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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
- 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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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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Top customer reviews
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).
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.
We took these two rockets to the park and launched six times without any mishap. The launcher and launch system worked great, and the rockets were recovered safely each time. We only tried A and B engines, but plan to try some Cs next time.
1. No assembly required for the rockets-- just attach the recovery 'chute and insert a rocket engine.
2. Launch pad was easy to assemble (5 minutes)
3. The launch ignition system worked flawlessly
4. All instructions were easy to read and follow
5. Lots of fun!
Advice: start with the A8-3 engines. The rocket will only ascend about 400 feet, and will be easy to see and recover. We then tried B4-4 engines, and the rocket seemed to travel twice as high.