I had hoped to buy another Leviathan, one of Estes' Pro Series II mid power rockets.
I love the way this rocket looks, and I wanted to have a backup in case I either screw up the build or lose the rocket. Unfortunately, the Leviathan looks like it is now out of production. Sad, really, I think it's a pretty popular rocket, and a solid flyer.
Also, looks like one of my favorite Skill Level 1 kits - the Cosmic Explorer - may also now be out of production.
So I picked up another Ventris - also a PSII kit - and a new rocket called the Sahara.
|Estes Ventris - PSII rocket|
with payload section
The Sahara - like the Scion - is another SPEV - Spare Parts Elimination Vehicle. Scion used Leviathan parts, while the Sahara uses body parts of the Argent, with the fins of the Partizon.
|Estes Argent, left, and Partizon, right. Images from Jonrocket.com.|
Well, I received my order and did a count - I have 11 unbuilt Pro Series II rockets, plus one mostly-built Partizon, which I wasn't entirely happy with (I managed to get a fin on crooked and some saggy fin fillets).
|The built but unpainted Estes Partizon - 56 inches tall!|
I think I've held off on building these rockets for a couple of reasons. First, I had to stop building for a while in anticipation of my move to Boston.
But mainly, I think, I've been afraid to screw these rockets up. I like these larger rockets, and I didn't want to do a bad job of them.
Which is ridiculous! Mistakes happen, but at this point, I shouldn't be intimidated by building a rocket. Building smaller rockets is harder in many ways, anyway. A small flaw looks much bigger on a tiny rocket than on a large one, because it takes up comparatively more space.
Plus, I have doubles. So, it's time to start building. I'm going to go slowly, because I have a few decisions to make. But I've started the first steps on building the first two of my PSII rockets - the Ventris and the Nike Smoke.
Click here for Ventris.
Click here for Nike Smoke.
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