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Old 12-24-2018, 01:20 PM
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Over the years I cloned the K44 and TK44 several times.
One time I just epoxied an A8-3 in a shuttlecock.
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Old 12-24-2018, 01:35 PM
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Steve, great post as always. The Birdie is one of those kits that is interesting but easy to clone. The birdie that Estes used was different than most with its white nose and swirling ribs. I've made a few with whatever birdies I could find. I really wanted one like the Estes Birdie. So, I've spent the last several years searching for ones like Estes used. Not desperately but, occasionally looking. For many years. So it's weird that you post this in the same time frame that I found a canister of the Estes style Birdies. It's the little things.

Do you mind sharing the manufacturer and model of this birdie?
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Old 12-24-2018, 04:59 PM
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I have two originals, one I converted to 13mm, and just this year, in time for Naram60, I built an upscale 24mm powered one. There is a lot of wear on the originals, I used to carry one in my launch box, and it was the first rocket launched, to check wind conditions.
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Scott, Ill post info on the birdies after Christmas when I get a little time.
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Old 12-25-2018, 01:25 AM
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Steve, great post as always. The Birdie is one of those kits that is interesting but easy to clone. The birdie that Estes used was different than most with its white nose and swirling ribs. I've made a few with whatever birdies I could find. I really wanted one like the Estes Birdie. So, I've spent the last several years searching for ones like Estes used. Not desperately but, occasionally looking. For many years. So it's weird that you post this in the same time frame that I found a canister of the Estes style Birdies. It's the little things.
LOL, why am I am not the least bit surprised that Rick would have figured this out? Having both wandered independently so long on the incredibly-less-traveled crayon sharpener nose cone path, now we both end up on the even-lesser-traveled original Estes shuttlecock path. Rick, my hat is off to you! I can't wait to hear what you've found out about these.

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Old 12-25-2018, 07:01 AM
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I think this is what you're looking for.............
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I think this is what you're looking for.............
How old is that can? There were no ZIP codes on either of the two addresses printed on it. I'm thinking early 60's.

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The RSL Birdies had small plastic posts inside the nose
that a engine tube could slide in around and friction fit.

I was told Estes stopped production on the Birdie because
they couldn't get the RSL shuttlecocks anymore.
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How old is that can? There were no ZIP codes on either of the two addresses printed on it. I'm thinking early 60's.

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I think zip codes started in 1964, so earlier than that. The spin vane plastic shuttles came in two versions............one that had a color stripe, and another (I believe earlier) that had a plain red/brown head with no stripe. BTW, just to confuse the issue further, on a page near the rear of the 1969 Estes catalog, there is a piece of Estes artwork that clearly illustrates a Birdie with straight vanes. I have to say I've never actually seen one with straight vanes, so this may have been an error on Estes' part. But who knows?


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Old 12-25-2018, 08:42 AM
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Interesting. I posted photos of the RSL shuttlecock cans above at 9:01 EST this morning. At 9:08 EST someone nailed two cans on eBay. Had to be someone here...........

https://www.ebay.com/itm/2-Vintage-...5.m43663.l10137
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