Estes Flying Model Rocket Kit Boxed Space Corps DARC-1 EST 7307
The Deep Atmosphere Research Craft is a one of a kind scientific vessel developed by Space Corps Science Division. It’s aero surfaces and resistant alloys allow the DARC-1 to navigate a dense, unforgiving atmosphere for extended research missions. Enjoy this Estes model to capture a future of exploration for yourself.
The Deep Atmosphere Research Craft is a one-of-a-kind scientific vessel developed by Space Corps Science Division to explore the gas giants of the outer solar system. Designated DARC-1, this multi-section crewed vessel is designed for entry and maneuver within the thick atmospheres of a Jupiter-type gaseous planet for study and exploration. The lifting body characteristics of the DARC-1 are ideal for atmospheric flight in dense gases and for maintaining station under turbulent conditions. At the conclusion of its research mission, the DARC-1 initiates return by igniting and subsequently discarding its aft booster section to break atmosphere and set a trajectory for its journey home. The DARC-1 first became operational in 2052 and successfully surveyed the atmospheres of Jupiter, Saturn, and several of their large moons before it was claimed in a tragic accident over Titan. The DARC-1 flying model rocket from Estes Industries is an expert build, being the most challenging build in the Space Corps fleet! Build each rocket in the Space Corps line to build up your skills or enjoy this model as a test of your building skills.
Skill Level 4 Expert
Conformed Plastic Nose Cone
Screw on Motor Retainer
12 in. (30.1 cm) Parachute Recovery
Length 9.3 in. (23.6 cm)
Wingspan 6.9 in. (17.5 cm)
Diameter 0.74 in. (19 mm)
Estimated Weight 2.6 oz. (73.7 g)
Estimated Assembly Time 6-8 Hours (painting and glue drying time not included) Download Instructions
Laser Cut Wood Fins
1/8" Launch Lug
Recommended Engines B6-2, C5-3, C6-3
Projected Max Altitude 400 ft. (122 m)
Model Rocket Kits are rated by Skill Level
If you are just starting in the hobby start at the beginner level and move up from there at your own pace.
What is needed to build and fly
All model rockets come in kit form that require assembly. The materials are primarily cardboard tubes, balsa or plastic fins and nose cone. Materials will vary by model and are typically specified in the description of each kit.
Additional supplies will be necessary to build and finish your model rocket kit and may include:
Scissors, Hobby Knife
Wood Glue, Model Cement or CA(Super Glue)
Finishing Supplies like:
Launching Equipment and Supplies like:
Model Rocket Motors and Igniters
A safe place to fly using guidelines from the National Association of Rocketry Safety Code
I am pretty skilled at building having built around 150 kits over the years. DARC-1 is moderately challenging but an enjoyable build. The cut-outs of the plastic nose cone requires some skill and installing the launch lug in particular takes some careful fitting before gluing it in. I enjoyed the kit. Probably about 4 hours including finishing. I tend to use a blow dryer or heat gun to speed up glue drying so I can keep going without long pauses for glue to dry. It flew better than I expected for such a stubby rocket. I recommend it for an experienced builder.