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    Centuri - Orion (KC-8 or #5068) Gallery

    Welcome to the Centuri - Orion (KC-8 or #5068) Gallery on TRF.

    This gallery showcases the Centuri - Orion (KC-8 or #5068) and those rockets derived from it. Particularly appropriate in this thread are the following:


    Centuri: Orion: KC-8 or #5068
    McCoy's Micro Wonder Works (MMWW): Orion: #348
    Neubauer Rockets: Orion II:
    Semroc: Baby Orion: KA-31



    as well as any upscales, downscales, clones, kitbashes or other derivative works. Even Goonies qualify!

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    Last edited by JAL3; 1st December 2011 at 05:49 AM.
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    TRA 03040, L1 8 March 2008

    Photos of the "Fleet": http://www.flickr.com/photos/23694991@N03/

    I used to tell Mom, "...I want to fly rockets when I grow up!":cool2:

    She said, "Make up your mind, you can't do both!":cry:

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    Centuri Orion (KC-8 or #5068) Basic Information

    Centuri Orion (KC-8 or #5068) Basic Information.

    Centuri Engineering

    Orion

    KC-8 or #5068

    Introduced: 1971
    Final Year: 1977
    Designer: Larry Brown

    Type: Sport
    Motor Mount:
    Recovery: Parachute
    Stages: 1
    Length: 22.5"
    Diameter: 2.04"
    Span:
    Weight: 4.5 oz

    Mfg. Description: The ORION is one of the largest single engine sports rockets available. Loaded with detail from end to end, the ORION is one of the most impressive rockets you could ever build. Featuring single engine power, Baffle Ejection System, engine lock and parachute recovery, the ORION is as great on the launch pad as it is on the display stand. Kit includes complete detailing parts, simulated exhaust nozzle and illustrated instructions. (Centuri 1971 Catalog)

    Centuri 1971 Catalog Centuri 1972 Catalog Centuri 1975 Catalog

    First post in this thread featuring this rocket.

    See Also: LINKS
    EMRR
    RocketReviews
    Mfg. Page


    If you have any additional information on this rocket and/or catalog photos please let us know.

    Last edited by JAL3; 30th December 2011 at 07:38 PM.
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    NAR 87285, L1 8 March 2008
    TRA 03040, L1 8 March 2008

    Photos of the "Fleet": http://www.flickr.com/photos/23694991@N03/

    I used to tell Mom, "...I want to fly rockets when I grow up!":cool2:

    She said, "Make up your mind, you can't do both!":cry:

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    MMWW Orion (#348) Basic Information

    MMWW Orion (#348) Basic Information.

    McCoy's Micro Wonder Works (MMWW)

    (Centuri) Orion

    #348

    Introduced: 2008
    Final Year:
    Designer: John McCoy

    Type: Sport, Exotic, Downscale
    Motor Mount: 1x6mm
    Recovery: Streamer
    Stages: 1
    Length: 6.104"
    Diameter: 0.544"
    Span:
    Weight:

    Mfg. Description: Kc-8 Orion T-5 Downscale (plan)

    Plan Image



    First post in this thread featuring this rocket.

    See Also: LINKS
    EMRR
    RocketReviews
    Mfg. Page


    If you have any additional information on this rocket and/or catalog photos please let us know.
    Last edited by JAL3; 31st December 2011 at 12:53 AM.
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    John A. Lee O.S.L.
    Alamo Rocketeers NAR Section 661
    NAR 87285, L1 8 March 2008
    TRA 03040, L1 8 March 2008

    Photos of the "Fleet": http://www.flickr.com/photos/23694991@N03/

    I used to tell Mom, "...I want to fly rockets when I grow up!":cool2:

    She said, "Make up your mind, you can't do both!":cry:

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    Neubauer Rockets Orion II Basic Information

    Neubauer Rockets Orion II Basic Information.

    Neubauer Rockets

    Orion II

    NUMBER

    Introduced:
    Final Year:
    Designer:

    Type: Sport/Upscale
    Motor Mount: 1x24mm
    Recovery:
    Stages:
    Length: 27.25"
    Diameter: 2.6"
    Span:
    Weight: 8 oz.

    Mfg. Description: A upscaled clone of the classic Centuri kit, this Orion II features:
    • 2.6" Balsa nose cone
    • Vacuum formed body wrap
    • Vinyl decal
    • Laser cut fins
    • Six resin cast side pod nose cones
    • 24 mm motor mount
    • Bonus Vinyl decal added (Neubauer 2011 Web Ad)


    Neubauer 2011 Web Ad

    First post in this thread featuring this rocket.

    See Also: LINKS
    EMRR
    RocketReviews
    Mfg. Page


    If you have any additional information on this rocket and/or catalog photos please let us know.
    Last edited by JAL3; 31st December 2011 at 01:08 AM.
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    Alamo Rocketeers NAR Section 661
    NAR 87285, L1 8 March 2008
    TRA 03040, L1 8 March 2008

    Photos of the "Fleet": http://www.flickr.com/photos/23694991@N03/

    I used to tell Mom, "...I want to fly rockets when I grow up!":cool2:

    She said, "Make up your mind, you can't do both!":cry:

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    Semroc Baby Orion (KA-31) Basic Information

    Semroc Baby Orion (KA-31) Basic Information.

