Back in the early 80's Estes released the Patrol Cruiser Excalibur (Kit #1399) as part of the "Galactic Pirates" series.
It was a great futuristic looking rocket designed by Keith Niskern, selling for $7.00 and available from 1980 to '81.
Here's the Catalog Page from 1980
I ended up scratch-building one to the same dimensions as Estes originally offered - BT60 body tube, the nose cone was the same for the Der Red Max - all easily obtainable parts. Looked neat, but I wanted bigger.... So upscale it was!
Here's the parts.... And the final result!
Click through for the build photos of the airframe
Rear Shroud Marked up, cut and placed on airframe
Body tube and rear shroud glassed
Laser cut cockpit
Each of the 4 fins (3 rear and 1 front) were glassed in a vacuum bag
Through The Wall slot marking template
Dry fit of fins
Rail Buttons Installed & Primed.