Semroc USS Andromeda?

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  1. Nov 12, 2018 #1

    MALBAR 70

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    I was browsing through the latest edition of Sport Rocketry Magazine when I noticed an ad for the new Semroc USS Andromeda. I looked on the eRockets site but there seems to be no mention of it. Is there anybody out there with any details?
     
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    I see that the Andromeda fins are available at eRockets. I thought I saw Phil building the prototype, but I'll be there tomorrow night and can ask for details.
     
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    The Andromeda fins have been there awhile. It's the Estes version, you can tell by the catalog #:FES for Estes. I ordered them about a year or so ago for my Estes clone. Might be a possible new Retro Repro coming up. Still waiting for the MX Omega shown in the Semroc catalog.
     
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    I can tell you that they don't just slap a bunch of stuff together and throw it in a bag. I've seen some of what they do to release a kit when I get there early for our weekly build sessions. I probably missed a step or two, but these are at least some of the many steps to release a kit:

    Decide on a design
    Will the design sell enough to justify creating it?
    Create the Bill of Material
    Create instructions
    Build a prototype
    Fly it a few times
    Make changes if needed
    Make a few kits and have people build them to verify the instructions and Bill of Material (I've done this part)
    Make changes if needed
    Build another prototype if significant changes were made to the bill or instructions
    Repeat the previous steps as needed
    Create a production plan, which parts can be made and which are ordered
    Make sure inventory and staffing can support planned production
    Order parts if needed
    Schedule the production
    Go into production
     
  5. Nov 13, 2018 #5

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    Thanks for the info Zeus. I have a set of the Semroc fins and the card stock centering ring set as well.
    I just found it strange that I saw an ad for it before it was released.
    The Andromeda has always been one of my favorite Estes designs and I'm super excited to see a Semroc version in the works.
     
  6. Nov 14, 2018 #6

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    I talked to Randy this evening and he said they are waiting for delivery of several parts for the kit.
     
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    Carl had several parts cut for the USS Andromeda (rings and fins) that I remember. We were always running out of them. So glad Randy is bring the kit into production, I know it will be popular.
     
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    I'm sorta hoping Semroc does a production run. I built an Andromeda in 79' IIRC.

    I think I would also like to do a BT60/BT80 upscale, someday...
     
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    Interesting that the decal sheet for the Andromeda has an image of the archer, Sagittarius.
     
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    I was at eRockets and I talked to Randy yesterday about this.
    He said they're waiting on a order of body tubes to come in.
    He said they may not be able to release it until very early 2019.



    Thanks,
     
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    It is coming guys. The instructions are almost finished. Waiting on decals to arrive. These will be screen printed water slide not laser printed. That's part of the delay. Using the same fins but upgrading the body tubes a little bit. We hope you'll be patient with us.
     
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    I'm happy to wait for them to be done right! All the Semroc brand kits I've seen from e-rockets are a class act...I'm sure Carl would approve. Upscales are great too. Val Derkach has flown a very impressive one out here at SDTRA that must be about a 2.5x.
     
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    Are you sure it was not the USS Andromeda from MoreRockets.com ?

    There is also an original Andromeda on E-Bay right now, if you are willing to pay the price...
     
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    Does anyone know what E-Rockets is doing for the foil wrap? That is probably the most difficult part of this model to procure.
     
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    They are using their laser to burn/darken lines on adhesive backed aluminum wrap around thingees. On Tuesday night I saw the prototype built by Phil and it looked goooooood.
     
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    I am planning also on a build. Got the laser cut fins from Erockets and I forget where I ordered the decals. The Andromeda was one of my favorites!
     
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    Looks like the intro of the Semroc USS Andromeda must have been delayed ("Available Jan. 2019"). Understandable considering all the things that need to come together in launching a new kit. Anyway, does anyone know what happened to the Semroc MX Omega? I understand they were doing fields tests some months back. It's in the Semroc 2018 catalog, but haven't heard anything since. Kitbasher? Zeus Cat?
     
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    I'm giddy w anticipation! The Andromeda is my all time fav rocket - bar none! (pun?) I may have to buy 2! :)
     
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    My favorite too. <=== As seen in avatar.
     
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    Any updates on the impending release of this kit?
     
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    Thought I saw something on the erockets website a couple of weeks or so ago. IIRC it said "Coming in July". But then it disappeared after a couple of days. Good to see them trying to get it right instead of rushing to put it out. I've built my share of unstable kits from manufacturers who only care about the $$$$$. Cheers.
     
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    I talked to Randy at the club launch yesterday. He said that they are waiting on a tube and decals. He wants the decals to be just right and so far he doesn't have them of the proper quality. Hopefully in June.
     

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