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What Happened to the C11-5 Engine?

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2 weeks 2 days ago #9221 by Frank DeAngelo
Single use composite engines have been difficult to find the last couple of years and when you do find them they are much more costly than they were in the past. This led me to rely more on CTI reloads for mid power flights. In addition, I started building and launching more rockets that use 24mm black powder engines. Most notably the Estes C11-5 which I could purchase from AC Supply for less than $5.00 for a two pack. All of a sudden these engines are not available. What's the deal with that? Why would Estes discontinue making such a popular all purpose engine? Even the C11-3 has seemed to disappear. The C11-7 seems to be available.

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2 weeks 1 day ago #9222 by John P. Petrakis
Oh man that stinks. I see they C11-5 motor is gone from the Estes website too!!! C11-0/7s are still there but this is a baaaad sign.

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2 weeks 1 day ago #9223 by Frank DeAngelo
I kind of remember something about the C11-3 going away but I wasn't too concerned. Yes this is a bad sign. Maybe I'll have to stick to small rockets on A8-3's, B6-4's, C6-5's.

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2 weeks 1 day ago #9224 by John P. Petrakis
Good thing I built that 18 to 24mm adapter. Looks like the ENTIRE C11 line is getting axed.

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2 weeks 18 hours ago #9225 by Frank DeAngelo
Years ago I built a 18 to 24mm adapter. It wasn't all that great but I used it a few times. Early this year I put in a rocket order for engines and other stuff and ordered the Estes 18 to 24mm adapter set. I think it came with three. It works well. A C6 does not have as much thrust as a C11 but in some cases it gets the job done.

Maybe we will have to start buying those new Quest engines.

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1 week 6 days ago #9226 by John P. Petrakis
I have to say it's a bit irritating when something I like gets the axe from a manufacturer of any kind. That said, I have a lot more warmth about Estes than I did a decade ago when they were run buy jerks. I'm not thrilled with the C11 discontinuation especially, but I'm really jazzed up about the new Saturn V, which in turn is tempered by the dwindling list of builders kits in the PS II line. I went and purchased another Sahara before they are all gone too.... shouldve gotten the Panavia when I had the chance...

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