Estes 3" Der Big Red Max nose cone (072304) discontinued

ZoomieG

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Heads up: Bad news for upscalers:

The Estes DBRM 3" nose cone is no longer available on the Estes website.

Results in a 404. I contacted customer support; they responded that the nose cone SKU has been discontinued, and will no longer be available for sale separately.

The 4" MDRM nose is still available.
 

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Was going to use my 20% catalog coupon on it and found that it was gone when I looked earlier this morning. That's a bummer.
 

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Balsa Machining has a PNC-300 cone listed but I don’t know if it’s the correct shape for a Der Big Red Max - at least it’s not terribly expensive at $12.00.
 

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Balsa Machining has a PNC-300 cone listed but I don’t know if it’s the correct shape for a Der Big Red Max - at least it’s not terribly expensive at $12.00.
PNC-300K is shorter and more pointed (but longer than the Big Daddy's nosecone as its an upscale of the PNC-80K), the 3" DBRM nose cone is blunted at the tip, I have taken out the NC from my DBRM kit yet to measure yet but the 4" version is like 17" exposed with a .5" radius tip, the DBRM should be a direct downscale fro m the 4" MDRM nose cone.
 

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PNC-300K is shorter and more pointed (but longer than the Big Daddy's nosecone as its an upscale of the PNC-80K), the 3" DBRM nose cone is blunted at the tip, I have taken out the NC from my DBRM kit yet to measure yet but the 4" version is like 17" exposed with a .5" radius tip, the DBRM should be a direct downscale fro m the 4" MDRM nose cone.

12.375" exposed with radius of .3125" (5'/16") based on the cone sitting here (as measured with a ruler) :)
 

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Balsa Machining has a PNC-300 cone listed but I don’t know if it’s the correct shape for a Der Big Red Max - at least it’s not terribly expensive at $12.00.

I've attached two pics of the 3" DBRM nose next to the 11" nose from my Vanderburn Hi-Flier XXL kit, which I'm fairly certain is the BMS PNC-300. As you can see, the DBRM is a bit longer (12 3/8" vs 11"), but the bigger difference is the wide blunt tip that is a notable feature of the PNC-60AH and it's iterations.

PNC-300K is shorter and more pointed (but longer than the Big Daddy's nosecone as its an upscale of the PNC-80K)...

I'm not entirely sure which nose cone you are referring to as the upscale, but a PNC-80K upscaled to 3" would have an exposed length of 9.5". The Big Daddy/Pro Patriot cone is 9", making it a little shorter than a true upscale; the PNC-300 is 1.5" too long. I guess it depends on how close you want your scaling to be.
 

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Balsa Machining has a PNC-300 cone
I believe that’s the nose cone in the 3” diameter BMS School Rocket Kits. Toby (Vander-Burn), now Steve (Launch Lab Rocketry-Vander-Burn) uses the PNC-300 nose cone in some/all the 3” diameter kits they sell, I believe.
 

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Wish I would’ve picked one up way back when they were available. Has anyone contacted Estes? Might be that they’ll have it back in the future.
 
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