Estes Outlander has landed

I saw one on the peg at Hobby People.
Check you local suppliers or you favorite online retailer.
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Fred Shecter
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did it stay there long?
(supposedly on their way to our store, but not yet)
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tater schuld
I just ordered one from Hobbylinc.com.
Matt Oresky TRA 7645 L2 Member Tripoli South Carolina About 50 miles from Orangeburg, SC !
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Matt Oresky
I was at the local HobbyTown and Hobby Lobby Saturday and both had several Outlanders. About $18/$19 each.
Karl Perry QUARK, Cincinnati, Oh
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KG8GC
So what's the scooop on this thing ... is it an almost RTF plastic concoction or a Mars Lander sort of kit? Given the price, I'm suspecting the former ....
-tw
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Tim Wilson
Read all about it:
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I seldom see balsa in "RTF plastic concoctions".
;-)
It is cheap because it is made in China. Just like the new Moon Landers (appearing in a newspaper near you in the near future).
-Fred "How 'red' would you like your 'red planet' to be?" Shecter NAR 20117
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Fred Shecter
The only plastic (and it IS pretty large) is the piece that is used to make 1) the 'engine bell', 2) the 'ascent module' (the big cone-shaped portion) and 3) the actual 'nose cone' (the very top inch of the ascent module). You are expected to be able to use a razor saw and small circular file for these pieces, so it's not RTF.
The 'body tube' area is two pieces of BT-60, the 'cylinders' that you see on the side are body tube pieces, with die-cut caps. The 'legs' appear to be absolutely identical to Mars Lander legs, with a (IMHO) slightly better design for the 'springiness', in the sense that you CAN fix them if the elastic breaks. As mentioned, I believe the legs to be absolutely identical, and I don't think it would take too terribly much work to make one of these into a 'Mars Lander' (i.e., the engine/leg assembly could be used intact, with outer shrouds.
Estes lists it as a skill level 3, and it is a 12-page instruction sheet.
David Erbas-White
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David Erbas-White
And as a side note, somebody might be able to 'market' a 'conversion kit' ...
David Erbas-White
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David Erbas-White

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