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Old 12-22-2014, 09:46 PM
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Hobby People has an ad running in moderately high rotation on cable. It includes the Estes Taser, which is perhaps their most accessable starter outfit. I wonder what would happen if the Mercury Redstone was pitched with some clever line as to the Mercury 7 as a static or flight model? It might increase the market size with some mission creep.

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I have also noticed in the past few years of the many different commercials that have featured model rockets totaly unrelated to their product. Hopefully this has renewd an interest in the hobby.
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Old 12-22-2014, 10:02 PM
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The Mercury Redstone description says "laser cut fins". Does that mean no more plastic fin unit?

It could be--since the last release was skill level 2 and had a kit number 2167. This new one is level 3 and number 1921. I hope they ARE balsa fins--it will be easier to upgrade the engine mount.

Either way, it's nice to see the MR coming back!

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Old 12-22-2014, 10:09 PM
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I just checked my stash. The last Freedom 7 kit was number 1921, so this new one looks like it might be the same but with Liberty Bell 7 decals.
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Old 12-22-2014, 10:54 PM
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The old Estes 1921 Mercury Redstone was in the catalogs from 1984 to 1990; instructions, scanned decals, and (balsa!) fin patterns are on the JimZ site.

It was listed as skill level 5 from 1984 to 1985 and skill level 4 from 1986 to 1990. This new kit is skill level 3, so seems likely not to be the same thing.
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I think Estes is systematically downgrading the skill level for marketing purposes. With RTF and E2X taking the bottom rungs, that bumps down the 1-5 scale. Level 5/4s just don't sell well. Also, if the rudder and end plates are laser cut in the new release, then there is really nothing hard about this model. The plastic capsule assembly is the only thing to make it >2 skill level.
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The 24/29 adapter looks nice. I wonder if it'll work with 24/40 RMS?
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They should make the #1921 Mercury Redstone standard with a 24mm mount.
The only 18mm motors it flies well with are the discontinued C5-3, LONG discontinued Cox D8-3, and the Aerotech D10/D21/D24.
It flies much better on a C11-3 or D12-5 than with a C6-3.
With the C6-3 in any wind, I have found it veers quite a bit due to the low thrust/weight ratio.
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They should make the #1921 Mercury Redstone standard with a 24mm mount.
The only 18mm motors it flies well with are the discontinued C5-3, LONG discontinued Cox D8-3, and the Aerotech D10/D21/D24.
It flies much better on a C11-3 or D12-5 than with a C6-3.
With the C6-3 in any wind, I have found it veers quite a bit due to the low thrust/weight ratio.

I'd like to see what kind of mortar shot a B14 would give it, but the 5 second delay would probably be too much for a 100 ft flight.
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When do the Mix-N-Match series come out? I could have sworn that I saw one in a hobby shop last week, but was not really paying attention.


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I think a B14-5 would be a disaster with the 5 second delay, but I'd bet the one-year-only produced Centuri B8-3 would work.
Never understood why a B14-3 was never offered and why the B8-7/B8-0 only existed for two years in the Estes/Centuri lineup and the B8-3 for only one.
The Estes 1921 Mercury Redstone was exactly the same as the Centuri kit based on ST-20 tubing, minus the Centuri Ejection Baffle.
Hopefully the new one is also.
I will be replacing the cheap plastic chute in the kit with a much better nylon one.

One rocket that was my favorite for the B14-7 is the Astron Sprint.
Gone in a flash; by the time your eyes catch it, that 90" streamer is about ready to deploy.

I used to fly my old Astron Avenger on an A8-0 in booster to a B14-5 or B14-7 in the sustainer.
It would liftoff fairly slow, stage low, then the sustainer would take off like a gunshot.
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