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    Centuri - Astro 1 (KB-17 or #5047) Gallery

    Welcome to the Centuri Astro 1 (KB-17 or #5047) Gallery on TRF.

    This gallery showcases the Centuri Astro 1 (KB-17 or #5047) and those rockets derived from it. Particularly appropriate in this thread are the following:


    Centuri: Astro-1: KB-17 or #5047
    Centuri: Visible Astro: KC-10 of #5070
    Chris Michielsson: Mini Astro 1:
    Semroc: Astro-1: KV-30
    Semroc: Astro-Jr: KA-4



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




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    Centuri Astro-1 (KB-17 or #5047) Basic Information

    Centuri Astro-1 (KB-17 or #5047) Basic Information.

    Centuri Engineering

    MODEL NAME: Astro-1 Also known as:

    NUMBER: KB-17 or #5047

    Introduced: 1969
    Final Year: 1983
    Designer:

    Type: Sport
    Motor Mount: 1x18mm
    Recovery: Parachute
    Stages: 1
    Length: 16"
    Diameter: 1.05"
    Span:
    Weight: 1.1 oz

    Mfg. Description: Easy and fast to build, ASTRO-1 is an excellent starting kit for the beginning rocketeer. Its high performance design assures you excellent, high altitude flights every time. Upon ignition, ASTRO-1 zooms hundreds of feet into the sky and returns safely by a large red and white parachute. Kit comes complete with parachute, colorful decals, "Quick-Change" engine mount and step-by-step illustrated instructions. (Centuri 1969 Catalog)

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    This world famous sport flying rocket is easy and fast to build. Astro-1 is one of Centuri's most successful and popular kits for the aspiring modeler. High performance design, streamlined profile, and rake-back fins assure a perfect, high altitude flight every time. Astro-1 streaks hundreds of feet into the sky, returning safely on a large red and white chute. Decals included. (Centuri 1970 Christmas Catalog)

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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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    Semroc Astro-1 (KV-30) Basic Information

    Semroc Astro-1 (KV-30) Basic Information.

    Semroc Astronautics

    MODEL NAME: Astro-1 Also known as:

    NUMBER: KV-30

    Introduced:
    Final Year:
    Designer:

    Type: Sport, Clone
    Motor Mount: 1x18mm
    Recovery: Parachute
    Stages: 1
    Length: 17.2" (43.8 cm)
    Diameter: 1.04" (2.6 cm)
    Span: 4.7" (12.0 cm)
    Weight: 1.1 oz (31.2 g)

    Mfg. Description: 1969 Retro Repro


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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 Visible Astro (KC-10 or #5070) Basic Information

    Centuri Visible Astro (KC-10 or #5070) Basic Information.

    Centuri Engineering

    MODEL NAME: Visible Astro Also known as:

    NUMBER: KC-10 or #5070

    Introduced: 1971
    Final Year: 1971
    Designer:

    Type: Static Display
    Motor Mount: Dummy
    Recovery: Parachute
    Stages: 1
    Length: 18"
    Diameter: 1.03"
    Span:
    Weight:

    Mfg. Description: An unusual and interesting display model, the VISIBLE ASTRO is ideal for use in explaining the workings of a model rocket. The clear plastic body reveals all the internal components including a beautifully molded plastic cutaway version of a typical model rocket engine. (Centuri 1971 Catalog)


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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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    Semroc Astro-Jr (KA-4) Basic Information

    Semroc Astro-Jr (KA-4) Basic Information.

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    MODEL NAME: Astro-Jr Also known as:

    NUMBER: KA-4

    Introduced: 2004
    Final Year:
    Designer: Carl McLawhorn

    Type: Sport, Downscale
    Motor Mount: 1x13mm
    Recovery: Parachute
    Stages: 1
    Length: 14.9" (37.8 cm)
    Diameter: 0.908" (2.3 cm)
    Span: 4.1" (10.4 cm)
    Weight: 0.7 oz (19.9 g)

    Mfg. Description: The Astro-Jr is a smaller scale version of the original Astro-1 by Centuri Engineering Company. The original Astro-1 was released in the 1969 Centuri catalog. It was one of the first model rocket kits to incorporate the “Quick-Change” engine mount that became a standard in model rocketry. Designed to be an excellent beginner’s kit, the Astro-1 became the first rocket for thousands of new model rocketeers. The “rake-back” fins were so different that many were built incorrectly with the fins glued on
    to resemble the Estes Alpha. The Astro-1 was Centuri #KB-17 and was introduced with a price of $1.75.

    The Astro-Jr is designed to use 13mm mini-engines for smaller fields. Altitudes from 200 to 500 feet are possible. The Astro-Jr uses precision laser-cut fins, smooth body tube, and a sanded balsa nose cone to maintain the original look and feel in a slightly smaller package. A 12” multi-colored parachute is included for safe recovery. (Instruction Blurb)


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    Chris Michielssen Mini Astro 1 Basic Information

    Chris Michielssen Mini Astro 1 Basic Information.

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    MODEL NAME: Mini Astro 1 Also known as: Centuri Astro 1

    NUMBER:

    Introduced:
    Final Year:
    Designer: Chris Michielssen

    Type: Sport, Downscale
    Motor Mount: 1x13mm
    Recovery: Streamer
    Stages: 1
    Length: 8.5"
    Diameter: 0.543"
    Span:
    Weight: 0.25 oz

    Mfg. Description: The Centuri ASTRO 1 is BT-5 based and stands 8 1/2" tall.

