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    Meet One of My Favorite Students!

    This is Jerry... He isn't the best user of English in his class, but he tries hard...



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    Just before I took this picture, we were on break. Rather than pulling out his phone and playing computer games like the rest of the boys in the class, he got up to stretch his legs. I have a feeling that this kid has a lot of potential, and I wanted to motivate him. So, I asked him to come to the office, and I showed him the Estes Omega that I won on Ebay a few weeks ago. He got really excited about it, and asked a lot of questions, as best as he could. Check out what he wrote in his book later on in that class... (Look at question 7)

    Something you have to do this week... Make a model rocket


    I need to get this kid an Estes Catalog, and an Alpha.

    Dreaming of making the rockets I dreamed of as a kid (and then some).


    NAR L1 Cert flight: Sheridan, Oregon, USA. Sept. 19, 2015. Flew Deep Space OFFl on an I357T-14A Blue Thunder

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    That's wonderful! Kurt


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    Feels good to spark that interest. Now he has a mentor.
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    Way cool!

    John S. ---- NAR #96911 ---- TRA #15253 ---- MDRA #067 ---- BARC #028
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    Cool

    Well... it took a while, but we finally found the time to do this... We set up shop in one of the abandoned classrooms of a defunct school next door to our school (they closed up, and left one night owing our school money for the electrical bill, and some rent I understand).


    (Yes, you can see a Cineroc in the back of that photo)(also visible, Estes Sprint XL, D Region Tomahawk, parts of a couple of other kits, and the #6 Semroc Gyroc)

    We opened the kits, spread out the stuff I brought for building them. We started off by getting rid of the seams on the nosecones, and then getting them ready for a decent paint job (should we ever be able to find paint).



    I got to learn that Jerry has a pretty funny sense of humor. That's his name, and a message we can all understand...



    We got to listen to some music while he learned the joys of sanding... He got into the sounds of Matchbox 20, and would groove a little while trying to clean up the rest of the nosecone.



    Then it was on to the motor mount...




    After a nice long lunch with his father, some good conversation, and half a bottle of Bordeaux (Seriously!)... We got back to it.

    I taught him how to paper fins.




    I showed him how to make sure that the fins are strong by taking some scrap balsa, and gluing it on in different ways (grain direction, the double glue method vs lots of glue, papering vs raw balsa). You can see the results of one of the experiments in the photo above). Either Jerry's been doing some research, or he has good natural intuition. He correctly identified which would be the weaker way of doing things.

    Regrettably, I didn't get to photograph him playing with the parachute before he had to leave for a family New Year's get together. So, we'll have to end the build here for now. I let him borrow my copy of the 2016 Estes Catalog (Thanks M.R. for the catalog!)

    Throughout this he was having fun.



    When I get the chance I'm going to teach him how to make the old style Estes parachutes (with swivels), we'll make fin alignment guides, and actually get the rocket assembled and ready for paint and decals. I'm also planning on teaching him how to cut body tubes, and his own fins (if we get the chance).

    His dad liked the idea of activity based learning. He's concerned that kids who don't get to do fun things are harmed by it (a belief I share). I'll likely be seeing more of Jerry in the future as we do projects together. His dad also paid me 380 RMB (about $58 USD) to buy Jerry an Estes Launch Set (The only non-RTF Estes rockets we found on Taobao). He's getting the Tandem X set.



    Looks like it'll take upwards of a month to get here.

    I'd like to Thank Randy (eRockets) for the Alpha's, and to all those who are throwing something in for this kid.

    I've got a few other students who are showing some interest in rocketry. Including a couple of girls. Who knows what Jerry and I may have started here.
    Dreaming of making the rockets I dreamed of as a kid (and then some).


    NAR L1 Cert flight: Sheridan, Oregon, USA. Sept. 19, 2015. Flew Deep Space OFFl on an I357T-14A Blue Thunder

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    Great job of paying it forward, K'Tesh.

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    Great story! Are you the English teacher?
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    Quote Originally Posted by qquake2k View Post
    Great story! Are you the English teacher?
    I'm his English teacher... I wouldn't say I'm "THE" English teacher (we have several, one of which actually is British).
    Dreaming of making the rockets I dreamed of as a kid (and then some).


    NAR L1 Cert flight: Sheridan, Oregon, USA. Sept. 19, 2015. Flew Deep Space OFFl on an I357T-14A Blue Thunder

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    A story like that brings promise for the new year. Genuinely heartwarming...thanks for sharing that.

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    I'm late to the party here.....
    Are you getting these Estes kits locally, nowadays, some are made in China are they not?

    China fields a competent team in the word space modeling championships...do they have domestic rocket kit vendors its that would be interesting for us to take a look at?
    We got two categories of pilots around here. We got your prime pilots that get all the hot planes, and we got your pud-knockers who DREAM about getting the hot planes.
    Now what are you two pud-knockers gonna have?... Huh?
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    Ni Hao Jim,
    Very Nice there!! How many kids in the class?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MaxQ View Post
    I'm late to the party here.....
    Are you getting these Estes kits locally, nowadays, some are made in China are they not?

    China fields a competent team in the word space modeling championships...do they have domestic rocket kit vendors its that would be interesting for us to take a look at?
    I know about the team from an old copy of Sports Rocketry. Sky (which Apogee sells) is the only domestic producer I'm aware of (and I'm underwhelmed of their stuff). The Estes kits were found on Taobao (China's version of Amazon). It's hard for me to look for rockets on Taobao because so much of what I find isn't a rocket, and written purely in Chinese, except for the word "Rocket".

    Quote Originally Posted by Salvage-1 View Post
    Ni Hao Jim,
    Very Nice there!! How many kids in the class?
    For this one... One.

    I'm hoping to expand it to more students once I can get the details all worked out.
    Dreaming of making the rockets I dreamed of as a kid (and then some).


    NAR L1 Cert flight: Sheridan, Oregon, USA. Sept. 19, 2015. Flew Deep Space OFFl on an I357T-14A Blue Thunder

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    If it makes sense to ship to you, I have some Estes kits I'll never get around to building.
    We got two categories of pilots around here. We got your prime pilots that get all the hot planes, and we got your pud-knockers who DREAM about getting the hot planes.
    Now what are you two pud-knockers gonna have?... Huh?
    Pancho Barnes-
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    http://www.mwavs.com/0053148414/M4RS...udknockers.m4r

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaxQ View Post
    If it makes sense to ship to you, I have some Estes kits I'll never get around to building.
    Thanks!

    I'd be happy to take anything you'd like to send my way. I'm sure we can find someone who'd be happy to build them.

    Dreaming of making the rockets I dreamed of as a kid (and then some).


    NAR L1 Cert flight: Sheridan, Oregon, USA. Sept. 19, 2015. Flew Deep Space OFFl on an I357T-14A Blue Thunder

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