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Old 03-01-2011, 12:33 PM
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Was Enertek's demise a result of the inability to formulate enough capital for those initial orders? Or was it more complicated than that?

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It was all about $$$. Or, rather, not enough $$$.
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Old 03-01-2011, 12:56 PM
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Bob,

Let me say this to you and others who post here...

THANK YOU!!!

YORS Forums are by far the best on the net! Regardless of the opinions and views of the people who read and post here, this is the best rocket-information-nexus on the web!

TRF and Rocketry-Planet just don't have the 'who's who' of rocketeers, manufactures, professional rocketeers, National and International Champions ... nothing like it at all.

Thank you again.

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Thanks for a great history, Bob. It was an interesting time.

Some of the Pro Series stuff morphed into North Coast Rocketry by Estes products. The controller had an extra clip lopped off and was re-packaged under the NCR name (though the molded parts till reflected the Estes Pro Series line).

The Patriot nose cone ended up in the NCR Lance Beta kit (and is still available as the nose cone for the Big Daddy, that I designed).

Chas was our trusted assistant at North Coast while we were operating in Salt Lake, and was invaluable in our success that led to a deal with Estes.

I am in the process of preparing a full history of North Coast - it feels like the time is right.

Matt



Hey Matt,

I have some of your early NCR beta motors. I will bring them out to the next meet and I hope you can give some info behind them?

Like I said, we need a motor section Scott! I can post at least a couple dozen rocket motors that are either early 60's or from obscure manufactures and it seems such a shame that this written and visual information isn't aggregated in one central location but instead spread out over various threads and times

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+1 for a motor/propulsion forum !

Enertek info from the old TRF thread was a very interesting read- thanks Bob
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Like I said, we need a motor section Scott! I can post at least a couple dozen rocket motors that are either early 60's or from obscure manufactures and it seems such a shame that this written and visual information isn't aggregated in one central location but instead spread out over various threads and times

That's exactly what this section is for, Model Rocket History. It covers the history of everything model rocket related, not just kits!
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So, there you have it. I hope you enjoyed this bit of history from my perspective.
Very informative, thanks Bob!
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Thanks for all the comments and compliments, folks.

I have another Pro Series story.

In the Spring of 1992, Gary Rosenfield and I were making a sales trip to the big hobby distributors (Hobbico/Great Planes, Horizon, Hobby Dynamics, United Models) which all happen to be located in Illinois.

Gary and I were being given a tour of the Horizon warehouse when our guide was called away to take a phone call. We decided to explore the warehouse and headed over to the Estes section.

Now the Pro Series products had all been released except for the Patriot missile model at that time.

As Gary and I looked through the Estes inventory, my eyes caught sight of a unknown box on a bottom self. It was the stock of Pro Series Patriot missiles which had just arrived at Horizon. They hadn't even started shipping them out to hobby shops at the time.

I picked one up and started looking it over when our guide returned. I held the Patriot box out towards him and asked if I could take it with me. He rolled his eyes, took the Patriot box and told us to wait for him to return.

About ten minutes later he returned and said the paperwork was done and he'd send us the bill. I left Horizon carrying the Patriot kit. I suspect I may have been one of the first people to get their hands on one of these kits.

Several weeks later, back in Las Vagas at AeroTech, the company bookeeper asked me about a bill AeroTech had received from Horizon for an Estes Pro Series Patriot kit. I explained the situation and gave her payment for the kit.

I guess I'm the only person who ever paid AeroTech for an Estes kit.
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This is interesting for me as I'm just finishing the build of a Pro Series Jayhawk. Man the wings on that thing have have a lot of parts!

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Great thread! Definitely a fan of the Pro Series so its great to know the history.
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Thanks for a great history, Bob. It was an interesting time.

Some of the Pro Series stuff morphed into North Coast Rocketry by Estes products. The controller had an extra clip lopped off and was re-packaged under the NCR name (though the molded parts till reflected the Estes Pro Series line).

The Patriot nose cone ended up in the NCR Lance Beta kit (and is still available as the nose cone for the Big Daddy, that I designed).

Chas was our trusted assistant at North Coast while we were operating in Salt Lake, and was invaluable in our success that led to a deal with Estes.

I am in the process of preparing a full history of North Coast - it feels like the time is right.

Matt



Yes, the time is right!!

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