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Old 12-26-2018, 08:48 AM
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I ordered and received my Birdie from the 1969 Estes catalog (page 128) and still have that model.


Ditto here, except that I no longer have the model. That was the only "rocket" that I could fly in my yard, with shorty motors.
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Old 11-20-2019, 04:40 PM
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This is the Birdie kit I would like to find for a realistic price.
Much rarer than the K44.
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Old 11-21-2019, 05:11 AM
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I flew one. Once. Found the shuttlecock in the back yard and just happened to have the tube laying around. I didn't bother with anything fancy like centering rings, just glued the tube right to the back of the nose. It flew fine, but the ejection charge was a little robust for an unsupported tube and it never flew again. Now I'm getting the urge......
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Old 11-21-2019, 07:32 AM
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I flew one. Once. Found the shuttlecock in the back yard and just happened to have the tube laying around. I didn't bother with anything fancy like centering rings, just glued the tube right to the back of the nose. It flew fine, but the ejection charge was a little robust for an unsupported tube and it never flew again. Now I'm getting the urge......

You look a lot younger and skinnier than I remember.
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Old 11-21-2019, 07:24 PM
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You look a lot younger and skinnier than I remember.

I was young, but never that skinny.
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Old 11-22-2019, 08:24 PM
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Does uncle mike’s rocket shack still carry the West Wayne Rockets Birdie Clone K-44 Kits?
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Old 11-23-2019, 06:54 AM
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Shorty motor Birdies and Mini Motor Birdies are easy to clone yourself. I buy 6 packs of shuttlecocks at the flea market for a buck.

I ended up with a bunch of plugged 13mm motors in an Ebay lot and that was a good way to use them up. I do like the way an ejection charge sends them flying though.
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Old 11-23-2019, 07:34 PM
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Real RSL shuttlecocks available here.
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Old 12-01-2019, 06:11 AM
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Shorty motor Birdies and Mini Motor Birdies are easy to clone yourself. I buy 6 packs of shuttlecocks at the flea market for a buck.

I ended up with a bunch of plugged 13mm motors in an Ebay lot and that was a good way to use them up. I do like the way an ejection charge sends them flying though.
Indeed--you can even make your own 18 mm, Series III "Shorty" motors, with 1/2A6-2 motors (and 1/2A6-4s and/or 1/2A6-0s, if you can find any) and a saw... For making a batch of them, I'd get a length of a hardwood 2 x 4 and drill a row of appropriately-deep (and wide) holes in it, then slide the 2.75" motors down into the holes--nozzles-down, of course--and saw off the empty upper 1" of their motor cases. Also:

Having built and flown a few Estes Birdie clones (powered by 13 mm motors), I can vouch for their "fun factor." They flew fine even in windy conditions (they didn't weathercock too much; sorry, I couldn't resist :-) [but it's true]). Even using the cheapest, junkiest, can-packed shuttlecocks, they weren't troubled even by asphalt surfaces (at the Old Tamiami Airport runway in Miami--now used by model airplane fliers--at Tamiami Park, site of the Dade County Youth Fair and Florida International University), bouncing up to thirty feet back into the air after landing on their rubber nose tips.
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Old 12-01-2019, 06:16 AM
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I was young, but never that skinny.
If the ancient Greeks and Romans had had cameras, they too would likely have had "stand-in servants" (even if they were their own younger and more photogenic children, or their neighbors or their children). :-)
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