    Semroc Astronautics

    MODEL NAME: Baby Orion

    NUMBER: KA-31

    Introduced: 2011
    Final Year:
    Designer:

    Type: Exotic, Downscale
    Motor Mount: 1x13mm
    Recovery: Parachute
    Stages: 1
    Length: 11.3" (28.7 cm)
    Diameter: 1.04" (2.6 cm)
    Span: 3.7" (9.4 cm)
    Weight: 0.6 oz (17.3 g)

    Mfg. Description: DESC


    Advertising Liveries

    Semroc 2011 Web Ad


    Face Card





    First post in this thread featuring this rocket.

    See Also: LINKS
    EMRR
    RocketReviews
    Mfg. Page


    If you have any additional information on this rocket and/or catalog photos please let us know.
    Last edited by JAL3; 1st December 2011 at 05:46 AM.
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    John A. Lee O.S.L.
    Alamo Rocketeers NAR Section 661
    NAR 87285, L1 8 March 2008
    TRA 03040, L1 8 March 2008

    Photos of the "Fleet": http://www.flickr.com/photos/23694991@N03/

    I used to tell Mom, "...I want to fly rockets when I grow up!":cool2:

    She said, "Make up your mind, you can't do both!":cry:

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    Centuri - Orion Gallery

    A really nifty looking design from the 70's the Centuri Kc-8 Orion was an often flown "C6" powered model from 1st Fleet. Sorry for the lone b&w pic but times were tight back then

    I'm one of those who just can't seem to bring myself to copy the color scheme on the package. Even back then my 1st Orion was Painted Silver rather then the pictured white.

    The model was lost to a Break-in but I had a second kit stuffed away for many years. Orion #2 Actually New Fleet model #472 was intended to follow the same pattern. This time I also switched the motor mount for a 24mm D12 option that I didn't think of the first time around. Since Black base make silver paint pop. I tried a new copper metal flake rustoleum midnight black base fully intending on overcoating it with their Metallic Silver. but after seeing the Black/copper sparkle in the sunlight I couldn't bring myself to completely cover it opting instead to silver only the corrugation, fins & tip.
    This color change also ment I had to redraw and print new color combination Decals. All in all I think it turned out pretty good and she really HONKS on a D12-3 or 5

    While I was at it I had to downscale the Orion for Micro Power in a BT-5 body size. this one I did manage to make myself paint completely silver but is was a tussle LOL!
    Regardless of size the Orion is a great looking and flying model.

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    Thanks for starting this thread, John.

    How could I forget about the Centuri Orion. While I did not get an actual Centuri Orion in my collection until about ten years ago, it is a truely 'classic' kit design in every sense of the word.

    For NARAM-48 I built a Neubauer Orion II, which is an upscale 2.6" diameter model. My timing was good as the founders of Centuri, Lee & Betty Piester, attending NARAM-48. I asked Lee to pose for pictures with the Orion II and a picture of me with the Orion II made the cover of Sport Rocketry magazine.

    I've only flown it once, on an AeroTech E15-4W motor. Nice flight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Initiator001 View Post
    Thanks for starting this thread, John.

    How could I forget about the Centuri Orion. While I did not get an actual Centuri Orion in my collection until about ten years ago, it is a truely 'classic' kit design in every sense of the word.

    For NARAM-48 I built a Neubauer Orion II, which is an upscale 2.6" diameter model. My timing was good as the founders of Centuri, Lee & Betty Piester, attending NARAM-48. I asked Lee to pose for pictures with the Orion II and a picture of me with the Orion II made the cover of Sport Rocketry magazine.

    I've only flown it once, on an AeroTech E15-4W motor. Nice flight.
    Bob IIRC that first picture reminds of a Sport Rocketry cover.

    Greg

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    No wraps, but I had the nose cone, so I made do.
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    Centuri - Orion Gallery

    I've just started the Semroc
    Baby
    ORION
    on my building blog at:
    www.modelrocketbuilding.blogspot.com

    A nozzle will be added to the 13mm engine mount and all the little details to the wraps.
    Later in the build I'll show how to mask and spray paint just the upper half of the nose cone.

    Lots of new curves on this one. Stop by and build along!

    Post copied to gallery with permission
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    Here's my scratch version. A 2x upscale I built a couple years back. It has flown on a G-80.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MartinVrstal View Post
    Here's my scratch version. A 2x upscale I built a couple years back. It has flown on a G-80.
    Those nose cones look familiar!
    "I'm a sandman. I've never killed anyone. I terminate runners when their time is up." Logan from "Logan's Run".

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    They should...You do nice work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MartinVrstal View Post
    They should...You do nice work.
    Twice!
    "I'm a sandman. I've never killed anyone. I terminate runners when their time is up." Logan from "Logan's Run".

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    Orion kit from FSI.

    Here are a few pics of the Orion I am offering as a kit from FSI. The casting of the nose cone is still being engineered but I am including a balsa nose cone for now. The body wraps are resin castings. The pod nose cones are resin castings. The motor tube is a 24mm for better power. The fins and pod stand offs are precut balsa. There are no decals yet. There is no baffle as I don't feel it is needed. The rest is the same!

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