    It'll scream to narly 500' on a 1/2 A3-4t with streamer recovery. You'll just need a nose cone with a little nose weight. (2013 Chris Michielssen Blog Post)


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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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    Semroc - Astro 1 Gallery

    My Semroc Astro 1 rocket with home made decals in black:

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    Astro-jr: A fine little Semroc retro model. Pretty sure it's the same model??
    still 18mm motors
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    Astro 1 is ST-10 and 18mm mount. Astro Jr. is ST-8 and 13mm mount. Astron is ST-8 and 18mm mount with streamer recovery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BEC View Post
    Astro 1 is ST-10 and 18mm mount. Astro Jr. is ST-8 and 13mm mount. Astron is ST-8 and 18mm mount with streamer recovery.
    That may be what's written on the website BEC, but the bagged Kit I got from Semroc Clearly said Astro-jr and it flys on 18mm motors. Perhaps mis-packaged? but the decals are clearly for Astro-jr as well.
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    I am flying an Astro Jr. that has a 13mm motor mount. I suppose I could check the other kit I have stashed. Perhaps the kit has been revised in the five years since you built yours? I've only been back at this for about 2.5 years so none of my Semroc stuff is older.

    The Astron has recently gone to TTW fins...though the first ones were surface mount, so Carl does update things.
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    Centuri/Semroc Astro-1

    This is a nice Retro-Repro Astro-1 from Semroc. This is the rocket that spawned the down-sized Semroc Astron and Astro Jr. Originally a Centuri kit and one of the two first rockets that I built as a kid. I don't remember what came first the Astro-1 or the Snipe Hunter, but I bought them at the same time. I went with a non-stock paint scheme as I do remember painting my first Astro-1 with Testor's metallic purple as that was the color I had painted a model car with and I wanted to incorporate some purple on this model.

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    That is a mighty fine looking rocket with a really cool paint scheme.
    The process is continuous...

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    Agreed! Very nice paint scheme.
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    I need one of these in my build queue!

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    Centuri always made sharp looking rockets. Too bad Centuri doesn't exist anymore.
    Plays with wood, cardboard, and carpenters glue at home.

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    If I remember right, mine was one of the first ten kits produced, but I built it anyway. Pretty much a bone stock build. I like Leo's black decals better.




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    JAL3, shouldn't this thread and the other Astro-1 thread be merged? Kind
    a lonely here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by foamy View Post
    JAL3, shouldn't this thread and the other Astro-1 thread be merged? Kind
    a lonely here.
    I was not aware of another thread. Do I have it lumped in with another rocket?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JAL3 View Post
    I was not aware of another thread. Do I have it lumped in with another rocket?
    It's late for me and I'm not sure what you're asking, but there's this thread we're on http://www.rocketryforum.com/showthread.php?t=29283
    and this one: http://www.rocketryforum.com/showthread.php?t=24741 which Fishhead just posted another great example of an Astro-1 (not too partial to this rocket am I?).

    I don't know, but you have all the (considerable) pre-amble-type footwork done on this thread and it might be nice to cross thread or add that one to this one. I don't know how that works. But, thanks for all the work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by foamy View Post
    It's late for me and I'm not sure what you're asking, but there's this thread we're on http://www.rocketryforum.com/showthread.php?t=29283
    and this one: http://www.rocketryforum.com/showthread.php?t=24741 which Fishhead just posted another great example of an Astro-1 (not to partial to this rocket am I?).

    I don't know, but you have all the (considerable) pre-amble-type footwork done on this thread and it might be nice to cross thread or add that one to this one. I don't know how that works. But, thanks for all the work.
    You got it right and they are merged now.

    I REALLY DO appreciate it when people point out my foul ups. That gives me a chance to try and correct them.

    Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.
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    She said, "Make up your mind, you can't do both!":cry:

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    I cloned this one from JimZ ... I had the Centuri tube from the 70s in my parts box, and when I was looking for some balsa, found a set of die-cut fins in a "Box 'O Cones" Centuri sold in 70s (rejected cones and balsa sheets) that suddenly looked very familiar I had 2 of 3 fins from a semi-original set!! There were some of the orange nose cones in the box too.

    I printed the decal on a laserjet printer.

    After I had the cone painted and started to glue the shoulder in place, the cone cracked ... so I went back the cone box and found a balsa cone.

    So, I have clone of a 70s rocket with mostly 70s parts.
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    I guess we've decided the Astro-Jr is okay here, right? I got this as a bonus on a Semroc order, probably one of my first orders from them.
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    Here's my carded ASTRO 1 downscale
    built around a BT-5 body tube it stands 8 1/2" tall.

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    Great small field flyer with 1/2A3-4t engines.
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    Here is my Semroc Astro 1 and a 2 X upscale.

    Astro 1, big and little by stefan_e_jones, on Flickr

    The upscale has surface mounted (I'd change that if I made another) 3/16" hard balsa fins; it uses the 2" Centuri tube and a whopping big balsa cone from Semroc. Other than the rounded tip, it is pretty much the same proportional size and shape as the original ST-10 cone. The parachute was 21" nylon octogon made from a toy umbrella.

    I flew the big guy twice on a D12-3 last weekend. It flew really nicely!
    Last edited by StefanJ; 18th July 2014 at 04:23 AM.

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    I still have an original Century Astro 1 that I still fly.
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    So do I

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