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 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.
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?
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.
Desperately needing to finish some rockets
so I can fly some of my hoarded motors...
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. : )
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 :)