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Old 12-05-2007, 11:05 AM
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Hi. I'm a 44 year old guy trying to get back into model rocketry. I've been lurking around this site for a little while and looking through the threads. This looks like a cool place to visit. I hope to learn/relearn a lot of stuff around here.

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Old 12-05-2007, 11:41 AM
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Hi. I'm a 44 year old guy trying to get back into model rocketry. I've been lurking around this site for a little while and looking through the threads. This looks like a cool place to visit. I hope to learn/relearn a lot of stuff around here.

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Old 12-05-2007, 02:33 PM
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Tell us a little about your early rocketry experiences.
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Old 12-05-2007, 05:59 PM
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My friend's older brother was into model rocketry and he recommended I read The Handbook of Model Rocketry. That was all it took. I started building and flying Estes and Centuri models, and I even designed and built a few of my own.

Here are some of the models I built and flew.

Scout
Vulcan
Mini Bomarc
Stilletto
Camroc Carrier
Saturn V
Andromeda

There were many more, but I can't recall them. One was a starter rocket kit that has a chromed plastic nose cone and fin assembly. I don't remember it's name

I designed and built a two engine cluster model that worked quite well, when I could get both engines to ignite, that is!

I even had one of those Estes CO2 powered rocket cars. I remember it had foam wheels. I also remember I once froze the index finger on my hand while launching one.

I actually launched and recovered a raw egg in the Camroc Carrier once. What a nice payload rocket that was.

A few years ago, my daughter built a Razor tube fin model for a school project. She flew it on a B engine at school and got an A grade. I almost got back into rocketry back then, but I didn't have the work space I wanted in my old house.

I was browsing the net, and found myself pining after an Andromeda kit. The vintage ones on eBay seem to go for big bucks. I actually found PDRocketry made a reasonably priced kit. It was in browsing those threads that I found references to this forum and started coming here.

My Brother-in-law flies larger rockets with E, F, and G engines. I think I better stay with the lower powered motors because I just don't have places to fly larger engine rockets in my immediate area.
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Old 12-05-2007, 07:05 PM
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There were many more, but I can't recall them. One was a starter rocket kit that has a chromed plastic nose cone and fin assembly. I don't remember it's name.

That would be the Citation (by Estes) Quasar Starter Set. I've got an all chrome Quasar sitting right in front of me on my computer desk. It was a favorite of mine as a kid.
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Old 12-05-2007, 08:24 PM
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My goodness, you're right! Thanks!

My dad took me to a large parking lot on a Sunday (back when the stores were closed on Sundays). I remember we launched that rocket three times. The first time we used an A engine. I ran after it and brought it back. Then we launched it with a B engine. Once again, I got it and brought it back. On the third launch, I think we used a C engine. I lost site of the rocket and couldn't find it. I never saw the chute.

We packed up our gear and started driving around the parking lot. Sure enough, we found it. The chute failed to deploy and it did a nose dive right onto the parking lot pavement. The nose was destroyed and the tube was folded over.

Did that discourage me? Not on your life. After that I couldn't wait to build a rocket and try launching it again.
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Old 12-06-2007, 07:46 AM
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Just in case you haven't found these already, here are a couple of must-see websites for BAR's (Born Again Rocketeers).

JimZ's - Rocket Plans for out of production kits

Ninfinger - Vintage catalogs from Estes, Centuri, and much more.
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Welcome back into the hobby. Things have changed over the years. NARAM 50 is next year in The Plains VA, July 26th - Aug 1st, look for details on the NAR web site www.nar.org
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