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Old 01-20-2016, 08:45 PM
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Default New Estes Little Joe II--what's inside!

I got back from Kokomo today and my LJII was waiting for me.

The kit's box is beautiful! The box is taped and not shrink-wrapped. The contents are absolutely premium! The only vacu-formed piece is the corrugated body wrap. The fins are molded styrene (thank God!)

Besides the assembly instructions is a complete LJII historical brochure with Centuri's original logo, price, address, and copyright date of 1968.

I haven't opened the packet yet, but it's POSSIBLE that the parachute is the red/white scale Apollo "long stripe" pattern.
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...and the rest.
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Old 01-20-2016, 08:52 PM
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Very nice! Can't wait for mine to get here. Tracking says tomorrow.
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Old 01-20-2016, 08:56 PM
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Nice! Will have to order me one!
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Old 01-20-2016, 09:00 PM
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Thank you for the unboxing!

With all that heavy plastic, I can understand why a E30 was recommended.
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Old 01-20-2016, 09:41 PM
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Very nice! Just put in my order with AC Supply during lunch today. Website says "In Stock", unless it's lagging behind actual inventory because you guys cleaned 'em all out! Ordered 2, of course: one for a practice "boilerplate" run, and one to build the right way, for show.

I remember very clearly that my first Centuri catalog (1977 #1, I'm thinking) had a blow-out sale for the remaining 1/45 LJII kits. At the time, I wasn't interested in such a gnarly, aesthetically unpleasing rocket (plus, a lot of my meager rocket budget had to go for ENGINES), so I passed on the opportunity to get the original kit at an insanely low closeout price. Later coulda sold one or a dozen of 'em for a pretty penny on eBay. But my 11-year-old brain was not up to foreseeing eBay and the Internet back then!

Anyway, my Inner Geek has matured a great deal since then, and now I'm pretty excited about this kit.
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Oh, and I like the clever "Photo by Jeffy Jeep" marker.

Web photo pirates beware of the Thrifty Man's Watermark!!
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After recently constructing and attaching the 8 fins on the Estes Saturn 1B, this one is going to be a real pleasure!
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After recently constructing and attaching the 8 fins on the Estes Saturn 1B, this one is going to be a real pleasure!


Come on LeeR, how about trying to construct the eight fins to the Estes (or SEMROC) 1/70 scale Saturn 1-B? The 1/100 scale version IS a breeze.......
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Old 01-20-2016, 11:43 PM
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Dave,

I actually plan to build my Semroc 1/70 Saturn 1B this year. Are you telling me it may not be an absolute delight?

Now, the next big challenge will be redoing the fins on an old Estes Maxi Honest John. I tore the originals off in disgust in my "younger days". (It's gotta be about 20 years ago...)

I think I'll do built-up basswood and card stock this time. I have access to a laser so I may not have to hand cut the frame pieces.
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