November 27, 2016

Estes Tandem-X Rocket Launch Set Review

For aspiring rocket scientists and astronauts, the Estes 1469 Tandem-X Launch Set is a good way to start learning about launching model rockets.

This rocket set comes with two high performance model rockets, and will surely please an experienced rocketeer just as it would a novice one.

Estes Tandem-X Rocket Launch Set Review
Read on to know more about this fun rocket set!


Key Features of the Estes 1469 Tandem-X Launch Set

  • 2 rocket kits: the bigger, 3-foot tall Amazon, and the 15-inch Crossfire ISX2 
  • plastic parachutes to prevent your rockets from plunging to their demise
  • a launch pad
  • a simple to use push-button launch controller.

Also included are instructions to assemble and operate your rockets. However, you have to purchase your own Estes engines to launch these rockets into the sky.

The Amazon is compatible with B4-2, B4-4, B6-2, C6-3 and C6-5 engines, whereas the Crossfire can work well with Estes A8-3, B4-4, B6-4, C6-5, and C6-7 engines.

Is the Estes 1469 Tandem-X Launch Set Worth Buying?

Both these rockets are Estes E2X grade devices, which mean that they are easy enough for beginners to assemble and operate. However, their power is nothing to laugh about and can possibly impress even expert NASA engineers.

For starters, the Amazon can blast-off up to a height of 180 meters with a standard Estes engine, whereas the Crossfire, being lightweight, can reach a very impressive altitude of over 330 meters before returning back to earth. They work well with the recommended Estes engines, and are also consistent in their launches and trajectories.

Being E2X crafts, both rockets in this Estes 1469 Tandem-X Launch Set can be assembled with ease in less than a couple of hours. All you need to put them together are some glue, and maybe paint and sandpaper to customize your mini aircraft. Although both are easy to put together, the Crossfire requires slightly more attention and skill, so it’s a better idea to assemble the Amazon first. The instruction guide included in the set has enough illustration to guide you through the whole assembly; even a nine-year old will find it fun and easy to handle.

In a nutshell, the Estes 1469 Tandem-X Launch Set is a great rocket kit for beginners and veterans alike. Both rockets are not only easy to put together, but they look good, have good build qualities, and can conquer the skies just like other rockets in the market.

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