Hello all, and welcome to my first post on the boards. Unfortunately my history in rocketry is very brief and not terribly exciting, so I'm not sure I'll be much of a contributor. Model rocketry was something that I did a handful of times with my father (now passed away) when I was very young, and I can remember parts of it to this day. I now have children that are now the age I was then, and I decided to give them the same experience. It's not entirely selfless - I'm equally pscyhed to get back into it myself.
My return (if you can call it that) to the hobby started last Monday, when I bought an Estes launch kit at a Hobby Lobby. I'm glad to have the launcher, but I was a bit disappointed in the ease with which the included rockets went together. One of the things I remember was prepping the parts, assembling, painting, and embellishing. Seems like Estes did all of that for me with these two.
A bit deflated, I went to a much more local hobby shop and came across the Starlight kits. I even managed to find one that closely resembled the rocket I launched as a child (as I remember it). The kit was MUCH more like what I remember, and I had a great time building it. I left off my perfectionist hat for this one, with the thought that I might quickly destroy it in flight during my first launch this weekend. I do, however, sense the struggle between perfectionism and "who-cares-if-it-crashes" in my not-so-distant future. Perhaps some display rockets and some launching rockets? Time will tell.
In any case, I just thought I'd say hello, rather than lurking unregistered. I'll be reading!