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  1. #1
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    Newbie here looking for suggestions

    I thought I had posted this yesterday, but apparently not.

    I am in my mid 50s and have always wanted to get into model rocketry, working my way from the little guys into the big stuff. I noticed you can buy individual parts or a "starter kit" including the firing mechanism.

    Does anyone have any recommendations as to a good starter kit either with or without the rocket? I'm primarily interested in whether it is a good idea to buy a "kit" with the firing mechanism and, if so, what is the best kind? If not, what components do I need and any suggestions as to the best kind?


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    I'd recommend a starter set that's on sale plus a more advanced skill-level kit that takes the same launch rod and motors.

    As the smallest / simplest example: http://www.estesrockets.com/clearance/000-2017-bundle-5 would let a person get started in a good sized yard or small park.

    A larger example is http://www.estesrockets.com/clearanc...017-bundle-8-1 , but these are mostly pre-finished, require a decent sized field, and you spend $10-15 each flight.

    Finally, the very most fun you can have with the least investment up front is to attend a NAR or TRA launch near you.
    http://www.nar.org/find-a-local-club/nar-map-locator/
    http://www.tripoli.org/Prefectures

    If you're near me, the first hit's free ^_^. Welcome!

    Last edited by dhbarr; 15th August 2017 at 02:58 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhbarr View Post
    I'd recommend a starter set that's on sale plus a more advanced skill-level kit that takes the same launch rod and motors.

    As the smallest / simplest example: http://www.estesrockets.com/clearance/000-2017-bundle-5 would let a person get started in a good sized yard or small park.

    A larger example is http://www.estesrockets.com/clearanc...017-bundle-8-1 , but these are mostly pre-finished, require a decent sized field, and you spend $10-15 each flight.

    Finally, the very most fun you can have with the least investment up front is to attend a NAR or TRA launch near you.
    http://www.nar.org/find-a-local-club/nar-map-locator/
    http://www.tripoli.org/Prefectures

    If you're near me, the first hit's free ^_^. Welcome!
    Good advice
    I second all of it.
    Welcome! Enjoy the journey.
    -CzTeacherMan
    TRA #15280 - QCRS, Tripoli Wisconsin, WOOSH
    Level 1 - 9/28/2014 Wildman Sport on CTI H163 White Thunder
    Level 2 - 5/23/2015 Wildman 3" Darkstar CTI J400 Smoky Sam
    First Mile+ & Mach+ - 9/25/2015 Wildman Punisher CTI J360 Skidmark
    Level 3 - 5/15/2016 Wildman Gizmo XL-DD-V CTI M1540 Imax

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    One bit of advice I have for people just starting out is that every Estes kit will tell you to make a rod stop on your launch rod by wrapping masking tape around it. Well, every rocket's instructions tell you to put the tape in a slightly different spot.

    Because I was (am) stupid, I bought a new launch rod for every rocket, and taped it according to the instructions. It wasn't until I went to a club launch that I realized you could just use a clothespin and move it around however you want.

    If you want to get right to launching quickly, buy a ready-to-fly (RTF) or almost-RTF kit, stick it together and hit the field. If you are more interested in the building aspect, then get a skill level 1 or 2 kit, build it, and work your way up to more complicated stuff.

    Read and know the safety code! I believe Estes prints a copy of the NAR safety code in every rocket kit.

    HAVE FUN!

    John S. ---- NAR #96911 ---- TRA #15253 ---- MDRA #067 ---- BARC #028
    L1, 3/15/14: Aerotech Sumo, CTI H133BS
    L2, 6/21/14: Giant Leap Vertical Assault, CTI J240RL
    L3, 3/12/16: MAC Performance Radial Flyer, CTI M1101WH
    Altitude: 13,028', L3 flight; Speed: Mach ???, L3 flight

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    Welcome to the forum. rbennett62 it would help if you gave us an idea of where you live. There may be a club or NAR section near you. Check out nar.org website as there is a section locator there. If a club is nearby you can get a lot of information there, plus you could launch without having to have your own gear.
    Also, it really depends on what kind of area you plan to launch from on what sort of kit and launch gear to purchase. A lot of us use the 40% off coupon at Hobby Lobby if you have one nearby. The Estes clearances and their current free shipping for orders over $40 are also an option.

