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Old 01-21-2006, 07:11 PM
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I just stumbled onto this on TRF. It's the prototype of the never-produced Estes Vulture from the Salvage 1 series. I'd heard that a prototype existed, but I don't remember seeing it before.
http://geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/...2/salestes.html
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I just stumbled onto this on TRF. It's the prototype of the never-produced Estes Vulture from the Salvage 1 series. I'd heard that a prototype existed, but I don't remember seeing it before.
http://geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/...2/salestes.html


I remember seeing this site, but had forgotten where.

And I even remember the series, more-or-less. Predictable plot lines: Off-beat junkman has fantasy about building spaceship from salvage/surplus government hardware so he can "salvage all of that moon program hardware just sitting up there"; locates chemist who knows how to concoct "mono-hydrazine", which is capable of lifting the Vulture -- slowly -- off the ground without the smoke and blast pattern from traditional bi-propellants; locates a 'retired' NASA astronaut who understands the theory. and who just happened to have had a 'relationship' with the chemist -- not a pretty picture at first. Add to this a one-track-mind "semi-secret" (nameless?) governmental agency and a no-track-mind government agent who don't appreciate the ingenuity of the common man (can we say "jealous turf war" here?).

I think the last episode of the program had one of the Vulture's engine pods taken off to be used to "push" a large freshwater iceburg down toward California. The attempt fails, and the iceburg has to be blown up by the military. No more Vulture ventures, no more series...

The series got old and very stale about three episodes into the first (and I believe, only) season
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I just stumbled onto this on TRF. It's the prototype of the never-produced Estes Vulture from the Salvage 1 series. I'd heard that a prototype existed, but I don't remember seeing it before.
http://geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/...2/salestes.html

I remember seeing that site a number of years ago.

In the past I bought a number of unique items from Mike Hellmund including a bunch of Estes plastic parts (nosecones, etc) that are long OOP and a whole case of D11-9 motors!
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Old 01-22-2006, 08:39 AM
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I remember the subject of the Estes house coming up on Old Rockets, as well as the Salvage 1 prototype, but I'd never seen the actual pics. Reminds me of the SDI Satellite or the Outlander.
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Would you happen to have a pak or two of those D11-9's still left that you would be willing to part with ???
Send me a PM if so !
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Would you happen to have a pak or two of those D11-9's still left that you would be willing to part with ???
Send me a PM if so !

I do, but they're buried right now. My plan is to unbury and sell off some of this stuff. So, as I start cleaning up down here, I'll contact you when I find the box that has the D11-9's in them.
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