5th April 2017, 11:47 PM
Help me remember my first launch pad?
My vintage rocketry mojo isn't working today. I'm trying to remember the very first launch pad I had as a kid. It was attached directly to the top of a 6 volt lantern battery. I thought it was a Centuri thing but maybe MRC or MPC?
Bonus Internet points if you can scare up a picture. Thanks!
-Carl Van Camp
TRA #5388 L3
6th April 2017, 12:02 AM
See if you can find a 1975ish Centuri catalog, its in there and iirc it was orange, had a screw on the top to attach it to the screw post on the lantern battery and part of the unit acted as a carry handle.
Originally Posted by cvanc
6th April 2017, 12:04 AM
NAR 89040 L1
6th April 2017, 12:07 AM
6th April 2017, 02:13 AM
Rich just beat me to it!
Centuri had the battery base idea first in the 1974 catalog:
Estes followed in 1976 with the simpler version:
The original Centuri battery base launcher stood a bit taller on it's small end.
The great thing was the lead wires wrapped around the controller. The controller fit into the carrying handle.
The Estes launcher had the battery on it's side with loose lead wires.
19th April 2017, 01:16 AM
Better late than never.....Thanks mom for not tossing this!
19th April 2017, 04:23 AM
I've been looking for one of these Forever, Wanna Sell it ? Or know someone who has one they would be willing to part with ?
19th April 2017, 11:12 AM
They come up on Ebay once in a while.
"THIS" one is new and comes with the saucer, but pricey.
21st April 2017, 01:09 AM
L1, LOC Cyclotron
L2, Madcow Areobee Hi
21st April 2017, 01:21 AM
I seen that too. It's just the controller.
Originally Posted by MALBAR 70
I wish I had the money, I'd buy it just because I like the kind that has the car battery clips on it.
I really like one of Estes Originals. But every time I see one it's in bunch of other stuff I don't need or want and is way more than just the controller is worth.
But I ain't got no money anyways. I just keep an eye on things so if I ever get money I have an idea what the going price is for things.
Like SR-71 seam to be priced at $60 right now. A year ago I seen one go for over $162. And many close to or just over the $100 mark. Good to know these things when your in the market for something.
21st April 2017, 02:03 AM
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