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Estes Industries is a company specialized in the build and design of manufacturing of rocket miniatures for the private sector. Founded in 1958 by Vernon Estes, the Penrose, Colorado, US based company served a community that revels in launching operational model rocket miniatures. The company has managed to survive the severe decline of the interest in the hobby in the 1990s by takeovers of competitors and being taken over by holding companies and as of 2011 is still in existence.

Star Trek association

Estes Industries 1975 USS Enterprise hld by Vernon Estes

Estes holding his Enterprise model, ca. 1975.

In 1975 Estes became the second US-based company, after AMT, licensed to market model kits in the USA, albeit adjusted to the company's prerogative, i.e. as a rocket model (strictly spoken, Aurora Plastics Corporation was the second licensed company, but they were only licensed to serve non-US markets). The models chosen were those of the USS Enterprise and the Template:ShipClass. Originally packaged in a polypropylene bag with a carton board, both models were re-packaged in in 1991 in hardboard boxes for Star Trek's 25th Anniversary.

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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