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Old 09-25-2007, 09:18 PM
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In the first picture, you can see my original Estes Mars Lander posing for the picture along
with a number of other classics in 1970; in the second picture (taken very recently), you
can see the SAME Mars Lander behind the glass in my rocket display case in my garage (yes,
it can still fly)....
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Old 09-25-2007, 11:46 PM
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The last recorded flight I can remember on my original was March 10, 1979 here in Louisiana sitting on top of my Tilt-A-Pad at the Bonnet Carre Spillway site.

Never had a bad flight on it.

I have no idea why I felt it was necessary to write my name on my launch pad, or what flight toasted that leg on the pad in the picture .....

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Old 09-27-2007, 12:12 AM
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That does it - I finally decided that I need to order a Mars Lander from Semroc!
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Lee, just as a suggestion. When you order the Mars Lander, think about buying the Laser-X SLS too. I really like how that upscale of the original Laser-X is put together, and it has some neat alternate motor mounts (4x18mm and 2x24mm).
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That does it - I finally decided that I need to order a Mars Lander from Semroc!

Me too!
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In the first picture, you can see my original Estes Mars Lander posing for the picture along
with a number of other classics in 1970; in the second picture (taken very recently), you
can see the SAME Mars Lander behind the glass in my rocket display case in my garage (yes,
it can still fly)....


What are those gages in the glass case?? Temperature and humidity??
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Old 09-29-2007, 05:34 PM
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What are those gages in the glass case?? Temperature and humidity??


No, that's my chess clock. Back in the heyday of my early model rocketry years, I was also
very much involved in playing chess games (the Fischer - Spassky Match was the spark for
that). I can tell a funny joke that happened at one chess tournament I went to in the early
1970's: It was in Baton Rouge, LA at some downtown hotel (next to the Mississippi River),
me and a couple of buddies of mine were headed to our hotel room as we entered the
elevator. There was a middle aged couple already in the elevator. After the doors shut
and we started going up, the woman began to look a bit nervous at me; finally she asked
me if I was carrying a bomb! I chuckled and said "No, this is my chess clock, and we're
playing in a tournament here."
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Old 10-02-2007, 12:02 AM
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Lee, just as a suggestion. When you order the Mars Lander, think about buying the Laser-X SLS too. I really like how that upscale of the original Laser-X is put together, and it has some neat alternate motor mounts (4x18mm and 2x24mm).


Tim,

You wouldn't happen to be a Semroc employee, would you?

The Laser-X really grabbed my attention when I first visited the Semroc site. This would probably move me up to 79 unbuilt kits, instead of 77 ... and I'm awaiting two Interceptor-E kits from Tower, although I ain't holding my breath.

By the way, no need to be sad about once being Level 1 -see my tag line "Builder First, Flyer Second" it is all about the building (and designing) for me, and not climbing the alphabet in motor sizes. Although for a builder, my backlog is ridiculous.

And I used to be Level 2, but perfectly happy to be back at Level 0.
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