A8-5

I hadn't seen any A8-5's in a while but I saw tons of them today. The date
was 5-20-2001. When did they drop it from the line?
Randy
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Randy
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They were OOP for a few years, re-introduced around 2 years ago. The ones you saw are (for all intents and purposes) current; there should be enough in the distribution channels to keep us geeks happy for a while yet. Same for the 1/2A6-2.
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BB
Get dozens of schools hooked on them so Estes keeps making them!
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Jerry Irvine
Works for me. How do we get them to bring back the A8-0, B14 series, etc?
Randy
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Randy
The A8-0 is going to be more problematic. A3-0T?
As for the B14, lets all volunteer to go and drill 2000 each :)
I think it would make great business sense for them to release the D40 24mm and an E30 or so. The D40 is a no brainer as a 1.4S article that would justify the rerelease of several kits as 24mm motor wasters. Goblin, Bandit, Patriot and Athena pop to mind.
Estes rocks.
Jerry
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Jerry Irvine
Jerry,
About 3-4 years ago there was a small group of people on rmr that were trying to muster enough demand to see if Estes would consider making a limited amount of the discontinued motors like the B14. Since I was off the group for about a year and I haven't seen or heard about a re-release since being back, I assume it didn't happen. Any ideas how much demand it would take to make it worth their while to do some?
Randy
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Randy
Yeah. Somewhere between 10 and 1000 times the demand we could muster :)
But, with new ownership at Quest, and Semroc coming to life, I still have hope we may see some other motors. If not re- incarnations as before (eg, 1/2A3-0T, A8-0, atc) then maybe some new stuff such as a D40, for example.
Doug Desperately needing to finish some rockets so I can fly some of my hoarded motors...
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Doug Sams
Yeah, I knew that, but I was thinking maybe since Jerry has been a part of producing engines, he'd have some idea of the actual, real numbers they'd need to do it. It is after all a matter of profit. How many engines does Estes/Quest, produce of any size, per year?
I'm sure rmr would be a fraction of what it would take but if someone could get the chain stores like Hobby Lobby, Hobby Town, Michael's, etc. and the local mom and pop's to place just one order per store, there would be a demand. Seems they would have as much demand for them, as they do for the engines they're selling now and I'm sure a larger part of it is based on what Estes is producing for their own line. I would be willing to bet they'd produce engines for HPR, if they thought they could sell enough of them for a profit, even if they never produced a HPR kit.
While I've never heard an official statement about it, I have to wonder if Estes has abandoned the upper end of model and LMR rocketry and the supplies that support it, because they think all of the people who are serious about the hobby have gone to HPR.
Me too. : )
Randy
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Randy
Estes couldn't be bothered with our small potato(e)s request. But they did rerelease the A8-5 tothe general market.
Got $20k? (per type each delay)
Given the ad that was just fundraised for was about $80k and that took a raffle to motivate, I find it hard to believe a group can put together $20k for say a run of B14-0's or whatever. Largely because they cannot agree on what they want. I want B3-7m's BTW :)
Jerry
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Jerry Irvine
The Quest A6-4 makes a good substitute for the A8-5.
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