I'm trying to decide whether to go for a kit for my first rocket or dive in and scratch build one. I've got reasonable skills from other hobbies over the years like model boat building, general modeling from kits, building my own computers and other DIY hobby things so feel OK with scratch building a rocket. I've downloaded and had a play with a couple of rocket design programs that seem to hold your hand well through the design phase especially with them showing the center of mass/gravity and center of pressure. Also reading through the rather good rocketry education resource I found on Apogee Rockets website that has really helped me get my head round things :-) One of the things I'm interested in is mounting a camera, so guess that means a larger rocket.
I guess my question is in a couple of parts, firstly should I buy a kit and learn a bit more about the working from something known to work or scratch build something from a computer design or plans, secondly what sort of size should I be looking at to be able to lift a camera and lastly if I did go with a kit what would you recommend?