> Anybody notice Estes' website has changed? It's no longer
> responding with the "Coming March 15" message. Now, it's not
> responding at all. (I assume this is because they're loading the
> new stuff, so they're off-line while doing so.)
> Anybody want to start a pool as to the exact time they get it
> going? Will it be mid-nite (MST) or sometime later?
> In terms of *anticipated* big events in model rocketry, how do
> you think this ranks?
> Will it meet our expectations? Or, will it be a rehash of the
> educator site?
It depends on "our expectations". If our expectations are sane, then "yes".
If they are the usual r.m.r. psychotic expectations then "no way".
They are a business. I beleive that they could be a better and more
successful business if they followed some of the ideas put forth on r.m.r.,
but filtering them out from the ravings is not easy. Especially for people
who get paid for their time (hopefully). I just hope that market forces can
drive them back to the path to what many of us see as "good for the hobby"
while they continue to make a boatload of money.
> Do you think the new site will offer direct-to-consumer sales?
No way! You will probably see links to retailers near you or at least a
placeholder for that function.
> Will we see any new models?
Good question! Perhaps something will be unvieled with the website, but I'm
sure that anything that was new was already presented to their distributors
and retailers through the normal channels (big industry shows, salesmen,
That would be nice, but it would be nice to have a couple of the recently
departed engines return. Like the 1/2A6-2. We could really use that for
models like the Wizard or Viking on small flying fields like school yards or
small parks! Otherwise they might as well include an engine mount in all of
the 18mm kits.
> We *should* know tomorrow.
Yes we should.
Good luck to them, and remember that websites can and do change over time,
so they can improve anything that needs to be improved.
Wow, tomorrow will be good. Also tomorrow a brand new Wal-Mart opens up at
the edge of my parking lot at work (OK , it's a half a block away). I
wonder if they have Micro-Maxx and how big their Estes section will be? All
the other Wal-Marts have restocked pretty good and they all have kits in
boxes alongside the RTF models (so there!).
This Wal-Mart is rumored to have a bank inside. I'll know for sure
tomorrow. No Golden Dollars tomorrow. They tried to get 'em, but they
won't be in until next week. The rest of the LA area banking system is
swallowing them as fast as the Fed can get 'em here.
-Fred Shecter NAR 20117
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