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Old 02-12-2021, 09:10 AM
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Estes discontinued the Alpha?? Heresy! Sacrilege! Say it isn't so......And the Red Max and Interceptor are gone again!

OK, I see. Last avail in 2020 are gone. Duh!! :-)

I have the two Alpha's listed with a 2021 date.
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Old 02-12-2021, 11:48 AM
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Just got my hard copy in the mail today!

Hot off the press but very, very, very cold out of the mailbox.
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Old 02-12-2021, 12:06 PM
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I didn't count the Guardian and Nova Payloader when I added up all the 2020's in the list to see what was discontinued.

I'll change those two to 2021 if you feel AC Supply is still able to order them from Estes.


Scott,

Oh...OK. I just saw the "last available" column saying 2020 and figured they were in that count.

As for future availability - all I can say right now is that they are both shown on AC Supply's site in all three contexts (singly, 12-packs and that mixed bulk pack that's four of each plus four Alpha IIIs). I suppose I can ping Doug Wilmes and ask.
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Old 02-12-2021, 12:37 PM
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If you are lamenting the fact that you wanted a V-2, but never got one, there is a better solution — the Spacemonkeys V-2 kit. A really nice, super detailed (and scale) V-2 kit. It is about the size as the Estes kit. If you want to fly it, it needs an Flight Conversion kit (from Apogee) which adds to the cost (or you could roll your own, but the creation of centering rings of the right size would be a bit of an effort).

Check it out (and no, James Duffy is not paying me to say this ):


https://spacemonkey-models.myshopif...scale-v-2-model



I really like that you can buy a two-pack of the V2/A-4 rockets for $49.95 . A lot of great stuff on James Duffy’s Spacemonkey Models website.
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Old 02-12-2021, 01:52 PM
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I really like that you can buy a two-pack of the V2/A-4 rockets for $49.95 . A lot of great stuff on James Duffy’s Spacemonkey Models website.

If you’re thinking of buying any of James’ videos he has sample segments you can watch. Very informative stuff - as I said earlier, I’ve watched my V-2 in America disc multiple times.

I do wish I could buy both the model and the conversion kit straight from Spacemonkeys...
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Old 02-12-2021, 02:16 PM
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Noticed about the only new interesting kit is the upscaled Mars Snooper.
I always thought the Mars Snooper II was more interesting looking.
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Old 02-13-2021, 08:31 AM
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The Mini-A Heli is the one I'll miss, good thing I stocked up when they were half-price from Estes. This is a great kit for NRC, and reasonably competitive, even on 1/4A. NRC fliers, get yours while you can!

For new ones, the Mars Snooper looks great, and the size is just fine by me. I wonder how the cooling fin tail cone will be constructed? The Antar looks nice too.

Scott, thanks for maintaining the list, it's fun to see how long some kits stayed in production. And I built my first Alpha just last year (a Yellow Hang-Tag version). Still haven't built an Alpha III.

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Old 02-13-2021, 09:08 AM
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You aren't missing much not building an Alpha or Alpha III.
I don't understand the fascination with those. They don't get any more 3FNC boring than that.
I built ONE Alpha in around 1985 as it was FREE. Fire-And-Forget launched in around 1990 on an 18mm D.
I built one and only Alpha III in around 2012 with my better half's 7 year old daughter.
She liked the #2 Skywriter kit much more.
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Scott, thanks for maintaining the list, it's fun to see how long some kits stayed in production. And I built my first Alpha just last year (a Yellow Hang-Tag version). Still haven't built an Alpha III.

Thank Don Altschwager. I hadn't updated it since 2008. He's been keeping it going on his end. I just recently got his files to update the list on YORS.
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The Mini-A Heli is the one I'll miss, good thing I stocked up when they were half-price from Estes. This is a great kit for NRC, and reasonably competitive, even on 1/4A. NRC fliers, get yours while you can!

Agreed. It works very well. I'll need to grab a couple if I can on the next AC Supply order.
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