Friday, May 12, 2017
The Mysterious Estes Bomarc and Firefly Part 2
Here's a hand drawn, die-cut balsa sheet from the Estes Mini Bomarc kit.
The sheet is marked BF-TK-5
I did have a Mini Bomarc and thought the Firefly looked familiar. The Bomarc "runway" tunnel was now the central boom on the Firefly glider.
The F1 rudder piece was flipped so the runway notch was to the rear.
This may have been the first time that Estes used the same die-cut fins on two different kits.
The Vashon X-13 was similar in design, heck it might have been designed using the Bomarc lines. But, Vashon was producing their X-13 before Damon bought Vashon and brought it into the Estes catalog.
The X-13 had a two piece glued wing. The Firefly had you score and crack the balsa to make a dihedral angle.
To see the X-13 instructions: CLICK HERE