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Hello! I'm looking for a new hobby and it seems pretty interesting here. I am interested in a lot of things related to space. Hope to find some good ideas here for me. Now I have a lot of free time. And almost always I read news about rockets, satellites, and stuff like that. I especially like the idea of space tugs for refueling, servicing satellites, and capturing space debris.
 

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Welcome!!! Good luck in your new hobby... You should remember a few things...

The pointy side goes up.
If the pointy side is pointed down, you're not doing things right.
Launching is optional, landing depends on trees.
When in doubt, ask before acting.
 

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Welcome aboard. I got back into rocketry in the spring of '19, after a 40 year hiatus. What sort of rockets appeal to you?
 

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Welcome. I would mostly echo others' recommendations.

One thing you didn't mention is whether you have any model-building or crafting experience. That is certainly helpful, but everyone has to start somewhere. The NAR page has a good section on building techniques.

Far and away the best thing to do is to get involved with a local club.
+1000

Even if you're hesitant about *joining* a club, or the clubs seem like they might be a bit too far away for regular involvement, at least get yourself to one club launch. It will really fire up your enthusiasm (if it doesn't then pick a different hobby), and you will learn a lot very quickly.
 

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welcome, rocketry guys and gals are always fun to be around, and building rockets is a great way to spend time in this life.
 

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Hurrah! I finally found an active community. Lots of good recommendations just for the welcome post. Thanks to all. There are several space companies doing tests here. Which interested me. I especially liked that there will be developments of the atomic engine again. (This I definitely can't do)
 

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Hurrah! I finally found an active community. Lots of good recommendations just for the welcome post. Thanks to all. There are several space companies doing tests here. Which interested me. I especially liked that there will be developments of the atomic engine again. (This I definitely can't do)
Well remember this is model rocketry, everyone is interested in space but this is not an outer space organization. The space race did cause the creation of the hobby. So go to a store and buy a introductory launch set, rocket , pad and controller and work your way up to more complex and, or bigger kits. Too many people see this group and think they can find out everything they need to know, not exactly, which is why the Estes and NAR sites are good to go to.
 

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Welcome. Some of the responses here are very USA-centric. Tripoli (tripoli.org) has affiliates around the world and there is a UK specific sub-forum here, but I can't say how active it is. Are brick and mortar hobby shops disappearing over there as they are here ?
 

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Tom;

Another nice thing you'll find about rocketry is there is a huge amount of different ways to go about it. A lot more variety than people realize. As long as you do your best to fly safely, we'll help you fly the way you want to fly. Big, small, conventional, odd, competitive, for fun.... it's all good.

-Hans
 

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:welcome:
They're motors not engines!
And the best glue is laminating epoxy with fillers as needed!
:);):D:rolleyes:
(Just trying to start a fight. Those two topics probably push more peoples' buttons than any other topics.)

And again...Welcome! You'll like it, people here are probably better-behaved than on most other forums. (fora?)

Best -- Terry
 

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Hello! I'm looking for a new hobby and it seems pretty interesting here. I am interested in a lot of things related to space. Hope to find some good ideas here for me. Now I have a lot of free time. And almost always I read news about rockets, satellites, and stuff like that. I especially like the idea of space tugs for refueling, servicing satellites, and capturing space debris.
Welcome to Rocketry !

If you have a "thick skin" and can sort through all of the various "personalities" on the Forum, there is a wealth of information here !

Dave F.

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I got back into the sport about 4 years ago after over 30 years of inactivity, so im basically a BAR (Born Again Rocketeer). I started back up because my 11 year old son expressed interest in it when we found a box of rockets for $10 at a yard sale. Then I pulled out my original Astrocam 110 from 1979 that I had in storage, and he was hooked. Its easier to do now that I am the dad and have a job so I can buy my own kits when I want to.
I've been teaching him how to build them (though he likes flying them more, go figure). I just completed building an Estes Saturn 5 that I have been trying to get the time to build for the last 2 years, and its finally ready for paint.
I was thinking of painting it by hand instead of spray paint cause the taping off will be a nightmare. Any suggestions?
Paolo
 

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I think one thing that gets overlooked sometimes here is that there's two right ways to fly: safely and in a way that you enjoy. The first is non-negotiable, of course. Ont he second, there are lots of different ways to fly--low power to high power, maximum performance to low and slow, scale or not, kit or scratch, beautifully painted or a coat of spray paint slapped on with drips and runs (or not painted at all!), Rocketpoxy or WEST, etc.

There's lots of inspiration here in the various forums for different approaches to all of these dimensions. And sometimes people will tell you that there's One True way and anything else is heresy. Except for safety (and there's sometimes room for discussion there, too), take that with a grain of salt. That's the One True Way and anything else is heresy. 😀
 

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welcome. The people here have a wealth of knowledge about rocketry from lpr to hpr and everything in between so just ask or search first then ask.
 

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I just completed building an Estes Saturn 5 that I have been trying to get the time to build for the last 2 years, and its finally ready for paint.
By the way: you're better off posting JPEG files here, rather than HEIC. I changed my iphone settings to always store as JPEGs just to avoid this problem (Settings -> Camera -> Formats -> Most Compatible).
 

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Well remember this is model rocketry, everyone is interested in space but this is not an outer space organization. The space race did cause the creation of the hobby. So go to a store and buy a introductory launch set, rocket , pad and controller and work your way up to more complex and, or bigger kits. Too many people see this group and think they can find out everything they need to know, not exactly, which is why the Estes and NAR sites are good to go to.
Again, everything you stated is what may happen in space exploration, so as Neil stated do you have modeling experience? Have you launch or seen a model rocket...cub , boy scouts, 4 H club ,TV Big Bang theory, current drug company commercial etc? Don 't want you to get mislead or disappointed?
 
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