I paint crummy rockets. That's not totally my fault, as I have a disability that makes it hard to hold my hands steady for painting . Normally, that's not too much of a problem with newer models that I fly a lot, but I hesitate to buld any of my vintage collection because I know that I won't be happy with the results.
Enter cardstock rocketry.
When I found this forum and the cardstock rocketry site, I was hooked. I built every plan I could find...which let me fly some nice classic designs without opening classic kits or painting. Which got me thinking....could I do this?!
I bought a copy of Corel Draw and began playing with it. Before long I had a handle on the basics and was able to make a BT-5 downscale of my very first rocket in 1986, the Estes Blazer. But what I really wanted to get into was Centuri downscales.
I found all my old models that I had brought home from the hobby store in the late 80s, many of them on the handlebars of my Huffy. After a bit of time and some computer magic, I came up with the fleet as pictured: From Left:
Astro-1 (Thanks HCMBanjo!)
And on the Powr-Pad is the Screaming Eagle. Not shown (currently drying) is the Javelin, Nova and the Star Trooper.
Thanks to Eric T, Bob H, HCMBanjo and anyone else I'm forgetting for the inspiration, these are really fun to make
Also excuse my mess, the rocket cave is a bit dirty. In the background is a MRC Hornet downscale and a Estes Cold Power motor...