Estes Tandem-X Flying Model Rocket Launch Set
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- The Amazon is quick and easy to assemble, this huge rocket, standing 30in tall, can reach heights over 650 feet with recovery on a colorful 18 inch preassembled parachute
- The Crossfire can easily be built in about a day and features a totally streamlined shape with aerodynamic fins and nose cone. This bullet can reach cloud busting heights up to 1,200 feet
- Estes model rocketry is recommended for ages 10 and up with adult supervision for those under 12. Recommended Engines: A8-3 (First Flight), B4-4, B6-4, C6-5, C6-7
- Tools, construction and finishing supplies sold separately. In order to launch, model rocket engines, starters and recovery wadding are required - sold separately
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From the manufacturer
- Towers almost 3' high
- Quick and easy to build
- Tiger-striped body tube
- Pre-colored plastic nose cone and fins
- Self-stick decals
- Can reach heights over 650'
- Recovery on a colorful 18" preassembled parachute
Estes Tandem- Flying Model Rocket Launch Set
About the Product:
The Tandem-X Launch Set offers Xtra value with two rockets. The Crossfire ISX is a Skill Level 1 rocket that streaks over 1,200 feet into the sky. The E2X Amazon is just short of 3 foot long and flies over 600 feet.The Tandem-X Launch Set includes a launch pad and launch controller.
Both kits are very easy to build. The Crossfire's laser cut fins are the last word in precision. Amazon's got plastic fins that always go on straight. No painting is required for the Amazon, thanks to the vibrant decal set. Crossfire's got cool decals, too.
Estes Tandem-X Launch Set:
Launch in tandem for an exciting model rocket experience
- Skill Level 1 kit
- Can easily be built in about a day
- Totally streamlined shape with aerodynamic fins and nose cone
- Stands 15.6" tall
- Can reach cloud busting heights up to 1,200"
- Preassembled 12" parachute returns the Crossfire back to earth
- Launch again and again
- Includes launch system for launching both rockets
- •Requires 4 AA batteries (not included)
Estes, tandem x launch set, pair of high performance rockets, Amazon towers almost 3' high, easy to assemble, Tiger striped body tube, pre-colored plastic nose cone & fins & self stick decals make building this rocket easy to do in about an hour, when flown on standard engines, this rocket can reach heights over 650' with recovery on a 18" preassembled parachute, the crossfire 6 rocket kit that can be built in about a day, features a streamlined shape with aerodynamic fins & nose cone, rocket length is 15,6", when launched with standard engines, crossfire can reach heights up to 1,200', preassembled 12" parachute is included, launch system includes astron II launch controller & astron II launch pad.
Blast model rockets to amazing heights with the Estes Tandem-X Launch Set. An ideal introduction to rocket building, this set contains two rocket kits: the Amazon and the Crossfire ISX. It also comes with a launch pad for easy launching, plus two plastic parachutes that ensure a gentle descent to the ground. Whether you're a new rocketeer or a seasoned veteran of the skies, the Tandem-X is sure to deliver plenty of high-altitude thrills.
Blast Off to Extreme Heights
With two rocket kits, the Tandem-X Launch Set offers two unique launching experiences. The aptly-named Amazon is the bigger of the two rockets: it towers at almost three feet tall and features a fearsome tiger-stripe decal. When flown with a standard Estes engine, the Amazon can soar to heights of 600 feet.
The Crossfire is a smaller craft, standing just a little over 15 inches tall. In spite of its size, this little rocket can blast off to seriously impressive altitudes. Thanks to its aerodynamic fins and nose cone, the Crossfire can reach cloud-bursting heights of 1,150 feet. Both rockets are outfitted with colorful, preassembled parachutes, which ensure they can float gently back to Earth for another flight.
An Introduction to Rocket Building
The Tandem-X Launch offers just the right amount of challenge for novice rocket builders. The Amazon is an E2X (easy-to-assemble) rocket, and requires no paint or special tools for assembly. It can be built in less than an hour: simply glue the plastic fins to the tube, install the engine, and attach the parachute. Finish the rocket off with a few self-stick decals, and you're ready to launch.