    Chas
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    Retired AF Missile Technician
    NAR 9790 Sr Lvl 1

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    Thanks! I appreciate the info. I'm a writer, our kids are grown, and so my wife and I can take off and go visit places with not much notice. WE're from Texas but we're driving up to Illinois just so she can be under the total eclips for an extra 30 seconds or so (14 hour trip for 30 extra seconds of viewing but if she likes it...)

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    We live in NE Texas, about an hour from the OK, ARK, and LA borders. Thanks for the suggestions!

    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzard View Post
    Welcome to the forum. rbennett62 it would help if you gave us an idea of where you live. There may be a club or NAR section near you. Check out nar.org website as there is a section locator there. If a club is nearby you can get a lot of information there, plus you could launch without having to have your own gear.
    Also, it really depends on what kind of area you plan to launch from on what sort of kit and launch gear to purchase. A lot of us use the 40% off coupon at Hobby Lobby if you have one nearby. The Estes clearances and their current free shipping for orders over $40 are also an option.

    Chas

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    One other suggestion: when you buy your 'start kit' also buy a length of 1/8" steel rod / piano wire. (And, you'll soon also want a 3/16" steel rod later, for the slightly larger birds.) It usually says on the rocket package what motors you need as well as launch rod diameter. You can typically pick up a rod at any hobby shop..

    I make this suggestion as the two-piece rod that comes with the kit has a break in the middle, and I've seen the odd launch lug get caught on this, severely limiting the rocket's ascent & altitude.

    Also, get a sheet of 400 sand paper, tear off a small piece, and sand your rod smooth, and every once & a while to remove launch build-up, rust, and other crud..

    And, welcome to the forums!
    -paul

    NAR# 101258 - L1
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    I don't know the same things you don't know..

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    What are you doing Sept 1st - 4th? :-D

    http://www.kloudbusters.org/airfest/Default.aspx

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    I'll second (triple? quadruple?) all the advice to go to a club launch. You will learn a *ton* and it will really fuel your interest.

    Personally, I'm a fan of E2X (easy to assemble) starter sets. To me, E2X rockets give just a taste of the build experience while also being quick, virtually idiot-proof, and require no finishing. Then you can move up to builders kits.

    Welcome!

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    My 3.4 (adjusted for inflation) is to get the Tandem-X launch set. It's got a pad, launch controller, E2X rocket (now called "Skill 2"), and what used to be a skill 1 rocket (now "skill 3").
    "I'm at least 70% confident about whatever I say (90% of the time)"- college me

    NAR 101195
    Level 1: Big SAM, 9/10/16

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    As others have said go to a local launch and have a look. As questions, visit the on site vendor(s) if there are any. You can see what is available, and they are a good source of advice.

    Somewhat hesitant on the second Estes bundle. The motors are relatively expensive and may be hard to find. See if there is a source in your area. There is a reason for the big discount.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimn View Post
    As others have said go to a local launch and have a look. As questions, visit the on site vendor(s) if there are any. You can see what is available, and they are a good source of advice.

    Somewhat hesitant on the second Estes bundle. The motors are relatively expensive and may be hard to find. See if there is a source in your area. There is a reason for the big discount.
    The rarity of large BP motors has no impact on low-end composite motors :-)

  14. #14
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    Hello guys!
    m a newbie, looking for types of nozzle making material for model rockets
    also if there's any suggestion for any other easily available rocket fuel like sugar+KNO3

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    Quote Originally Posted by TommyDiesel View Post
    Hello guys!
    m a newbie, looking for types of nozzle making material for model rockets
    also if there's any suggestion for any other easily available rocket fuel like sugar+KNO3
    Unless we're in the research forum, we've been asked not to go nuts on Experimental motor talk.


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