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Old 11-16-2019, 04:40 PM
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Default First build of 2019

We have dealt with aging parent issues all year, and Iím just now having some free time to build a couple simple rockets.

Since I first flipped thru the pages of a 1964 Estes catalog as a kid, Iíve wanted a Spaceman. Last year I was at Apogee Rockets with a friend, picking up some parts. In their lobby, they have a built model of every rocket kit they sell, near as I can tell. Sitting there was the Semroc Spaceman. I could not resist. Typical of a Semroc kit, parts are high quality, and fit is top notch. I especially liked the puzzle-piece type of interlocks on the arms and legs. I spent a lot of extra time slathering all balsa surfaces with Brodak Sanding Sealer. Simple, enjoyable old school build.

While working on the Spaceman, I also built the first of 4 Luna Bugs. Iíll fly these with grandkids in the Spring. This is perhaps the fastest assembly Iíve ever experienced, maybe short of an E2X or RTF rocket kit.
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Old 11-16-2019, 06:14 PM
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Those look like fun unusual builds.
Never built the Spaceman.
Might order one with an Astron Sprite.
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Old 11-16-2019, 09:10 PM
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Those look like fun unusual builds.
Never built the Spaceman.
Might order one with an Astron Sprite.


I need to add the Sprite to my list. I fondly remember building one on our living room coffee table while watching a Gemini launch on TV with my dad.
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