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Old 02-26-2019, 06:25 PM
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Estes has a teaser video of their 2019 catalog. Here is the link:

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=311135742922667
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Old 02-26-2019, 08:05 PM
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Wow!!! Look at that lineup!

Look at the GIGANTIC Saturn 1b off to the right!!!
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Old 02-26-2019, 08:47 PM
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I've had a ~1:43 Saturn 1B started for several years, but it's on the back burner. That shot makes me wonder if they might release one that uses the LJII top end.
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Old 02-26-2019, 09:26 PM
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That page says: "Here's some of our past, present, and maybe future kits." For those that took the factory tour at the last NARAM, all those scale rockets were shown including the big Saturn 1B. They told us many of them were just prototypes for possible kits. As for the massive 1B, that has been around at hobby shows for decades as a conversation piece. I have a picture of Mary Roberts standing next to it, and the pic is from around 1990 or so.
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Wow!!! Look at that lineup!

Look at the GIGANTIC Saturn 1b off to the right!!!


the Arianne on the left is the only one that is truly new. The big 1b to the left, if i'm not mistaken, is probably 25 years old, left over from the prototypes, one of which they flew and crashed out at NARAM 34. I saw it when I peered into John Boren's lab at Estes on the NARAM tour last year (the Arianne was there too, along with a really big Pershing 1A -- bigger than the Maxi Brute version).
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I have a big 1b as well. My uncle started it in the early 70's. I was able to obtain the missing capsule from Semroc a few years back. I'm determined to finish it this year. I believe eRockets has the decals available and I'll probably get a few of their new Saturn parachutes too.
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I wish they would kit that huge Saturn 1B as well as bringing back the 1/70 and 1/100 versions.
I'd like to see the K21 Gemini Titan and K41 Mercury Redstone back too.
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I believe this is another picture of that big Estes Saturn 1B? If so, it is about 1/45 scale.
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I wish they would kit that huge Saturn 1B as well as bringing back the 1/70 and 1/100 versions.
I'd like to see the K21 Gemini Titan and K41 Mercury Redstone back too.


Those would be great bring backs - however, after listening to The Rocketry Show interview with Langford and Stine from Estes, I get the feeling we’ll see scale models of current rockets sooner. They implied that bring backs aren’t as viable as models of newer prototypes - so maybe some Space X, Blue Origin, ESA, etc rockets we can build and fly? Personally I’d love an Estes Ariane 5! Or how about models of ISRO P/GSLVs? Maybe a version of Virgin Orbital’s drop launched satellite carrier?

The conversation turned to motors - specifically larger/more powerful BP motors - and one take away was “there’s more to B and C motors than what we currently make”. Will we see “full” Bs and Cs that top out at maximum power for those sizes? They didn’t say that directly but it certainly was implied. What probably won’t happen is 29mm BP Gs due to hazmat restrictions on black powder amounts and grain size limitations. But they were firm about the PSII line sticking around and expanding in the future. Not the near future but eventually. And a crack was left open for more powerful PSII motors...

They also said that the due out early this March 2019 catalog will be unlike any Estes catalogs produced in the last couple decades - much more information about how’s/whys of each rocket and rocketry in general. We’ll see - the leaked pages don’t look all that different but I’d love a return to the style catalogs of the late 60s - early 70s.
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Estes has a teaser video of their 2019 catalog. Here is the link:

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=311135742922667


The two-page kit spread layout reminds me of Estes catalogs from the mid-1970s.
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