|Canaroc||Nomad (54010, GK-11) [1978-1982]|
|Centuri||Nomad (5035, KB-5) [1973-1981]|
|Custom Rockets||Nomad (10054)|
|Estes||Nomad (1344) [1980-1982]|
Estes used "Scorcher" for one of the Land Rocket kits.From a marketing viewpoint a glitzy face card and cool name would be more likely to add to sales revenue.
Of course, first of all the design must be appealing.
Why recycle names and add to the confusion when there are monikers that haven't been used?
Just need to be more creative.
I still haven't seen an Estes Scorcher, Fireball, or Hypersonic yet.
Dr Zooch did some work with a Coldpower motor using airbrush propellant in a modified version of his Mk II kit. Very underrated kit BTW...I didn't realize those Land Rockets were cold powered.
Would be tough to bring those back.
Maybe convert them to mini engine power like the Blurzz dragsters?
That’s an interesting thought....as burn bans are getting more common and longer...even here on the wet side of Washington state....There are other ozone friendly propellant alternatives. If I won the lottery I'd sink a lot of money into cold propellant models for those of us who have burn bans for nearly half the year.
It was indeed the good Doctor.Seems to me there someone was having some success a few years ago with an old Vashon Valkyrie flying on modern airbrush propellant or A/C refrigerant, something like that. Was that Dr. Zooch?
It would really be fun to get this going again.
Not really practical in a country that has seven year droughts. This time last year we were looking at trucking in water for the farm. Three huge water tanks empty and the spring aquifer had dropped so low the dam was empty.Water rockets. Or water rocket cars.
343.5 kph translates to 213.4 mph in 2.3 seconds.
As I've mentioned a couple of times before, I had a Valkyrie-2 when I was a kid....and lost it on a summer day in Santa Fe, New Mexico because it outflew the park I was in....It isn't even summer yet and we have burn bans in and days of 38C (100.4F) at least once a week. Coldpower stuff would literally scream in ambient temps like that.
Yep, we seem to have derailed this thread. Do we move it or do the Mods do it for us?We may need to start a new thread for this, but this just occurred to me.
A 29mm cold propellant motor has a lot of potential. Hmmm...It would be pretty easy to make new forward and aft closures for a 29mm or 38mm A-tech style reload casings that would incorporate the necessary filling valve, vent valves and nozzle assemblies. Of course we would need to find O-rings that are appropriate to the temps involved, but those would be easily available from just about any industrial supply house.
The Zipper kit was only available for one year. I believe the name change may have been required as the registered owners of the name/term "Zipper" may have contacted Estes.