This is a great package for beginners. The Amazon can be assembled and in the air in a couple of hours (if you let all the plastic cement dry). The Crossfire takes a little more work to build, but will fly out of sight.
The launch system is basic, and gets the job done. It breaks down into manageable parts for storage, and is easily assembled for launch.
The Amazon was the first rocket my son and I built and launched together. Assembly was easy and the directions straightforward. This rocket will teach you the basics of gluing and putting stickers on. No real challenges. It's a great rocket to fly. Ours lasted about a dozen launches before we our shock cord failed (remember to put in a new one once in a while) and we had a career ending crash.
The Crossfire takes a little more work assembling. You will have to do some sanding and measuring to get it all together. If you want it to look good you'll have some finishing work (priming, sanding, and painting) to do. It flies like a champ, even on the B motors. With the C motors you can have a cup of coffee before it comes back down. Make sure you're in a large open area, because even with a slight breeze the parachute can help it drift quite a ways off. (Posted on 9/17/13)
Was out w/ my kids (10 & 8) at a local hobby shop and saw the Estes model rocket display. Asked a clerk for some help and he pointed us to this set. That night we put both rockets together and watched a you tube video on launching. Found that we needed wadding to protect the chute, wish the clerk told us that tidbit. After a run to the store we were off to the field where we launched both rockets multiple times. The kids had a blast and they can't wait to bring their friends along for the next launch. Would recommend this kit to anyone just getting started. I've never been into rocketry before but I think after this weekend we're hooked. (Posted on 9/2/13)
I bought this for my daughter for her 12th birthday. With my 1970s experience and her intelligence we had the Amazon in the air in a cppl hrs. She loves rockets as much as I do/did now. We flew all afternoon and built the crossfire the next cppl nights in between running out to fly. Buy plenty of engines, this set never looses it's fun. (Posted on 8/3/13)
the tandem x launch set is fun and easy to use. the amazon builds slightly faster than the crossfire but the crossfire will fly higher. both rockets are great and they as well as the launch pad will last forever.
(Posted on 6/15/13)
I thought that I'd enjoy picking up a hobby I enjoyed as a child, so I started with this set. This one seemed to offer the best variety and value compared to the other launch sets and I wasn't disappointed. Both kits are easy enough to assemble (although I forgot how terrible I am at painting) and fly well. Don't underestimate the power of your engines! Even a B is enough to put the Crossfire almost out of sight. (Posted on 5/10/13)
This is a WHOLE KIT, I purchased it because there is no better way to show you a difference between an EZ1 skill level and a skill level 1 rocket, and provides the launch kit all in one inexpensive package. YOU WILL NEED to still purchase plastic cement and craft glues, the motors, recovery wadding, and have 4 AA batteries. (Posted on 4/7/13)