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Forum: Vendors 02-13-2018, 11:31 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,591
Posted By stefanj
I think I would buy a pad -- no rod necessary --...

I think I would buy a pad -- no rod necessary -- from a second batch.
Forum: Vendors 02-04-2018, 10:51 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,591
Posted By stefanj
Very tempting! It would be fun to launch old...

Very tempting! It would be fun to launch old Centuri models off of it.

I wonder if the pieces would fit in a Priority mail box?

Although I'd hope for cheaper UPS shipping if you can find someone...
Forum: Model Rocket History 02-03-2018, 09:58 PM
Replies: 219
Views: 13,522
Posted By stefanj
That model probably looked enormous to modelers...

That model probably looked enormous to modelers back in the day. Today we think nothing of flying models that large!

Even a Coaster "G" motor -- the largest thing available in that time frame, but...
Forum: Kit Collecting 01-19-2018, 12:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,036
Posted By stefanj
My Hustler order was canclled too. I just...

My Hustler order was canclled too.

I just re-ordered the parts.
Forum: Kit Collecting 01-15-2018, 11:28 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,036
Posted By stefanj
Well . . . I spent 2 1/3 months of "fun...

Well . . . I spent 2 1/3 months of "fun money" on:

Hustler
Aero-Dart
Explorer
Orion

These will likely be the last rockets I buy in a LONG time. I have so many kits and projects in the pipeline. But...
Forum: Projects 01-13-2018, 12:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 248
Posted By stefanj
Going down to hunt up BT-55 scraps and get this...

Going down to hunt up BT-55 scraps and get this going.

Thanks again!
Forum: Kit Collecting 01-11-2018, 09:23 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,036
Posted By stefanj
Darn! I was hoping to pick up one. If the parts...

Darn! I was hoping to pick up one.

If the parts are available, it isn't hard to clone. Might be your best bet.
Forum: Vendors 01-11-2018, 09:22 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,789
Posted By stefanj
RE sales then and now: I suspect that Estes's...

RE sales then and now:

I suspect that Estes's distribution network is WAY larger than it was even at the height of the space race.

They've gotten into Target, Walmart, and large regional chains...
Forum: Projects 01-08-2018, 10:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 248
Posted By stefanj
Oooh, thanks on both counts!

Oooh, thanks on both counts!
Forum: Kit Collecting 01-07-2018, 01:00 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 337
Posted By stefanj
Mighty Mite launcher & kit

My rocket club got a donation, a "leaving the hobby" box.

One of the items is something I barely remember; a "Mighty Mite" kit and launcher.

Instead of a launch rod, the launcher (which has a...
Forum: Projects 01-07-2018, 12:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 248
Posted By stefanj
Need some help: AIM-9 Sidewinder upper tube

My rocketry club got a box of "leaving the hobby" donations.

One item is a Estes kit # 2121 AIM-9 Sidewinder. It was missing the upper section, which consists of a plastic coupler/boat tail, a...
Forum: Vendors 01-04-2018, 10:51 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,208
Posted By stefanj
Yes . . . but I also think (looking at the kit...

Yes . . . but I also think (looking at the kit photos that blackshire posted) that I may have been thinking of another plastic piece. Specifically, the satellite body and transition that was used in...
Forum: FreeForAll 01-04-2018, 10:45 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 626
Posted By stefanj
Huzzah! Hb, Ve!

Huzzah!

Hb, Ve!
Forum: Vendors 01-03-2018, 09:01 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,208
Posted By stefanj
If I got the Explorer, I'd kitbash it, to make it...

If I got the Explorer, I'd kitbash it, to make it more of a Sci-Fi spaceship.

Make the connecting tubes longer.

Make the upper tube shorter.

Cut the nose cone apart and add transparent tubing . ....
Forum: Projects 01-02-2018, 09:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 307
Posted By stefanj
I'd object to the "Everything" in that...

I'd object to the "Everything" in that sentence. There were a lot of grab-bag looking kits, including the Redstone Maverick (which I remember building on a picnic table in 1971!). But not all MPC...
Forum: Projects 01-02-2018, 11:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 307
Posted By stefanj
I think you have enough there for the Martian...

I think you have enough there for the Martian Patrol, if you can mock up the saucers.
Forum: Projects 12-31-2017, 09:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 711
Posted By stefanj
I started about a half-dozen rockets, and...

I started about a half-dozen rockets, and finished to completion just a couple.

I'd like to do a bit more building, and to finally finish the deploy bay of my maybe-someday level 2 cert rocket.
Forum: Current Kit Talk 12-29-2017, 07:02 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,618
Posted By stefanj
I lost my Explorer (scratch built, before Semroc)...

I lost my Explorer (scratch built, before Semroc) and might replace that.

Might pick up a Aero-Dart, Hustler, Lil' Hustler, and Scorpion as well. Not that I don't have a metric poop-ton of unbuilt...
Forum: Model Rocket History 12-27-2017, 08:31 AM
Replies: 219
Views: 13,522
Posted By stefanj
I had, but never "assembled" or flew, a...

I had, but never "assembled" or flew, a Yankee 1.

It had one of those yellow plastic T-25 cones with the ridges and removeable T5 cap. (The cone could be used as a T25-T5 coupler of sorts.) See a...
Forum: Model Rocket History 12-21-2017, 06:36 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,213
Posted By stefanj
My guess would be that the short plastic cones...

My guess would be that the short plastic cones were (like the fin cans) firework components.

Vern or Gleda might remember, but we're getting into micro-history here.

I remain bummed that firework...
Forum: Model Rocket History 12-21-2017, 11:01 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,213
Posted By stefanj
I remember being mystified by references to the...

I remember being mystified by references to the BT-40 in Estes literature I read in the early 70s. How could a whole body tube GO AWAY?

Later read all about it in scanned catalogs. The BT-40 was...
Forum: Model Rocket History 12-20-2017, 06:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,059
Posted By stefanj
RIP Irv. An important innovator; maybe someone ...

RIP Irv.

An important innovator; maybe someone else would have invented composite model rocket motors, but he introduced them just a dozen or so years after the hobby started.

I have one...
Forum: Model Rocket History 12-20-2017, 06:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 798
Posted By stefanj
Look through the plastic bag! Estes' units were...

Look through the plastic bag!

Estes' units were all plastic. The original, made by a company whose name I don't recall, was metal. Old NAR magazines might have adverts.

I never got my hands on a...
Forum: Rocket Boosted Gliders 12-20-2017, 11:22 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 244
Posted By stefanj
Oh, MAN, now picturing a mock dogfight between...

Oh, MAN, now picturing a mock dogfight between the Dragon Ship and an Excalibur boost glider.
Forum: Model Rocket History 12-20-2017, 11:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 798
Posted By stefanj
The Fin Kwick had two versions: A really solid...

The Fin Kwick had two versions:

A really solid metal version, and the metal version Estes sold.

The plastic version was kind of dodgy. You had to wrap the spiral-wound cardboard mounting tubes with...
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