Estes New Releases

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  1. Oct 6, 2018 #1

    VonRecktofen

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    Hi Gang,
    What will be the best way to get information about the anticipated releases of the Little Joe 1 and Saturn V kits from Estes?
    I don't want to miss out on these models, as I plan to launch them at the 50th Anniversary Launch in July 2019 and I want to have enough time to get the Saturn V built...
    When and where is a good place to get notification about the releases?

    Thanks!
    Franz in NJ
     
  2. Oct 6, 2018 #2

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    As soon as they get released either someone finds out an posts it to TRF or John Boren will sometimes make an announcement.
     
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    On the Estes website, upcoming releases are usually listed in the "Coming Soon" section. Upon release you can find them in the "What's New" section ( on the right side of the page). As you can see the Little Joe I is scheduled to be released sometime this month.
     
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    Thanks folks!
    I just don't want to miss out!
     
  5. Oct 9, 2018 #5

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    That Little Joe looks nice. I just finished the last iteration of the Saturn V, so I won't be picking up the new version, but I don't have a Little Joe yet. I'd also like to build another Redstone. My first one looks like poo, lol.
     
  6. Nov 9, 2018 at 4:19 AM #6

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    "so I won't be picking up the new version"

    The new version is completely new. The only thing the same are the injection molded fins and most of the body tubes.

    John Boren
     
  7. Nov 10, 2018 at 1:43 AM #7

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    Greetings John

    So the wraps will be new? I have been flying one the older versions with paper wraps. Landed the upper section in a tree, so going to have to build a new one for next July. I have a few of the 30th Anniversary version. Can you offer any more detail on the release coming?
    TIA
    Jim
     
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    Odd that there is nothing listed in the coming soon section.
     
  9. Nov 10, 2018 at 2:22 AM #9

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    Nothing on the Estes website but A C Supply has had the Saturn V on their website for about a month with the status as “Coming November 2018”.
     
  10. Nov 10, 2018 at 2:35 AM #10

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    Hopefully they are right.
     
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    There is an Estes ad that includes the Saturn V on the inside cover of the Nov/Dec NAR Sport Rocketry Magazine that showed up in my mail box today.

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    I just opened it. Nice find.
     
  13. Nov 10, 2018 at 4:32 AM #13

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    In the "Editor's Space" on page 4 of the same Sport Rocketry Nov/Dec issue the editor states that Estes has announced two new upcoming releases of the Saturn V.
     
  14. Nov 10, 2018 at 4:51 AM #14

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    The other Saturn V was briefly shown at the NARAM 60 manufacturers forum. It will be a 1/200 scale model, all molded in plastic and completely painted and ready to fly other then attaching the parachute.
     
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    "So the wraps will be new?"

    Other then the new injection molded fins that made it into the last release every other piece of plastic is new. There is in fact a completely New plastic item that will make the build much easier while adding more scale detail. The capsule and escape tower are a piece of cake to assemble now. This version should be a more accurate version of the Apollo 11 launch vehicle.

    John Boren
     
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    How robust is escape tower design?
     
  17. Nov 11, 2018 at 6:44 PM #17

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    I would say it's a little more robust then before but it's much easier to build now.

    John Boren
     
  18. Nov 11, 2018 at 8:06 PM #18

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    I’ll take a guess that the new part is the SII interstage (the conical one), I hope I hope??
     
  19. Nov 11, 2018 at 8:43 PM #19

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    That's great to hear. I built a 2157 a few months ago and the vacuform fin fairings were a total PITA; I never got them to conform to the BT very well. I might have suggested that the fairings and fins be a single two-piece plastic part, but anything would be an improvement.

    The one advantage of the old kit was that it was light; I wonder what the recommended motors for the new version will be.
     
  20. Nov 11, 2018 at 8:55 PM #20

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    That Saturn V looks pretty good. Hope the retail price plus shipping isn't too steep. Shame the local hobby shop went under a couple years ago.
     

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