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  Can anyone identify....
Posted by: Viking - 06-09-2015, 06:05 AM - Forum: Low Power - Replies (3)

James May (formerly of TOP GEAR) posted a link on Farcebook today and it immediately grabbed my attention:

Can anyone identify the rocket in the photo?
At first I though it looked like an Estes M104 Patriot, but then realized there were no bright red fins, infact, there appeared to be no fins.
On closer inspection there are fins but the fincan is clear.

I followed the link(http://stateofinnovation.thomsonreuters....nto-space) but ofcourse that particular image does not appear on the site, there is however a similar image as the page header with the model rocket in the boy-astronaut's hand:

So, what is it?!

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  FSI revival?
Posted by: Bill Eichelberger - 06-08-2015, 11:42 PM - Forum: Golden Era - Replies (30)

Last year around this time things were abuzz with news of the reformation of Flight Systems, Inc.  Since then there has been a web presence, but little else.  Anyone hear of anything from the new owners?  I was pretty pumped about the idea of having a classic bunch of kits return, but things seem to have dried up.

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  Mark all read?
Posted by: Ylli - 06-08-2015, 11:18 PM - Forum: Forum Help - Replies (5)

I log on and click on 'View New Posts'.  After looking at the new posts that interest me, I expect to find a 'Mark all read' button somewhere.  Am I just missing it or is that function not implimented?

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  Posting Images
Posted by: CrankyKong - 06-08-2015, 05:21 PM - Forum: Forum Help - Replies (10)

I'm noticing a reference in the message editor to the amount of attachment storage being used.

Also noticed that some images posted here are redirects to images stored offsite.

I understand that some rocketeers don't have their own webspace to link to but as someone with a website of his own, I'd rather simply link to my personal image space.

What's the Rocketry Center's preference?

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  Full Line of Orange Nomex Products Back in Stock at Sunward
Posted by: Sunward - 06-08-2015, 02:28 PM - Forum: Vendor & Manufacturer Display - No Replies

We now have the full line of Nomex Resuable Parachute Protectors and Reusable shock Cord Protectors back in stock.

Parachute protectors range in size from 3x3 up to 24x24 inch. Shock cord protectors are available in 36 and 58 inches long.

Available online:

and in Canada:

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Rainbow What's your Unicorn rocket?
Posted by: ShieldWolf - 06-08-2015, 01:26 PM - Forum: Low Power - Replies (37)

What rocket have you always wanted, but for whatever reason, have not built yet?

Mine is the Mars Lander. As a kid, I constantly drooled over it, but I made $2.00 a week cutting grass, and it was hard to save up the $10 for the mars lander when there were so many other rockets out there for less than $5.00.

Fast forward a few years, to when I became a Born Again Rocketeer, and Estes no longer made the Mars Lander. Fortunately, Estes still made some cool rockets, and I discovered JimZ's for plans to clone some of the classics.

Semroc introduced their clone of the Mars Lander, but it was considerably more than the $10.00 Estes charged. Unfortunately, my confidence in my building skills was such that I didn't feel ready to buy one.

I fell out of rocketry again for a while. When I became a Re-Born Again Rocketeer, I started out by cloning some of my old favorites, such as Der Red Max, Gyroc, and Big Bertha, along with building a few Fat Boys, and a Silver Comet. I even had a couple of the ARF Mini Marz Landers, but I still didn't feel confident enough in my abilities to do justice to a Mars Lander build.

Once again life got in the way, and I took a break from rocketry. This time when I rejoined the fold, Semroc had an extensive line of clones, Estes had the Classic Series, and I learned of the Estes online sales. This kept me busy until Semroc announced their closing.  One final order to Semroc resulted in everything I ordered being out of stock, except for The Point.

I've reached the point where I don't think I'll ever feel I can really do justice to a Mars Lander, but I've also decided that it's better to make the attempt, rather than to keep missing the opportunity. Hopefully erockets will have the Mars Lander available soon, and when they do, I'll be one of the first to place my order.

So what rocket have you always wanted, and why haven't you built one yet?

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Rainbow Using A8-3s
Posted by: Astrosaint - 06-08-2015, 11:57 AM - Forum: Low Power - Replies (25)

Greetings to all:

Of all the motors that I pull from the Blast-off motor pack, the A8-3s seem to be the least useful due to low lift power.  An A10-3 does a better job in terms of thrust and weight.  I have been inclined to either give them away to kids I work with at rocket camps or build special A motor clusters with 2-3 motors per rocket.  I have one under construction for an upcoming Apollo 11 commemoration rocket camp in July.

Any other uses for A8-3s ?

Astrosaint Cool

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Posted by: K'Tesh - 06-08-2015, 11:31 AM - Forum: Your Projects - Replies (13)

Estes Cineroc Nosecone? Or 3D Printed copy? One is real, two are copies... Which one is which...

Left to right... Option A, B, or C (below):

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  What is your most frequent recovery method?
Posted by: Rocketman - 06-08-2015, 11:15 AM - Forum: Recovery - Replies (28)

Power Dive
Mid-air Capture
Steer to Target

Comment on your favorites and interesting methods and experiences.

I voted Shovel. I mainly fly ballistic steel or aluminum rockets.

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Thumbs Down Estes PortaPad E
Posted by: K'Tesh - 06-08-2015, 11:13 AM - Forum: Ground Support Equipment - Replies (3)

A while back, I complained about the safety of the Estes PortaPad E, when mine was damaged under normal usage, and someone's pad actually caught fire when the rocket either popped the nozzle, or hung on the pad.

Having the plastic swivel exposed directly to the flame of the motor just seems like a bad idea.  I've heard that Estes has changed it, and received as a warranty replacement one that addressed another issue (legs flexing too much), but haven't seen anything that addresses the bare plastic to flame issue.

Has anyone picked one of these up and seen changes? In looking at the instructions online, it looks unchanged from before.

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