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    Centuri - Thunder Roc (#5340) Gallery

    Welcome to the Centuri - Thunder Roc (#5340) Gallery on TRF.

    This gallery showcases the Centuri - Thunder Roc (#5340) and those rockets derived from it. Particularly appropriate in this thread are the following:


    Centuri: Thunder Bird: #5339
    Centuri: Thunder Hawk: #5338
    Centuri: Thunder Roc: #5340
    Semroc: ThunderBee: KA-1
    Semroc: ThunderChief: KA-7
    Semroc: ThunderStrike: KA-16



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

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    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 Thunder Roc (#5340) Basic Information

    Centuri Thunder Roc (#5340) Basic Information.

    Centuri Engineering

    Thunder Roc, ThunderRoc, Thunderroc

    #5340

    Introduced: 1980
    Final Year: 1983
    Designer: Bill Stine

    Type: Sport
    Motor Mount: 1x24mm
    Recovery: Parachute
    Stages: 1
    Length: 61.5"
    Diameter: 1.64"
    Span:
    Weight: 6.6 oz

    Mfg. Description: Biggest kit in the Centuri line, Thunder Roc lumbers off the pad under Super-C power, Or, remove the convertible engine mount and fly it with a D engine. Two 16" parachutes bring the big bird back for another exciting flight. (Centuri 1980 Catalog)

    Centuri 1980 Catalog Centuri 1982 Catalog Centuri 1983 Catalog





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    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 ThunderStrike (KA-16) Basic Information

    Semroc ThunderStrike (KA-16) Basic Information.

    Semroc Astronautics

    ThunderStrike

    KA-16

    Introduced: 2009
    Final Year:
    Designer:

    Type: Sport
    Motor Mount: 1x24mm
    Recovery: Parachute
    Stages: 1
    Length: 50.7" (128.8 cm)
    Diameter: 1.34" (3.4 cm)
    Span: 8.9" (22.6 cm)
    Weight: 3.4 oz (96.5 g)

    Mfg. Description: DESC

    Semroc 2011 Web Ad

    First post in this thread featuring this rocket.

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    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 ThunderBee (KA-1) Basic Information

    Semroc ThunderBee (KA-1) Basic Information.

    Semroc Astronautics

    ThunderBee

    KA-1

    Introduced: 2004
    Final Year:
    Designer:

    Type: Sport
    Motor Mount: 1x13mm
    Recovery: Streamer
    Stages: 1
    Length: 14.7" (37.5 cm)
    Diameter: 0.543" (1.4 cm)
    Span: 3.3" (8.5 cm)
    Weight: 0.3 oz (8.5 g)

    Mfg. Description: DESC

    Semroc 2011 Web Ad

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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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    Semroc ThunderChief (KA-7) Basic Information

    Semroc ThunderChief (KA-7) Basic Information.

    Semroc Astronautics

    ThunderChief

    KA-7

    Introduced: 2009
    Final Year:
    Designer:

    Type: Sport
    Motor Mount: 1x18mm
    Recovery: Parachute
    Stages: 1
    Length: 31.9" (81.0 cm)
    Diameter: 0.908" (2.3 cm)
    Span: 6.1" (22.6 cm)
    Weight: 2.1 oz (59.6 g)

    Mfg. Description: DESC

    Semroc 2011 Web Ad



    First post in this thread featuring this rocket.

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    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 Thunder Hawk (#5338) Basic Information

    Centuri Thunder Hawk (#5338) Basic Information.

    Centuri Engineering

    Thunder Hawk, ThunderHawk, Thunderhawk

    #5338

    Introduced: 1980
    Final Year: 1983
    Designer: Bill Stine

    Type: Sport
    Motor Mount:
    Recovery: Streamer
    Stages: 1
    Length: 21.5"
    Diameter: 0.716"
    Span:
    Weight: 1 oz

    Mfg. Description: A great performer, this sleek long Thunder Hawk is easy to build and impressive in the air with flights to 1,000 feet. Streamer recovery slows the model's descent to a gentle landing. The Thunder Hawk is ideal for beginners and a super quick kit for more advanced rocketeers. (Centuri 1980 Catalog)

    Centuri 1980 Catalog Centuri 1982 Catalog Centuri 1983 Catalog





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    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 Thunder Bird (#5339) Basic Information

    Centuri Thunder Bird (#5339) Basic Information.

    Centuri Engineering

    MODEL NAME: Thunder Bird Also known as:

    NUMBER: #5339

    Introduced: 1980
    Final Year: 1983
    Designer: Bill Stine

    Type: Sport
    Motor Mount: 1x18mm
    Recovery: Parachute
    Stages: 1
    Length: 41.75"
    Diameter: 1.0"
    Span:
    Weight: 2.7 oz

    Mfg. Description: BIG, EASY & IMPRESSIVE!

    A great demo bird, the long, thin Thunder Bird is recovered by a large 20" parachute. Two piece body assembles quickly and easily. Add this big bird to your fleet today! (Centuri 1980 Catalog)


    Advertising Liveries

    1980 Catalog


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    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 - Thunderstrike Gallery

    My son painted this rocket in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Scouting. A true crowd pleasure when he brought this out last summer during the packs summer time activity.


