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Forum: Model Rocket History 06-27-2018, 08:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 332
Posted By Earl
The Defender, I believe, was Centuri's first...

The Defender, I believe, was Centuri's first cluster kit and was available from 1967 until about 1970. As you probably noticed, it was NOT in the '71 catalog.

May have been, in essence, superceded...
Forum: Plans 06-12-2018, 04:00 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 896
Posted By Earl
Jason- I glanced through the thread somewhat...

Jason-

I glanced through the thread somewhat quickly (and possibly you've already noted it), but the 1340 used heavy walled tubing that was thicker than the standard Centuri ST-13 tubing...
Forum: FreeForAll 05-27-2018, 10:37 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 189
Posted By Earl
Yes, very sad. That leaves only Aldrin, Scott,...

Yes, very sad. That leaves only Aldrin, Scott, Duke, and Schmitt from Apollos 11, 15, 16, and 17, respectively. Four out of twelve. Our heroes are leaving us.


Earl
Forum: Wanted: Dead or Alive! 05-07-2018, 07:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,149
Posted By Earl
Joe- That cone would be the Centuri PNC-89 cone....

Joe-

That cone would be the Centuri PNC-89 cone. You can pull up an old Centuri catalog on Ninfinger to check length. It something around 4.5" long or so. Check a 1971 catalog or later.....the '71...
Forum: Projects 05-07-2018, 07:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 497
Posted By Earl
You are correct. They advertized a plastic 1b in...

You are correct. They advertized a plastic 1b in some of their literature of the time, along with the Titan III and Vostok, but apparently the 1b was never released.


Earl
Forum: Wanted: Dead or Alive! 04-13-2018, 11:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 346
Posted By Earl
I did produce an LDRS-15 video from the...

I did produce an LDRS-15 video from the Orangeburg event, but I have no more copies on hand. I had to back away from that part-time business back around '05 due to family health reasons and the...
Forum: Kit Collecting 02-09-2018, 09:57 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 10,938
Posted By Earl
Ah! Great job!! That's it! Earl

Ah! Great job!! That's it!

Earl
Forum: Kit Collecting 02-09-2018, 09:02 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 10,938
Posted By Earl
Yes, that dimension should be 2.3 inches. Earl

Yes, that dimension should be 2.3 inches.

Earl
Forum: Kit Collecting 02-09-2018, 07:41 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 10,938
Posted By Earl
Looks like it is about .22 or .23 material.....I...

Looks like it is about .22 or .23 material.....I guess nominally that would be 1/4" Masonite?

Earl
Forum: Kit Collecting 02-09-2018, 07:38 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 10,938
Posted By Earl
Top plate drawing: D7 is closer to .5 D6 is...

Top plate drawing:

D7 is closer to .5

D6 is 5.5

And yes, the 5.75 I had on the original tracing was not correct. It should be 5.9.
Forum: Kit Collecting 02-09-2018, 03:41 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 10,938
Posted By Earl
Went back and pulled the three legs from the...

Went back and pulled the three legs from the LIA-100 and here's what I found. In general, the dimensions vary a tad from leg to leg, depending on how they were 'finished off' (with a belt sander I...
Forum: Kit Collecting 05-10-2017, 06:47 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 10,938
Posted By Earl
Ok, here is the back page of the assembly...

Ok, here is the back page of the assembly instructions for the LIA-100.
Forum: Kit Collecting 05-09-2017, 10:39 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 10,938
Posted By Earl
Ok, thanks for getting the measurements for us. I...

Ok, thanks for getting the measurements for us. I have an old email account, but to be honest I do not really use it or check it very often; just don't have the time.

I did pick up one of the...
Forum: Kit Collecting 05-09-2017, 07:04 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 10,938
Posted By Earl
Well, it is good to see that indeed the LIA-100...

Well, it is good to see that indeed the LIA-100 had its own, larger deflector at one time. I figured by the different part number and price in the LIA-100 parts list that must have been the case....
Forum: Model Rocket History 04-21-2017, 07:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,439
Posted By Earl
Oops. Well, obviously we were composing messages...

Oops. Well, obviously we were composing messages of similar content at the same time! :o


Earl
Forum: Model Rocket History 04-21-2017, 07:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,439
Posted By Earl
If it is the same Three Mile Island photo they...

If it is the same Three Mile Island photo they ran in their catalog for a while, it was credited to Scott Pierce, who, if it is the same Scott Pierce, was later an employee of Aerotech as I...
Forum: Projects 04-19-2017, 06:54 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,171
Posted By Earl
Looks like they put the wrong nosecone in that...

Looks like they put the wrong nosecone in that kit package.

The F16, F15, and F104 kits used the longer, more pointed PNC-106 nosecone and the F4 kit used the shorter, more rounded PNC-103 nosecone...
Forum: FreeForAll 04-12-2017, 09:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 263
Posted By Earl
Today is also the anniversary of the first...

Today is also the anniversary of the first shuttle flight in 1981, Young and Crippen.

It REALLY is hard to believe that has now been 36 years ago and six Presidents later.


Earl
Forum: For Sale 03-25-2017, 06:45 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,406
Posted By Earl
Possibly a 'middle road' approach would be to...

Possibly a 'middle road' approach would be to list here maybe 30 or so of the kits/items that you think might be of most interest, and the price you'd like to get for them, and your prefered method...
Forum: Kit Collecting 03-23-2017, 09:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,628
Posted By Earl
Centuri went with the newspaper format with their...

Centuri went with the newspaper format with their 1975 catalog.

During 1974 they had begun issuing their 'Rocket Times' newsletter in the newspaper format, replacing their earlier 'American...
Forum: Scale & Sport Scale Rocketry 03-14-2017, 08:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 838
Posted By Earl
Red face I think where some of the confusion comes in is...

I think where some of the confusion comes in is that (as I recall) Shepard's Mercury spacecraft (the capsule) was production #7. The *mission* designation however was MR-3.

Because it was production...
Forum: Model Rocket History 03-04-2017, 07:40 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,451
Posted By Earl
One can very much see the Scott Dixon influence a...

One can very much see the Scott Dixon influence a la the Vulcan 'Smokey Sam' black smoke density. Loved those Vulcan motors. Scott did great work on his motors. Don't think I ever had a failure with...
Forum: FreeForAll 02-03-2017, 06:37 PM
Replies: 963
Views: 67,619
Posted By Earl
Pretty sure it is the same set that you are...

Pretty sure it is the same set that you are referring to. I've bought stuff from the current ebay lister and he seems to be a good, dependable seller. Has had some good stuff to sell the past few...
Forum: FreeForAll 01-31-2017, 06:28 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 128
Posted By Earl
Sadly, as with the Apollo 1 crew, none of this...

Sadly, as with the Apollo 1 crew, none of this crew survives to see this anniversary. Mitchell was the last surviving member but he passed about a year ago.

Also, the 59th anniversary of our first...
Forum: FreeForAll 01-26-2017, 08:59 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 980
Posted By Earl
Just a few hours early on the...

Just a few hours early on the announcement....27th January is the day, but yes, hard to believe it's been 50 years. Was at KSC for the 30th and that only seems like a handful of years ago.

The 28th...
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