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Estes Industries is an American company which specializes in the design and manufacture of operational model rockets for the general public.

Founded by Vernon Estes in Penrose, Colorado in 1958, the company managed to survive the severe decline of interest in the hobby during the 1990s by acquiring its competitors and subsequently being taken over by affluent holding companies. The company is still in existence today and was sold to Hobbico, Inc. in 2010.

Estes Industries 1975 USS Enterprise hld by Vernon Estes

Estes with an Enterprise rocket model, ca. 1975

Star Trek associationEdit

In 1975, Estes became the third company after AMT and Aurora Plastics Corporation (or fourth if KSN Midori can be counted as a licensed company) to be licensed to market Star Trek model kits, and the second one to do so in the US, although their products were strictly speaking model rockets, despite requiring assembly.

Estes released models of the USS Enterprise and the Klingon D7-class Battle cruiser which were originally packaged in a polypropylene bag with a cardboard liner. In 1991, both models were re-packaged in cardboard boxes for Star Trek's 25th Anniversary. Until that point in time, Estes, together with AMT/Aurora and Midori, were the only companies that had been formally releasing Star Trek model kits. Subsequent releases were also sold in cardboard boxes.

Item Item No. Issue Scale Notes
Klingon D7 Battle Cruiser 1274 1975 1:700 Estes 1274 Klingon Battle Cruiser 1975
1991 25th Anniversary re-packaging Estes 1274 Klingon Battle Cruiser 1991
USS Enterprise 1275 1975 1:700 Estes 1275 USS Enterprise 1975
1991 25th Anniversary re-packaging Estes 1275 USS Enterprise 1991
Estes Industries 1975/1992 Publications
Estes Industries 1975 Catalog Cover Estes Industries 1975 Interior Art Estes Industries USS Enterprise model rocket launch Estes Industries 1992 Interior Art
1975 Catalog cover
ASIN B002CEQDOO
1975 Interior spread catalog
1975 Publication
1992 Interior spread catalog

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