Estes gives you the chance to bring one rocket back. What would it be?

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  1. Nov 6, 2019 #61

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    I thought fiction threads were supposed to go in the Watering Hole?
     
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    It must have high sales? My guess is bring back the original Fat Boy.
     
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    Does the Centuri Orion count (since the corporate paths cross)? Otherwise, the Skywinder.
     
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    Sure would love to see some nice Russian rockets, like 1/100 Scale N1
     
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    A plastic RTF N-1 as a companion to the RTF Saturn V was discussed by the Estes folks at the NARAM forum so maybe, someday, we might see one.
     
  6. Nov 9, 2019 #66

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    Once upon a time, my fantasy reissues were the 1/70 scale Saturn IB, Orbital Transport, and Mars Lander. Since then they've all had either re-issues or Semroc clones. Other great kits are pretty cloneable--I've already done a BT-60 scaleup of the Astron Constellation using a Sprint XL kit and some clear BT-60 from Apogee (though if they added injection-molded fin-tip pods, that would be great). So I think now my suggestion would be the LTV Scout.

    Constellation-Upscale-27.jpg
     
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    Fat boy is a cool rocket. I launch mine on an Estes D12
    24mm mount.
     
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    I flew my 20-year old Fat Boy on an E20-7W a few weeks ago. Back in the day, guys used to cram much larger motors into this rocket. It would be a popular rocket if it was reissued.
     
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    FATBOY and I would like a FATBOY Pro or Max.
     
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    I'm intrigued. What would a PRO or MAX Fat Boy look like?
     
  11. Nov 11, 2019 #71

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    I would love to see the Gemini Titan so I could build the Gemini- MOL and the X-20 Dynasoar launcher.
     
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    ESTES or even another company should market a large scale shuttle stack. Now that would be really cool!! I mean I know there would be a market for it.
     
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    Something completely different...

    I would like to see Estes reprint their design contest winners.
     
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    Now that’s an interesting idea!
     
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    I second that!
     
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    How about a Kit of the Excalibur??? I would build that and then I would upscale it for High Power.
     
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    Astron Sprint. Love the elliptical fins
     
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    20191101_083617.jpg Pathfinder flies straight as an arrow upscaled to 29mm
     
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    Estes Snitch - Why? Because it is a great kit for doing school demonstrations. The children can easily see the whole flight: all the smoke, fire, the turn over at apogee, everything. Lands fine on grass, asphalt, cement, dirt, about anything. Wish they were available again. TOO EXPENSIVE on Ebay. $40 plus shipping? You've got to be kidding.
     
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    I'd love to see the 1/35th scale Mercury Atlas. I love the 1970's classic kits, but a lot of them have either been brought back, are available as clone kits, or are easily clone-able.

    While it is not a kit, I would absolutely love to see the B14 series of motors come back. They were a great way to lift heavier or draggy 18mm rockets. 18mm composites are always an option for some these cases, but you need black powder for multi-stagers, and you just can't beat good ol' B14s.
     
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    I have a couple of Snitches, they are great.

    Options until Estes re-releases include free designs or purchased saucers from

    http://www.artapplewhite.com/
     
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    One more vote for the 36 Squared-D a dorky looking but great two engine cluster.

    And the Longshot--an easy to build two stager and the only two stager I ever had any success with.

    Runner up, purely for nostalgia: The original Camroc circa 1966 or so. But, then I'd have to somehow re-create my darkroom and its out of production chemicals, film, paper...

    I don't suppose someone from Estes is reading all this???
     
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    Why not something that LOOKS exactly like the Camroc, but with a single shot digital camera...
     
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    "Why not something that LOOKS exactly like the Camroc, but with a single shot digital camera..."

    Yeah, that works for me.
     
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    Still think they would have a winner with a nose cone or payload section with a camera lens pointed aft. Basically the keychain camera, just customized to fit aerodynamically into a BT 50 cone or payload bay
     
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    I totally agree with this, and frankly I'm surprised they haven't pursued this. I would think this would be appealing to beginners browsing at Hobby Lobby etc., as well as more advanced modelers who want something they could swap onto an LPR.
     
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    For me it would be the Optima with the Phoenix and Stealth Fighter in a tie for second.
     
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    Upscale Wolverine
     
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    Estes tried 5-6 years ago to use a stock keychain camera with some sort of mount on the side of a body tube.
    I was one of the folks who tried it out.

    The camera was difficult to activate and use so the project was dropped.

    I agree that a digital camera (Still and/or video) would make a great product.
    Perhaps the new Estes owners will eventually bring one to market.
     

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