E9 demise

There’s been news recently about Estes, like that a new owner will be buying it from bankrupt Hobbico, but also that they’re discontinuing the C11 and E9 motors. Well hm. I’ve seen some comments like this: “the E9 was noted for its unpredictability – you never knew whether the rocket was going to have a…

Fives

The NAR is talking about having local clubs across the country do well-publicized launches, particularly of Saturn V models, on July 20, 2019 — the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing. We discussed it at our club and we’ll probably do it, especially since the third Saturday is a usual launch day for us.…

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…