Is It Worth My Money To Buy The Saturn V?

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  1. Feb 15, 2019 #1

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    What do you guys think?
     
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    Seriously $89 for a "Model Rocket" I would say i would be more afraid to shoot it after i built it..... Also does it actually go only 350ft in the air Plus heavy E30-4 Compsite?

    Skill Level 4

    Length: 43.25 in. (110 cm)
    Diameter: 3.94 in. (100 mm)
    Estimated Weight: 11 oz. (311.8 g)

    Parachute Recovery: 2 - 24 in. (61 cm) and 1 - 18 in. (46 cm)

    Recommended Engine: E12-4 (first launch), E30-4

    Projected Max Altitude: 350 feet (107 m)
     
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    Didn't you know federal statute :

    54.6 chapter 6 paragraph 2 subpart d:

    Must have Saturn V!
     
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    It isn't a proper model rocket if it hasn't flown. Federal regulation 54.6 chapter 6 paragraph 3 subpart g:
     
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    So you are Ordering me to own one? And shoot it? Well Gosh Dang it Will do Boss! Jk idk if its the right price , i would perfer to fly it with a Composite motor if i were me
     
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    I've presently got $2300 in Sheri's Saturn V. In addition to Centuri's Saturn V and Saturn 1b and 4 Estes Saturn V's including the K-36. Oh yeah, and 2 Apogee Saturn V's and 1 Saturn 1b. I so hate these things.
     
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    That altitude does sound a bit low for a 4" dia 11 oz rocket. I just ran RockSim on one of my 4" designs, changed the weight to 11 oz. An AT E30 simmed at 733 feet, an E15 at 710 feet. Even the Estes E15 (29 Ns total impulse) gave 470 feet.

    Best -- Terry
     
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    These things really do only get 100 feet on a D12-3. A composite E30 might get it better than 350 feet but an Estes E12 most likely wouldn't.
     
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    Look for discounts off Estes model rockets at Belleville or A.C. Supply & HobbyLinc Hobby stores.

    For the current special #1969 50th Anniversary Edition, sure it is worth your money for the Holy Grail of model rockets, there is no substitute.

    (You asked.)

    I would not think it's worth it to buy an older out-of-production edition at collector prices when the current version is available at a reasonable price. But I am not a collector, I build them and fly them.
     
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    1:1 - probably not. Mostly for storage and fuel cost reasons.
    1:100 - definitely yes. At ACSupply's 40% off price of $54, get two: one to learn, fly, and crash; second to get right, and maybe turn into cluster, or a 2-stager.

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    When does the Deal end? I would like to get one far near into the future probably nearer to May rather than now $54 sounds more reasonable
    I actually was hoping to get one of theses Impressive guys
     
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    ACSupply sells all Estes models at 40% discount, all the time, not just Saturn V:
    https://www.acsupplyco.com/estes/challenge.htm

    So the deal will not end as long as Estes keeps manufacturing model #1969 (Apollo 11 Saturn V 50th Anniversary with bonus). At some point, bonus might be dropped, but the kit will remain available while there is enough demand to justify future production runs.

    Realistically, there is a limited market for $90 or even $54 model rocket kits, and it's not large enough to justify making model #1969 into perpetuity. Which is why previous runs of Saturn V kits were discontinued. Only time will tell when the curtains will get lowered on this kit.

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    No, it’s not worth your money now! If it was, you would own it. If you have to ask, now maybe isn’t the time..
     
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    I will decide if it i worth its value, the only issue concerning me is the price of engines also, so i would technically be spending like $100 rather than 90 or 60. And there is the possibility that it might be destroyed while being launched... but if the JROTC program can purchase them for me i can and will build/launch them.
     
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    My suggestion: go watch Apollo 11 in Real IMAX, then decide if you need one. You'll know.
     
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    Thus far the only Saturn V I've built is the Lego one, and it proudly sits on my shelf and I often glare at it affectionately.

    I'm not really interested in doing an actual rocket version. A quality build requires a lot of time, and having invested that time, I'm not sure I'd want to stick a motor in it and send it skyward to potentially get damaged.

    So I think at this moment there's only like a 20% chance I'd build a Saturn V, and even if I did there's only like a 20% chance I would actually launch it.

    Really though although I appreciate the history, I'm just not that into building scale stuff for launch. It's just a lot of time and a lot of risk of wrecking that time.

    When do we go from obsessing over the Saturn V and move on the the SLS? Once one actually launches?
     
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    To paraphrase John Shedd:

    “Rockets are safe on a shelf, but that’s not what rockets are built for.”

    Saturn V is still the most powerful rocket flown, though Space-X has plans to surpass that. For now, it is also the only rocket to put people on another planet. Every model I send into the sky is a piece of me going to the stars.
     
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    LOL but i think for Saturn V's 50th birthday i think it would be saluting it a goddamn well journey of like 350ft

    But if i could buy a rocket i would prefer buying and making theses two.......

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    And yes they both cost around $25 bucks and can fly to altitudes far higher than the Saturn V for model rockets
     
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    ??? How did I miss that one?
     
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    If you're concerned about altitude and cost then you're not interested in the Saturn V for the right reasons, and would be better off spending your money on something else. Leave the Saturn kits to those that will appreciate them.
     
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    Its kinda funny how many posts on people building the kit have recently gone up, i wonder why this is? Or are they prepping for July 16th? Or it it the fact that its just an amazing build that every model rocket guy should own?
     
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    It's iconic. The rerelease of this kit just happened. The anniversary is this year.
     
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    No, the re-release was planned years ago. Do you really think that its coincidental?
     
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    I was hoping for Estes to get an SLS kit on the shelves before NASA launches one. Here is a GIMP-ed image of my Dr. Zooch SLS, maybe eRockets will re-release those.

    SLS_ZOOCH_LAUNCH copy.jpg
     
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    I bought te Siruis and then just could not go without the Estes one. They have arrivied, I have not even seen them yet and have to say" why are you waiting"!!!!!
     
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    So this weekend we bought the Mercury Redstone

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    This is what we built today
     
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    I bought two of them from AC Supply, and am building one now. And last year, I bought one of the previous releases.

    Yes, I think it's worth it. But it's only worth it to you if you want one.
     
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    You aren't buying this Saturn V to fly it out of sight. Its recreating a piece of history, or your childhood, or both. Take the $90 and get any NCR model, stick a baby H in and hit 2000 ft. or more.

    Homer
     

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