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Old 07-17-2021, 04:35 PM
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Got an arrow-straight flight today on the 1:200 Saturn V with a D20-4W, off my original Porta-Pad. It held up just fine with the fin strengthening, along with a little clay nose weight to compensate.


That does appear to be a true, original Porta-Pad in its first color: yellow! Donít see too many of those around anymore. Orange ones are much more prevalent.

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Old 07-17-2021, 04:40 PM
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I bought a Porta-Pad in 1977 and it was Orange.
I thought the yellow ones were much newer.
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Old 07-17-2021, 05:01 PM
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I bought a Porta-Pad in 1977 and it was Orange.
I thought the yellow ones were much newer.


Pretty sure the original ones were yellow. Even the 1970 Estes catalog, the first to list the Porta-Pad, states that it was yellow plastic.

See catalog page here: http://www.ninfinger.org/rockets/no...a/70est100.html


Not sure when they switched to orange, but probably very early 70s.

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I bought a Porta-Pad in 1977 and it was Orange.
I thought the yellow ones were much newer.

I did a bunch of old catalog research when I went on a GSE-collecting kick some years ago. The first Porta-Pads were yellow, and appeared in the 1971 and 1972 catalogs that color. Then red. Orange 1975-1981. Then in 1982 it was revised to be lower and wider and was black through 1986, then red for two years.

The Porta-Pad II first appeared in the 1989 catalog and it was yellow. They went black in 1997.

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Old 07-17-2021, 05:17 PM
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Interesting chronology.
I have two orange ones from the 70's and two black "E" pads.
What I really want is a repro Centuri LIA-100. Easily handles thru H power.
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It's relatively easy to do that sort of thing since Estes has almost all their old catalogs posted on their web site.
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I did a bunch of old catalog research when I went on a GSE-collecting kick some years ago. The first Porta-Pads were yellow, and appeared in the 1971 and 1972 catalogs that color. Then red. Orange 1975-1981. Then in 1982 it was revised to be lower and wider and was black through 1986, then red for two years.

The Porta-Pad II first appeared in the 1989 catalog and it was yellow. They went black in 1997.

Hi Bernard,
I have the yellow and the orange original Porta-Pads, plus the black and the red lower standing Porta-Pads, but I have never seen an original tall Porta-Pad in red. Do you or anyone else happen to have one of those tall red ones? If so, could you post a photo of it to show what shade of red it is please? Thanks for the information!

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Old 07-18-2021, 05:43 PM
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Jeff,

It doesn't look like I have a red one of the original tall type, just an orange one like GH recalled. Sorry.
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