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2016 Estes catalog
#1
http://www.estesrockets.com/media//catalogs/Estes_2016_Catalog.pdf


Coming in March, it says: Puma, Skill Level 3, mini engine.

In May, a BT-60 Nike Smoke, Supernova (both Skill Level 2) and Estes Shuttle (Skill Level 5, parachute/glide recovery).

In June, Apollo 11 Saturn V (4" diameter, Skill Level 5).

Big Bertha's still with us.
Rich Holmes
Camillus, NY
Secretary / newsletter editor
Syracuse Rocket Club

http://richsrockets.wordpress.com
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#2
Great to see them expanding the line-up and a return to the classics.
Compared to the abomination of the early 2000's.
2001 in particular... http://www.estesrockets.com/media//catal...atalog.pdf
AMRS #54
WARS #24
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#3
While I like the SuperNova Payloader, I still wish that they'd put the Omega back into the lineup.
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NAR #100544

"The Guide says there is an art to flying", said Ford, "or rather a knack." 
"The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss."

Launching is Optional... Landing? That Depends on Trees.

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#4
Note that the Saturn V now will have plastic fins.  I hope Mr. Boren did the two-piece styrene fins like the Little Joe II.

And I hope I can get the plastic fins for my older 2157 Saturn V kits that have balsa ...

I'm not above begging.   Smile

UPDATE:  I looked at the 2157 instructions (1999 -- the 30th Anniversary release) on Estes website, and it shows vacuformed fins, built like the Saturn 1B fins.  I opened up my 1999 kit, and they are vacuformed. The 2011 catalog on website lists fins as laser cut balsa.  I'll not open that kit, it is a 2010 re-issue Estes was selling at the 2010 NARAM in Pueblo, Colorado.  I met Mike Dorffler, and he signed the kit -- about a month before his passing.  Still not sure what I'll ever do with that kit.  Maybe donate it for auctioning.

Anyway, I'm still hoping the new kit has molded styrene fins!
Lee
NAR 55948, L2
In Build: Mars Snooper
Next: upscale Sky Hook (Panavia kitbash)
In Finishing:  Estes Honest John, Red Nova, Super Cobra
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#5
According to John Boren on YORF, they're molded styrene and not vacuform.

I just picked up on a rather startling statistic. Just 6 years ago there were only 7 Skill Level 3–5 kits in the catalog — in fact they were all Skill Level 3. This year there are 27!

That's a trend I like.
Rich Holmes
Camillus, NY
Secretary / newsletter editor
Syracuse Rocket Club

http://richsrockets.wordpress.com
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#6
Let's hope that trend continues Rich! Smile
Greg Young - L3
TRA 00234
NAR 42065
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