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caheaton 10-14-2020 08:57 PM

Estes non parts
 
Guess that happens with the manufacturing getting outsourced. I contacted Estes to see about replacing the body tube and decal on my digital Astrocam (I know...it's a trivial matter to build or replace from stock parts but I inquired hoping to see if I could keep it looking all stock).

I was told that Estes hasn't stocked spare parts for their models in over 10 years and no parts are available. Bummer......

Email was from Sandra Cox.

neil_w 10-14-2020 09:52 PM

Yes, that has been known for a long time. It is the reason why, if you have a damaged part in a kit, Estes will send you a whole new kit, because they simply don't keep replacement parts on hand.

Joe Wooten 10-15-2020 09:29 AM

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Originally Posted by neil_w
Yes, that has been known for a long time. It is the reason why, if you have a damaged part in a kit, Estes will send you a whole new kit, because they simply don't keep replacement parts on hand.


Probably due to high inventory taxes on businesses.

jadebox 10-15-2020 11:07 AM

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Originally Posted by Joe Wooten
Probably due to high inventory taxes on businesses.


Only a few states tax inventory. Colorado is not one of them.

neil_w 10-15-2020 11:34 AM

I think it just fails a basic cost/benefit analysis for them. Stocking individual parts would be a lot of extra overhead for them; I can understand the decision, even though it would certainly be nicer *for us* if they did it.

aeppel_cpm 10-15-2020 01:25 PM

It doesn't hurt to ask. They have a parts collection - it's just not complete. Bits and bobs from broken packages, I assume.

Sandra was recently able to help me with a Pro Series Nike Smoke finset. I thought those would be unobtainium.

BEC 10-15-2020 02:02 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by caheaton
Guess that happens with the manufacturing getting outsourced. I contacted Estes to see about replacing the body tube and decal on my digital Astrocam (I know...it's a trivial matter to build or replace from stock parts but I inquired hoping to see if I could keep it looking all stock).

I was told that Estes hasn't stocked spare parts for their models in over 10 years and no parts are available. Bummer......

Email was from Sandra Cox.


After an incident I replaced the body on mine with a regular white BT-50 tube. I was able to carefully peel the sticker off the original model and put it on the new tube. It looks OK....not great but OK.

s1lence 10-16-2020 08:40 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by caheaton
Guess that happens with the manufacturing getting outsourced. I contacted Estes to see about replacing the body tube and decal on my digital Astrocam (I know...it's a trivial matter to build or replace from stock parts but I inquired hoping to see if I could keep it looking all stock).

I was told that Estes hasn't stocked spare parts for their models in over 10 years and no parts are available. Bummer......

Email was from Sandra Cox.


That is what I was told on my sky twister that the nose cone copter broke on the very first flight.

Two weeks ago a new nose cone arrived in my mail. So I guess it is hit or miss.


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