Next 8 Static "First Fleet" photos.
All these 1st fleet photos are alphabetical rather then by date of construction as my current 2nd fleet and Micro fleets are numbered. Hope that doesn't confuse anyone. That said each is dated so their era can be easily identified.
Another minor point of intrest: These are all first generation Poloroid photos. one would take the photo pull it from the camera then wait 60seconds for it to develop after which the photo had to be coated with a thick goo applicator to perserve the photo. I'm sure you'll see some of the streaks from this applacation but that was the way it was back in the Dark ages LOL!
One of my all time favoite scale subject has and still is the Boeing Bomarc. My first attempt was Estes Mini-Bomarc in canadian Grey. As the years went by I've dicovered I really perfer the Bomarc Test flight Black, White and Phenolic Copper color scheme. Actaually the Phenolic raydome nose is not a copper color at all but in most scale photos it "appears more copper then anything else so that's what most go with.
Next is one of my favoite boost gliders. The Estes NightHawk BG. An outstanding Sport Glider, this one I added a Hawks bill to the glider and planned on feather detailing the wings but is was destroyed before I got to that stage
While I do not have a NightHawk in my current 2nd fleet, I do have it one in the que for micro maxx building. Sooooo many rockets Soooo little time.
First Omage 2 stage and Cineroc Super-8 movie camera was a joy to build and fly. Over this models brief 3 year life if flew often on the old D13-0/D13-5 combination with and without the Cineroc. over those 3 year I collected about 12 Cineroc movies 11 of which were also lost in the break-in. The one that survives has been transferred to VHS..DOO now I need to transfer to a thumb drive
as Luck would have it the original Cineroc camera was safely in the appartment went the rest of the Omage was in my storage unit. The Cineroc is still in working order today but I only have one film cartridge so it hasn't flown recording in about 30 years. It has flown on a Cloned Omage twice in fairly recent year just for fun.
Estes Orbital Transport intrigued me from it's introduction. This first fleet example flew sever times before being stomped into dust outside my appartment building by vandels.
Centuri Orion was one of those " Must Have" rockets in the early 70's, Flying on B and C motors it was on the heavy side but very impressive on the pad.
As I recall: My 2nd or 3rd PMC was the "Aurora" 1:144th scale Pan Am Space Clipper "Orion". This model has an off-set C6-3 only motor the extends outside the rear of the model more the 2/3rds of the motor. Very large clear .030" Lexan fins. This PMC flew very well until being lost in the break-in. For years I searched without much luck for a replacement until about 1983 when AirFix released their version which did not include the Pan-Am decals. I had to custom design and print my own on paper and glue them on the replacement model.
Last is the Centuri Payloader-II: Always a great flying payload model. back in the day it flew a number of electronic sensors and water capsules just to see how much mass I could lift with B & C motors.