Once builders have mastered the basics, they can move on to the more advanced Skill Level 1 Crossfire. With its plastic nose cone and laser-cut balsa fins, the Crossfire requires a little more finesse. Assembling the rocket can take an entire afternoon, but it's a rewarding and educational process. Builders will learn several beginner-level rocket techniques, such as painting and sanding. Estes has also included an illustrated, step-by-step instruction guide to help keep the assembly fun, smooth, and frustration-free.
In addition to the thrills it provides, the Tandem-X also has significant educational value. The set transforms kids into amateur rocket scientists, encouraging them to think about how the rockets work. Rocket building teaches kids the basics of propulsion, flight, and aerodynamics, and can help foster an early interest in science and engineering. Even failed launches can turn into a learning experience.
Requires an Estes Engine
Both rockets require a specialized Estes engine to launch. For the Amazon, Estes recommends a B4-2 engine for your first flight. The rocket is also compatible with other Estes engines, including the B4-4, B6-2, B6-4, C6-3, and C6-5. For the Crossfire, Estes recommends the A8-3 for first flight, and the B4-4, B6-4, C6-5, and C6-7 for more advanced launching.
What's in the Box
Estes 1469 Tandem-X Launch Set with Amazon rocket kit, Crossfire ISX rocket kit, two plastic parachutes, launch pad, and push-button launch controller.
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Being someone who is completely inept at building things, I was able to build these rockets with very little difficulty. The launcher was very easy to set up and use, and after giving my boys a little instruction, they were able to launch them with me standing off in the distance. Of course they had a blast watching these 2 launch but even more fun chasing them down through a corn field once the parachutes deployed. As advertised, the "Crossfire" goes quite higher than the "Amazon".
After 9 launches of these 2 rockets and 3 other ones that I purchased at the same time, the boys were ready to go kite flying, but they are still well worth the money. Plus it's a great way for dads to spend time with their kids while building them and finally launching them into orbit!
UPDATE: After reading several of the negative reviews (which have nothing to do with the product itself), I thought I'd better add that YOU WILL NEED TO BUY ENGINES AND IGNITERS for these rockets. Also, if you want them to look like the ones photographed, you will need paint as well. Even though the product description seems self explanatory online, I understand that some smartphones aren't picking up this product description. All that said, still well worth the money even with the extras (which you can also pick up on Amazon for a fraction of the store cost).
The stand and ignition are virtually the same as they were 20 years ago. The "key" for the ignitor may be the only difference: it comes pre-loaded with a rubber cushion of sorts requiring you to REALLY push down on the key in order for the ignition light to come on. Removing the rubber cushion makes using the key a lot easier, though the contacts are still suffer from poor tolerances. In all, it's not terrible.
I had forgotten how complicated the rocket assembly was. The black rocket is easily constructed in less than one hour provided you have the proper plastic cement (you MUST have the proper plastic cement). The smaller rocket is, however, a considerably longer endeavor. It requires at least five gluing steps that will take 5 minutes of activity and 3+ hours of drying/curing. As an adult, I'm not sure I had quite the patience of my youth for this such endeavor. Then, unless you want to use a rocket with plain wood and cardboard, it also requires painting. So much for my expectation that this was going to be an "all in one" kit. You can't even *assemble* ONE rocket without buying some additional materials (i.e., plastic cement).
In all, I needed to purchase the following additional items to complete this kit:
- plastic cement (not super glue!)
- wood glue
- red spray paint
- white spray paint
- a package of wadding
- rocket engines of various sizes
Fast forward 6 weeks. During the summer vacation, my son felt ready to try to build one himself. Less than two hours later he had the bigger black rocket completed and ready to launch. The difference is that the bigger rocket consists of just a few plastic pieces that are simple to glue together and they fit nicely and intuitively. Even the engine mount is simple and easy to operate. He had a great time building it and was proud to have done it himself. We went to fire it and it flew and work well. Again, the difference between the engines is surprisingly big. The smaller A engine was barely able to lift the larger rocket. The B engine worked well, but, of course, we had to try the larger C engine. Same result as the first rocket. Great flight but it went so high and came down so slow that we never recovered it (even a very light wind will carry it far!)
So, the headline is also the bottomline. The little rocket is great if you really enjoy the building process itself and the intricate work. The larger is great if you want to fire rockets. My son actually build a second of the larger rockets and did it, by himself, in less than 45 minutes the second time around.
As this is a beginner kit, the box they came in could have worked better as a kit holder for when it was time to go launch.