Sunday, August 6, 2017

Estes Starship Nova #1371, Background

Introduced in 1981, the Starship Nova was featured on the Estes catalog cover.
The kit was produced from 1981 through 1984.

One big feature on this model was the "drop-down" nose cone. That nose cone was also used in the Nova Scout design.

This face card was copied from the Jerry Fortin website: CLICK HERE

It shows the "Engine Pods" with a fluorescent red/orange interior. The new kit instructions don't mention or show the red. This blog build will have the fluorescent red interior paint.

There are some changes in the new kit. The picture to the left shows the old instructions.

There is an intake tube on the bottom of the main body tube. In the original kit a wide slot was cut in the main air frame tube. The intake was set into the slot. This put some of the intake tube directly in line with the ejection charge.

The new version has a section cut out of the intake tube and the assembly is glued on the outside of the main air frame.

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