Secret Last Hurrah

Saturday before Thanksgiving, so it was Walt’s Secret Santa day at Walt’s HobbyTown. Inside, things were pretty much as usual for the Syracuse Rocket Club: Rockets on dispay,motors and casings and electronics,videos, and books. What was unusual was outside. 70°F at the airport, it says here; clear skies and dead calm… in the morning. Mid…

Small Sounding Rockets

Richard Morrow writes; Please let your scale model and history buffs know that Small Sounding Rockets c2000 is now back in print. The companion CD has many color photos and enlargeable drawings of the vehicles in the book. New to the Small Sounding Rockets companion CD is an exhaustive library of blueprints of the Cooper Development Corporation…

Estes Model Rocketry Technical Manual

I notice this has appeared recently under “What’s New” on the Estes site: 002819 – Estes Model Rockerty Technical Manual Description Welcome to the exciting world of ESTES model Rocketry! This 46 page technical manual (in English, Spanish and French) provides both an easy-to-follow guide for the beginners and references for the experienced rocket enthusiast.…

How much for a ring?

Frodo had it lucky. For him the One Ring only cost him a finger. For rocketeers, one ring can cost an arm and a leg. Let’s suppose you need a centering ring to go from BT-50 to BT-55. Just one, or more precisely, one more than you have in your stash. You have a few…

New year’s rockets

Some interesting new entries on the Estes Coming Soon page. Four new builder’s kits. 007244 Indicator — Skill level 1, apparently BT-50 lower airframe and BT-20 upper, 21.2″ long, 13 mm power. I’m not a fan of the decals but not a bad looking little rocket otherwise. 007245 Comanche-3 — Return of an oldie. Looks like the…

CTI, once

I was unaware CTI (Ceseroni) ever made single use motors, but apparently just a few years ago they were selling a Pro130 O25000 and a P8000, both single use. Only reloadables appear in current product lists, though. Seems that’ll change again, and this time from the other end. Sunward Hobbies writes: We are pleased to have…

Last ones up

Today was the annual Walt’s Secret Santa event at Walt’s HobbyTown. Walt’s celebrating his business’s 40th anniversary. There’s one more Syracuse Rocket Club event this year, the December meeting, but this is the last time our club launches rockets for the year — a few demo launches of very low power birds in the small…