Shuttle XPress E2X Rocket Kit
Clip on your NASA insignia before this launch it's your opportunity to send a very shuttle-like rocket into "space!" In fact, this rocket is so cool it's available as a launch set, and as a stand-alone rocket. Designed to look like a NASA space shuttle, this white-and-blue rocket is 17.7" long and carries two fighter shuttles on its sides. As it reaches apogee at approximately 600 ft., the two fighter shuttles are released and glide back to earth. The main rocket features a parachute recovery. As an E2X model, this one requires little assembly and will be showroom ready in 1-2 hrs. No paint is needed, but you will need some plastic cement or carpenter's glue. Recommended engines: B4-2 (first flight), B4-4, B6-2, C6-3 and C6-5. Launch set also includes launch pad and controller. AA batteries are necessary (but not included) for controller.
These kits are easy to assemble, with plastic fins and nose cones, decals, and an easy-to-attach recovery system. No special tools necessary, just glue the parts together, decorate, dry and go.
5...4...3...2...1...0...LIFTOFF!!! Bring the excitement of Cape Canaveral to your own backyard with these fun and exciting rockets from Estes. Estes leads the world in model rocketry, combining the art of model-building with the thrill of liftoff. I have built several rockets, including the Supershot Starter Set, and though science didn't strike my fancy, rocketry did. The directions for assembly and liftoff were easy to follow; even though I had never previously dabbled in rocketry, I was able to build my rockets with little help, and soon proudly displayed my finished rocket, launcher, and launching pad. With the whole neighborhood looking on, I prepared for launch. Stepping back the required distance, everyone began the countdown. At blast-off, the rocket was engaged, soared up into the sky, and shrunk to a tiny dot we could hardly see. After apogee (the highest point in a rocket's flight), the parachute popped out, and the rocket floated gently down to our awaiting hands (we always try to catch them on their way down). Wow, I thought, everything went perfectly. Of course, everyone wanted to see it again. No problem. I just needed to replace the engine (maybe a bigger one this time), more recovery wadding, etc., and it was ready to launch again. Rocket kits are recommended for ages 10 and up, with adult supervision for children under 12.