Murky certification (does that affect shipping status?) issues aside, the
auction is the ultimate arbiter of price on items like that. I got most of my
antique engines -- (even a pack of B series Centuri mini motors, and Centuri A5
motors, which were mini motors in a sleeve to make them standard size) -- by
driving a lot and cleaning out old hobby shops. This was in the 80's when every
town of any size still had a hobby shop. Then I used 'em all! B14's do neat
things with heavy (B14-0) or very light rockets (B14-6)....
I would say $1.00 - $1.25 ... no really. The collectability of rocket
engines come from engines being in sealed packaging or by being
something unique and VERY hard to find. Model Missile Inc. motors are
valuable as singles, and even more so in their white box with
Also, people TYPICALLY don't collect engines to have them sit in a
bookshelf for display ... they do that with rockets, in built and kit
form. Engines typically sit down in the basement or garage and
collect dust for a couple of decades.
So if you can find a "mint" pack of Centuri B14-6 engines with all 3-4
'Sure Shot' ingiters, folded instruction sheet, and 3 prestine B14
motors, I would suggest you find a rocket that can use the B14 and
just use it.
Sorry that its not worth $245.83 on ebay as you were probably hoping
Has anyone noticed that Tim Joyce is successfully selling "K" kits and
Skill Level Estes kits for $250.00 - $350.00 a pop! Fistit, please
email me cause boy do I have a sweet deal for you!!!
I agree with the $1 to $2 range stated earlier in this post. The REAL
value of these (and the Estes B14 series) is that they are some of the
coolest BP engines ever made. It is a huge nostalgia rush to buy an
old Mark II or Skyhook kit, build it to stock specifications (no
kevlar allowed!!!), stuff a B14-7 in it and fire it up. Life is very
good for those few seconds from launch to apogee.
Jerry...It's possible only to those of us who have experienced it, I
guess. The smell of old cardboard when you open the kit bag, rubbing
Elmer's glue on a balsa fin root, feeling a warm engine when you pick
up the rocket after a successful recovery. These and many other
sights, sounds and other sensations have an amazing ability to
suddenly take us back decades.....to a simple time when the most
important thing in the world was getting that Alpha or Goblin over to
the baseball field so you could watch it fly.
Isn't it a great blessing to have experienced such things? And to be
able to get such joy from simple things like a rocket kit and a tube
of motors. My Dad bought me my first kit, an Astron X-Ray, and I will
be forever grateful to him for starting me in a hobby that is and has
been so much fun.
Hi Randy ... ya know, you could just make your own BP B14 ... BP
not hard to make at all in the 18mm - 24mm range. Just be careful,
think about working with chemicals. Use small amounts. A small
bowl can easily make 40 - 50 motors at one mixing. Just THINK, and
wear protection, make sure you and your tools are grounded, proper
ventilation ... stuff like that :)
One of these days we're going to host a "NAR-EX" launch and fly all those no
longer certified motors. I want to try a Coaster or MiniMax... And
definitely a B14, or even an old B3.0!
Bob Kaplow NAR # 18L TRA # "Impeach the TRA BoD"
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I don't have any B14 samples, but I have a handfull of the blue, diamond
crossectioned, Estes engine packs from the 70s. They were stored in my
childhood bedroom closet for 25 years before I rescued them, and the rockets
they were bought for.
Shrinkwrapped A8-0 3 pack with a pricetag of $1.40.
1/2A3-2T 4 pack
1/2A6-4 3 pack
A8-3 3 pack
B4-2 3 pack
B6-4 3 pack with one engine missing
Most of these have the original engine paperwork and some have ignitors. The
ignitors come as a single length of nichrome with three blobs of plastic
along the length. You used to cut them apart or bend them until metal
fatigue did the job. No engine plugs provided in those days.
It's kind of a blast from the past compared to the plastic bubble sealed
present day descendents.
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