Jayhawk, Terrier Sandhawk, Super Vega Prices

Jayhawk, Terrier Sandhawk, Super Vega Prices

Post by Buzz McDermot » Wed, 10 Dec 1997 04:00:00



Quote:

> In looking at the current auction going on, it amazes me that the
> Jayhawk, Terrier Sandhawk and Super Vega are going for upwards of $55.
> Is that price truly representative of what people will pay for these
> kits?  Weren't they just discontinued by Estes this year?  Is the
> supply out there in hobby shops that meager?  Also, are the Jayhawk
> and TS worthwhile scale kits, or are they sport scale representations
> only?

What I find especially funny is how badly the Terrier-Sandhawk was
reviewed during its production run. The upper stage Sandhawk was pretty
much the same kit as Estes had put out in the early 70's and is supposed
to be pretty accurate. On the other hand, I never heard anything but bad
reports about the Terrier booster. Poor quality centering rings, warped
parts, inaccurate dimensions....You could hardly give one away. They
were constantly being offered as 'bought, opened, looked at and don't
want' cheap kits.

Now two years out of production they are suddenly 'collectors' items!
:-)

Now the Jayhawk was supposed to be a reasonably accurate kit (although
there was a lot of debate about the recommended paint scheme). It was a
solid flyer on Aerotech E motors, but both the Estes D12 and Estes E15
were really too wimpy for it.

The Super Vega is another interesting kit. Estes sold that kit at a
discounted price for a year to get rid of excess inventory. I picked a
couple up for under $20 less than 2 years ago. Standard going price for
the kit. No idea why it is suddenly so 'valuable'.

I 'blame' it on the internet.

Buzz McDermott
Dallas, Texas
NAR 13559  TRA 1785  L2

 
 
 

Jayhawk, Terrier Sandhawk, Super Vega Prices

Post by Edward Giuglia » Thu, 11 Dec 1997 04:00:00


In looking at the current auction going on, it amazes me that the
Jayhawk, Terrier Sandhawk and Super Vega are going for upwards of $55.
Is that price truly representative of what people will pay for these
kits?  Weren't they just discontinued by Estes this year?  Is the
supply out there in hobby shops that meager?  Also, are the Jayhawk
and TS worthwhile scale kits, or are they sport scale representations
only?

Scale Novice,
Ed G.

 
 
 

Jayhawk, Terrier Sandhawk, Super Vega Prices

Post by KBrauns2 » Thu, 11 Dec 1997 04:00:00


i THOUGHT THE TS WAS REALLY COOL BUT MINE CATO'D WITH A BAD E,  i SO THAT WAS
THE END OF IT.  mAYBE THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT WHOULD REALLY LIKE TO SEE ONE FLY

 
 
 

Jayhawk, Terrier Sandhawk, Super Vega Prices

Post by J. Steven Yo » Thu, 11 Dec 1997 04:00:00


Quote:

>The Super Vega is another interesting kit. Estes sold that kit at a
>discounted price for a year to get rid of excess inventory. I picked a
>couple up for under $20 less than 2 years ago. Standard going price for
>the kit. No idea why it is suddenly so 'valuable'.

>I 'blame' it on the internet.

The Super-Vega is a wonderful kit, but other than the decals, the tail
cone (which is supposed to come off for flight anyway) and a few odd
centering rings in the fin-pods, it is easily duplicated with
off-the-shelf parts.
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Jayhawk, Terrier Sandhawk, Super Vega Prices

Post by Stephen DeArma » Thu, 11 Dec 1997 04:00:00


Quote:

> In looking at the current auction going on, it amazes me that the
> Jayhawk, Terrier Sandhawk and Super Vega are going for upwards of $55.
> Is that price truly representative of what people will pay for these
> kits?  

     $55.00 is about average for these kits, they have been sold for
more. If these prices amaze you, don't look at a Saturn V on auction.  

Quote:
>  Weren't they just discontinued by Estes this year?

        No it's been several years.

Quote:
> Is the
> supply out there in hobby shops that meager?

    Actually yes, it's that meager. I travel a great deal across several
states. Of the 20 + hobby stores I go to, they don't have 1 of these
kits. In fact, most of them don't have a single kit older than 15
months.

    If your looking for one of these kits, you'll have to pay about this
much or more.

                            Trust No One,
                              Randy

 
 
 

Jayhawk, Terrier Sandhawk, Super Vega Prices

Post by Jeff Rade » Thu, 11 Dec 1997 04:00:00


I think there are other factors at work.  There are BARs getting back into
the hobby after many years - and things have changed a lot over the years.
When I left the hobby, a "D" was as powerful as it got.  These people start
going to launches, see really cool rockets (Jayhawk and Vega) and simply
want one!  They jump on the net, find what they're looking for and pay a
little extra for it.  Personally, I'm glad this option exists.  Not all of
us have the time or the interest in rebuilding a particular design from
scratch.  There is certainly a market for the discontinued kits.

There will be those who abuse the opportunity and those who will not.  So,
shop smart and get the rocket you want!

Jeff

 
 
 

Jayhawk, Terrier Sandhawk, Super Vega Prices

Post by John W. Herbold Jr » Thu, 11 Dec 1997 04:00:00


Quote:

> The Super-Vega is a wonderful kit, but other than the decals, the tail

> cone (which is supposed to come off for flight anyway) and a few odd
> centering rings in the fin-pods, it is easily duplicated with
> off-the-shelf parts.

I like the vega, it is fun to build, flies nice (not to high though) and

is not your average 3fnc rocket.  The plans and decals on Jimz
site.

The vega is a lot of fun to upscale, too.  I did a 4" dia upscale that
flew
at Sooner Boomer on an I283.  Had to make the nozzle out of
fiberglass. (got pictures of it on my web page).

Hummm 5.5 dia....

John

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