Thursday, January 19, 2017

Estes Solar Warrior (#3225) Builds, Comparison

I had a few blog followers ask to show the two Solar Warrior builds side-by-side.
I like the looks of the metallic red Solar Warrior a bit more.
The top of the other rocket on the right is actually purple. My camera photographed it as blue.

Look above the launch lug on the red model. I usually start wrap around decals in line with the launch lug. The wrap around decal was slightly longer than the circumference of the body tube. The spacing of the downward facing "nubs" is closer where the decal ends meet.

TIP: Start a wrap-around decal at the launch lug line and any incorrect spacing won't be noticed when a picture is taken on the launcher.
That wrap around decal is actually centered above the launch lug. The model is slightly turned out to the left.


  1. I think I like the red better as well, although they both look great. Metallics work so well on this design. I did Rusto blue metallic and it came out spectacular.

    1. Hi Neil,
      I was also going to use a metallic blue but didn't have any handy.
      I really like the Rusto metallics. They have a very fine sheen. Just be careful with masking. Don't set tape OVER the metallic finishes for another color on top. The tape can pull up the metallic paint. The Rusto Metallics don't adhere as well as other spray paints.