1930's Rocket Model Spaceship: Who makes kits?

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  1. Dec 27, 2018 #1

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    I was thinking that I saw something on a company that makes model rockets that look like 1930's spaceships. Kind of like the rocket on "The Rocketry Forum" logo.

    Does anyone know of a company that makes these rockets?

    Because I am toying with the idea of turning a free flight model of a spaceship into a rocket glider. Hold on to your butts.....

    I have built many rocket gliders. And I fly RC aircraft.

    And here is a "Windbag" free flight model: https://outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=8632
     
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    Not so much V2. More like Flash Gordon.

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    Kinda reminds me of the Dragonship or the recent Moonbug2 (scratch project). Thats definitely a cool design and really should be very doable. The question is how much noseweight. SCP offered the TRFKAB as a short run kit.
     
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    Eventually, I want to turn the Windbag into a rocket glider. Here is the Windbag:

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    Pemberton's "Bucky Jones" is on my build list:

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    Canted motors (2 or 4) in the side pods to move weight forward, fold nose wings back during boost. It would only be about 12" long with 18 mm motors :D
     
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    I'm guessing that the Windbag is mostly paper with a small gas propeller engine in front. If so, to make it into a model rocket glider in the same fashion would be very difficult considering that the rocket exhaust would be near paper.
     
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    Thanks for all the comments and feedback. Here is the Plan of Action:

    1) Mega Rebel from Rocketarium. I think I need to build and fly this rocket, to get a feel for structure and performance.

    2) Windbag. I need to build an RC model, and get a feel for construction and flight performance. (I fly rc aircraft.)

    Once I have accomplished these tasks, then I can make a better decision on how, and IF, I should proceed.

    By the way, love the Flash Gordon rocket (jcrockets). Got to give that a try sometime.

    Anything I do, I will post.
     
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    If you just want a feel for structure and performance, you could build the Retro Rebel rather than the Mega Rebel. Same design, but smaller and more economical. Construction is easy, like a jigsaw puzzle, as it is just fitting together interlocking plywood pieces. But because it's plywood, rather heavy for it's size. For your own design, you could sub balsa or basswood. The tough part is not the assembly, but the design. The interlocking slots must be precisely cut. Cheers.
     
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    Very cool! :)
     
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    Pemberton Tech. Look for the Space ARK 38" tall (38mm Motors) or the Space Ark Jr. 16.35" tall (24mm motors, Incl AP C and D). They also sell the TRF Logo Rocket But that is 18mm Motor size. I would go with the Space Ark 38" for a 30's Rocket But I like BIG Rockets.
     
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    Magma Mountain Rocketry! Here are a few samples of my retro designs. Some are yet to be tested. 18mm through 29mm motors. Just putting these out there to spark some creative thought. :)

    Abadoos.jpg BakJaKai.jpg Corzot.jpg Flane.jpg GalacticExplorer.jpg HHR53.jpg HHR88.jpg Richter.jpg SlipStream.jpg Talon.jpg
     
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    Here's the Abadoos on its most recent mission.

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    LOVE THEM!!!!!!!
     
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    I'm a huge fan of these old sci fi designs. So glad to find this thread, these retro "rocket ships" have an undeniably innate coolness factor that can't help attracting attention even sitting still.
     
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    Don’t forget the Little Lunar E press from Public Missiles. The have great kits.
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