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jetlag 11-06-2017 04:18 PM

I would think this kit could fetch $1000 or more, obviously for a serious collector. Such as it is, I would not hesitate to ship it with the motors, et al.
I have bought a ton of motors over the years, and they are nearly always shipped thru USPS without any issues whatsoever.
It's your choice, though, for sure.
Look at eBay and see all the motors for sale at 'regular' shipping prices, and you'll see what I mean.
Allen

Junkhead 11-06-2017 04:44 PM

Thanks for the reply and info Allen! Shipping the motors seems simple enough but Iím just not sure about it. Itís good to get an idea of what people value it at so I can make a better decision on all of it. It seems like such a rare piece itís been hard to gauge a few things. Iíve learned so much about rocket history in the past few weeks itís incredible. Seems like a great community here and I appreciate the help so far.

blackshire 11-08-2017 04:22 AM

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Originally Posted by Junkhead
Thanks for the reply and info Allen! Shipping the motors seems simple enough but Iím just not sure about it. Itís good to get an idea of what people value it at so I can make a better decision on all of it. It seems like such a rare piece itís been hard to gauge a few things. Iíve learned so much about rocket history in the past few weeks itís incredible. Seems like a great community here and I appreciate the help so far.
If you ever come across an MMI Arcon (see: http://rocketshoppe.com/forums/atta...tachmentid=9654 and http://rocketshoppe.com/forums/show...19&page=1&pp=10 ), their second (and last, I think) kit, they too are quite valuable.

Junkhead 11-08-2017 05:23 AM

I will definitely keep me eye out. Probably wonít pass on another rocket in my lifetime. Although as rare as this seems Iíll probably never find another one again. But it helps a lot I actually know what I am looking for now. With that being said I would like to sell this kit if anyone knows a serious collector.

blackshire 11-08-2017 05:45 AM

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Originally Posted by Junkhead
I will definitely keep me eye out. Probably wonít pass on another rocket in my lifetime. Although as rare as this seems Iíll probably never find another one again. But it helps a lot I actually know what I am looking for now. With that being said I would like to sell this kit if anyone knows a serious collector.
I'll be the first to say, sadly, that your odds of coming across an MMI Arcon are quite low; but then again, original MMI Aerobee-Hi kits (especially that "long-box" Deluxe one, with the launch pad and motors) are as rare as--as the Romans said--"when a mule foals," yet you found one!

Junkhead 11-10-2017 05:23 PM

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Originally Posted by blackshire
I'll be the first to say, sadly, that your odds of coming across an MMI Arcon are quite low; but then again, original MMI Aerobee-Hi kits (especially that "long-box" Deluxe one, with the launch pad and motors) are as rare as--as the Romans said--"when a mule foals," yet you found one!


Now that I know what I am looking at and looking for I am good to go. This needs to go to a good home, if anyone is interested feel free to PM me and see if we can work something out!

Junkhead 11-12-2017 12:52 PM

Any collectors interested I was hoping for $600-$750 if youíd like to make an offer.

Royatl 11-12-2017 02:32 PM

I really wish I could. That's been my Holy Grail all this time (came >< this close to winning a MMI Arcon at a NAR auction 12 years ago), but events of the past year have put the kibosh on my collecting. I've put the word out on the NAR and Rocketry Show Facebook groups.

BobC 11-13-2017 10:09 AM

The long box MMI Aerobee Hi kit was the first one that was introduced. The idea was to provide a person with everything they needed to launch a model rocket, including the launch pad and launch rod. Because everything was done by mail order at the time, MMI found out that these long kits created a big problem when they were delivered. Because they didn't fit in conventional mailboxes, the postman would simply fold the box is half and stuff them into the box. This resulted in MMI removing the launch rod and making a much shorter kit.

blackshire 11-14-2017 12:57 AM

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Originally Posted by BobC
The long box MMI Aerobee Hi kit was the first one that was introduced. The idea was to provide a person with everything they needed to launch a model rocket, including the launch pad and launch rod. Because everything was done by mail order at the time, MMI found out that these long kits created a big problem when they were delivered. Because they didn't fit in conventional mailboxes, the postman would simply fold the box is half and stuff them into the box. This resulted in MMI removing the launch rod and making a much shorter kit.
I wonder if this--or the memory of it, to Vern Estes and Leroy Piester--prompted Estes and Centuri to use two-piece 1/8" (and later, also 3/16" Maxi-Rods) launch rods? (Before Maxi-Rods came along, a third piece could also [optionally] be added to the two-piece 1/8" rods, for a total length of 53"). Also, the shorter but wider and deeper (yet possibly larger-volume than the long MMI boxes) starter set "range boxes" that Centuri and Estes used might possibly have been cheaper to mail to mail-order customers (some postal classes cost more for unusually-sized and/or unusually-shaped parcels, and may have back then as well).


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