Centuri - Explorer (KF-9 or #5179) Gallery

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  1. Dec 20, 2010 #1

    Initiator001

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    Just before NARAM-52, Semroc announced a line of new kits known as Ready-To-Build (RTB).

    Semroc had all the RTB kits at NARAM-52 and I couldn't make up my mind which ones to buy so I just bought one of each of them. :eek:

    The RTB kits use a neat concept where the modeler builds the 'core' of the model and then the airframe, fins, etc. fit around the core.

    I've been trying to decide which of my RTB kits to build and decided on the Mini Explorer. I had already built the Semroc SLS Explorer so the 'Mini' would make a nice companion to the SLS version.

    The build was straightforward, as it is with all Semroc kits. :)

    I had hoped to fly it today but it was raining and the launch was cancelled. :(

    I will try to fly it next year. ;)

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  2. Mar 23, 2011 #2

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    Hi!

    Just finished my SLS Explorer and was looking for a spot to show off :) Good thing the search works well - and I found a thread that pointed towards this thread.. Just one post here??

    Anyway, I *just* finished the model, thought I'd do a little spiral work. Here's a shot after the final coat of varnish. Happy the way it worked out. I'll post some more decent "show" pictures later this week. I just hope it flies as it looks :)

    FWIW, I've been lurking in this forum for some time now, started model rocketry last year June. Got addicted :) I live in the netherlands and am pretty jealous of those wide american areas where you can play around with big stuff..

    oh well, small stuff is awesome as well!

    Marco

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  3. Mar 23, 2011 #3

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    Welcome, Marco!

    Your Explorer looks good!

    I've only flown my SLS Explorer on C11 and D12 motors, so far. ;)

    Post your flight results and pictures.
     
  4. Apr 9, 2011 #4

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    This afternoon I finally had the chance to launch the rocket on our event.
    Beautiful sun, almost no wind.
    She flew wonderful on a D12-3!

    Here's a pic, shot against the sun - great for rocketry:
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  5. Feb 7, 2009 #5

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    Welcome to the Centuri - Explorer (KF-9 or #5179) Gallery on TRF.

    This gallery showcases the Centuri - Explorer (KF-9 or #5179) and those rockets derived from it. Particularly appropriate in this thread are the following:


    Centuri: Explorer: KF-9 or #5179
    Semroc: Mini Explorer: KA-22
    Semroc: SLS Explorer: KV-56



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


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  6. Feb 7, 2009 #6

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    Centuri Explorer (KF-9 or #5179) Basic Information.

    [​IMG] Centuri Engineering

    Explorer, Explorer Sounding Rocket

    KF-9 or #5179

    Introduced: 1965
    Final Year: 1971
    Designer: Lee Piester

    Type: Sport
    Motor Mount:
    Recovery: Parachute
    Stages: 1
    Length: 27"
    Diameter: 1.75"
    Span:
    Weight: 3.9 oz

    Mfg. Description: Extremely versatile!!! The Explorer may be powered by either Atlas or Hercules series engines. Upon ignition the Explorer streaks to altitudes approaching 2000 feet. With the addition of a payload section, it can carry your payload to upper atmosphere altitude. (Centuri 1965 Catalog)

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    Extremely versatile!!! The Explorer may be powered by either the "E" of "F" type MINI-MAX engines shown on pages 64 and 65. Upon ignition the Explorer streaks to altitudes approaching 2000 feet. With the addition of a payload section, it can carry your payload to upper atmosphere altitude. (Centuri 1967 Catalog)

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    1968 Catalog text identical to 1967 Catalog

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    Extremely versatile!!! The Explorer may be powered by either the "E" of "F" type MINI-MAX engines shown on pages 86 and 87. EXPLORER streaks to extremely high altitude when powered by the F94-7 engine and returns safely by 18" silk parachute. Kit comes with pre-installed engine mounts and shock cord/secure cable. (Centuri 1969 Catalog)

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    Extremely versatile!! The Explorer can be powered by either MINI-MAX or ENERJET 'E' or 'F' type engines. EXPLORER attains extremely high altitudes with the ENERJET F67-9 engine. Recovery is by 18" silk parachute. (Centuri 1971 Catalog)

    [​IMG] Centuri 1965 Catalog [​IMG] Centuri 1967 Catalog [​IMG] Centuri 1968 Catalog

    [​IMG] Centuri 1969 Catalog [​IMG] Centuri 1971 Catalog


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    First post in this thread featuring this rocket.

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    If you have any additional information on this rocket and/or catalog photos please let us know.
     
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  7. Feb 7, 2009 #7

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    Semroc Mini Explorer (KA-22) Basic Information.

    [​IMG] Semroc Astronautics

    Mini Explorer

    KA-22

    Introduced: 2010
    Final Year:
    Designer:

    Type: Sport
    Motor Mount: 1x18mm
    Recovery: Parachute
    Stages: 1
    Length: 16.3" (41.4 cm)
    Diameter: 1.04" (2.6 cm)
    Span: 3.5" (8.9 cm)
    Weight: 1.3 oz (36.9 g)

    Mfg. Description: DESC

    [​IMG] Semroc 2010 Web Ad

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    First post in this thread featuring this rocket.

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  8. Feb 7, 2009 #8

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    Semroc SLS Explorer (KV-56) Basic Information.

    [​IMG] Semroc Astronautics

    SLS Explorer

    KV-56

    Introduced:
    Final Year:
    Designer: Lee Piester

    Type: Sport
    Motor Mount: 1x24mm
    Recovery: Parachute
    Stages: 1
    Length: 28.7" (72.9 cm)
    Diameter: 1.84" (4.7 cm)
    Span: 6.3" (16.0 cm)
    Weight: 5.8 oz (164.6 g)

    Mfg. Description: 1967 Retro Repro (Semroc 2011 Web Ad)

    [​IMG] Semroc 2011 Web Ad

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    First post in this thread featuring this rocket.

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    If you have any additional information on this rocket and/or catalog photos please let us know.
     
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  9. Mar 18, 2013 #9

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    Well I got One Yes And Zero No's so here is my all cardboard take on one ...24mm mount explorer.jpg
     

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