is $65 so I can imagine what an OT would cost. I guess I'm too used to LPR pricing, or just plain frugal.
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Old 01-22-2007, 01:24 PM
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I hope when Carl gets to the larger engines he considers releasing the SLS Long Tom. Currently I'll have to fly it with electronics due to the engines available. It's a ****ed impressive looking two stager though!

Bill and I have both built SLS Vector-V's and that would be a nice candidate as well.

I have a 250% Scram-jet upscale that flies nice on F's, but Carl has mentioned he'd like to stick with 175% for SLS kits (since he already has the tubes needed for most SLS conversions). I wouldn't mind making another Scram-jet upscale though.

The Astron Beta was mentioned in the thread for other retro-repros, but I've seen an upscale Beta and it makes a really nice conversion.

I've built BT-60 Screamers and Mosquitoes and they're really nice fliers.

I'm working on a BT-60 Gyroc if anyone is interested in that. I've seen one fly before and it was pretty cool.


I'd be interested in all of them, especially the Scram Jet and Vector V.
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Semroc SLS-Bull-Pup
The qmodeling kit is really nice but a bit bigger than I personally like.
something in "the middle" would be very cool.
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Old 01-22-2007, 05:21 PM
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Semroc SLS-Bull-Pup
The qmodeling kit is really nice but a bit bigger than I personally like.
something in "the middle" would be very cool.

I just finished my first QModeling kit - the Bullpup. While I love the Estes design for some reason and plan to build a high power 3X upscale someday, I wonder if there is enough of a market for something in-between the original and the QModeling version.

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Old 01-22-2007, 05:36 PM
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I don't know. maybe you are right...but I guess then maybe instead of an SLS kit, maybe just a regular kit but made by Semroc.
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I have to agree with the Enerjet Athena as an SLS choice. That would be my #1 choice. And an SLS version of the Centuri Orion. I wonder if a production model would work well with cardboard wraps similar to the ones Bob Thomas made, instead of having to do vacuum form those parts?

Both with 29mm main mounts with 24mm adapters like the AeroDart, Explorer ect.

I always wanted the Centuri Space Shuttle and never owned one. I've wanted one when Mike Jerauld with Blast From The Past had parts kits for sale but as usual I procrastinated and missed out. I'd buy an SLS version of that one too!

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