    Thunder Strike

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    Semroc - ThunderBee Gallery

    Since I really like simple, classic rockets the Semroc Thunder series is right up my alley. I just finished this ThunderBee, their 13mm, minimum diameter, rather long-ish rocket. The paints are Rustoleum white and key lime (from the 2x line). The green extends further up the tube than the cover art shows (due to an 'oops' when spraying the white), but I'm happy with the results.

    I hope to fly this one soon.

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    Good look'in rocket. Another one to put on the build list. Or maybe it's next tallest brother.

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    Here's mine, my second Thunderbee build.

    I've flown mine plenty with a stash of old 1/2A3-5m MPC Minijets.
    You'll be amazed at the performance on a A3-4t, it can reach 700'!

    Be ready, the fins can crack at the root edge joint if it lands on a hard surface.
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    My Thunderbee
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    Centuri - Thunder Roc (#5340) Gallery

    My Thunderchief

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    Daniel

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    Don't have one of semrocs Clones but do have an original from the Old Centuri Thunderhawk Series. This was one of my son's favorite flying models. it still is a great crowd pleaser on B and C motors.

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    My clone has led a rough life. I built it using an Estes Mean Machine kit that I got with a 40% off coupon at Hobby Lobby. I made the decals myself with inkjet paper from Bel. Surprisingly great flier, but I set mine up for the Estes E9 and on one flight got an E9-1 when I was expecting an E9-4. Estes response at the time was to mail me a new coupler. (Glad there's a new regime at Estes.)










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    Centuri - Thunder Roc (#5340) Gallery

    Just thought I would post a pic of my Thunder Family.

    Thunder Roc, Thunder Bird, and Thunder Hawk.

    The Thunder Bird is all original the other two are clones but with authentic recovery systems.

    Post copied to gallery with permission
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    My Semroc Thunder Bee
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    Thunder Chief - Great Flyer!

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    Here is my Centuri Thunder Bird. Built it sometime in the 80s, so it's around 30 yrs old. Flew it only a handful of times back then. Ever since it has been on display in my home. Took these pics today of it, one with flash and one without. The white paint has yellowed a bit over the years but the pics don't really show it. Maybe I should fly it again.....


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    The Thunder family: Thunder Chief, Thunder Strike, Thunder Storm, Thunder Bee, Thunder Roc, Thunder Hawk, and Thunder Bird. Three are SemRoc kits, three are clones, and the Storm is an assumption as to size.
    Mike Rohde, NAR 89414, SAM 0114, NARTrek Silver

    2016 motors thru 12/10/16- 1/8A-1, 1/2A-20, A-39, B-46, C-56, D-10, E-7 =1238 n/s(175 flights)
    2017 motors thru 6/4/17- 1/2A-3, A-3, B-26, C-18, D-4, E-3, F-1 = 506 n/s (56 flights)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RocketRohde View Post
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    The Thunder family: Thunder Chief, Thunder Strike, Thunder Storm, Thunder Bee, Thunder Roc, Thunder Hawk, and Thunder Bird. Three are SemRoc kits, three are clones, and the Storm is an assumption as to size.
    You need a Thunder Chicken. Think BT-80.
    NAR 79563

    2014 motor usage: 60 flights: 1/4A - 2, 1/2A - 2, A - 23, B - 24, C - 1, E - 3 = 257.287 Ns
    2015 motor usage: 122 flights: 1/4A - 10, 1/2A - 14, A - 50, B - 16, C - 19, D - 5, E - 8, F - 2 = 825.3574 Ns

    FLEET PICS! http://www.rocketryforum.com/album.php?u=395
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    Only three of the series: Thunder Bee, Thunder Chief, Thunder Strike. All from Semroc. Love their kits.
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    Semroc Thunder Strike

    This is not a Centuri model Retro-Repro. It was hard to take a photo. I didn't care for the Thuder Strike decals and so, didn't use them.

    From Semroc:
    The ThunderStrikeTM is the fifth largest member of the Thunder-kit series. It is based on a design produced by Centuri Engineering in the early 1980’s. Each member in the family of seven is about 1.25 times the size of the previous member. All of the Thunder-kits are designed for the same long-and- lean look providing slow, realistic liftoffs. The ThunderStrikeTM is great kit for entry into mid- power.
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    I originally got my Thunder Roc as a promo/freebie (I ordered a lot from Centuri) My parents thought it was a mistake and made me send it back Six weeks later it came back with a note telling me that it was MINE!!! Man I wish I still had it ,it was tossed in the trash and it only flew twice.
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    Bump for editing
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    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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    ThunderBee and recently completed (not flown yet) ThunderChief from Semroc. With the impending closure of Semroc I also bought a ThunderStrike and at some point I guess I'll have to make a HPR ThunderRoc clone which will give me rockets 1,3,5,7 in the series
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    Added a new member to the fleet:
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    These rockets remind me of the Apogee Aspire

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    I had the Centuri Thunder series fleet at one time, and I lost them all. Here are some screen grabs from an old Super 8 film that was converted to DVD. This is me at 12 years old in the summer of 1980 with my Thunder ROC. My brother is catching it. Apologies for poor image quality.
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    I still have and occasionally fly my son's Centuri ThunderHawk.
    It was one of his Favorite flying models in the early 1990's. His log book showed 23 flights on this model A8-3 to C6-7's. When he left home it handed this model to me asking that I keep it and fly it as long as I could. It's been my pleasure to launch it at least once a year since then.
    Always a Super flying model. Long ago I traded the supplied chute for a 2" x 30" mylar streamer to help ensure it comes back on whatever motor is flown

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