My build of one of the bigger Estes kits: A casual-scale model Doorknob, a research rocket designed, built, and flown by Sandia National Laboratories in the late 50s.
My construction followed the standard Estes instructions caveat running the recovery line to the motor mount. I also did the markings with spray paint instead of the provided waterslide decals. I was pleased with how the faux fin brackets turned out after being built up a bit with several layers of black and then metallic silver.
This is my favorite rocket aesthetically—that classic not-quite-stubby look, visible brackets & holes, quartered paint scheme, and orange! Just beautiful. So I was pleased this build came out well and to get a near perfect debut flight to 600ft on a somewhat windy day using an AeroTech E20-4 and Jolly Logic chute release.