JimZ resurrection

For people interested in out of production rockets (particularly in cloning them), JimZ’s Rocket Plans at http://www.spacemodeling.org/jimz/index.htm has been a really valuable resource. Unfortunately in recent years quite a few of the files have gotten lost resulting in broken links. In some cases the Internet Archive Wayback Machine can be used to recover the missing scans but some…

New model rocket for Christmas?

Did you get a new model rocket kit for Christmas? Check out these useful resources for beginners or recent returnees to model rockets: Stine’s Handbook of Model Rocketry is the book to read. The most recent edition is over a decade old, and even then some of it was a bit dated in some people’s eyes,…

YARF

I’m a little worried about the Rocketry Central forums; there are some allegations being made to which the anonymous admins are so far not responding. But let’s see how that plays out. Meanwhile — and I suspect not unrelatedly — there is yet another rocketry forum starting up. It’s at http://www.rocketryspot.com/index.php. The admins again seem to…

Sagitta Cantina

I guess I’ve been remiss — I reported the new Rocketry Center forums, but there’s another new rocketry forum site that’s been up about a month: Sagitta Cantina. I think it’s pretty clear some people want a forum where they can shoot the breeze about off-rocketry topics, argue politics and religion, swear, offend, and generally post…

Rocketry Center Forums

There’s a brand new rocketry forum in town: http://rocketrycenter.com. Who runs it? Don’t know. Their user name is nismerf but that’s as much as I know. What are their plans, intentions, goals, policies? Also unknown. There’s a TOS of sorts apparently viewable only when you click the registration link: Whilst we attempt to edit or remove any…

TRF for sale?

More about TRF. No editorializing this time, I promise. Or not much. I discovered something interesting about The Rocketry Forum’s owner. If you poke around TRF it’s hard to find any indication who owns it other than a guy named Austin who posts as “admin”. “Austin”, though — if that’s even a real person — is the…

Grey Poupon and Anakin Palpatine

Roger Smith is making another attempt to get community.rocketreviews.com off the ground after a few months down. Not much there so far, but I do kind of like the Rocket Name Generator. The first name it suggested for me was especially prescient (but already taken): What’s Up Reciprocating Inductive Compartmented Hermetic Rocket Tyrion Lannister Grey Poupon Anakin…