# Who has there very 1st rocket?

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#### Cape Byron

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I still have my first rocket, an Estes Arcas K-26 from 1968. From that era, I also still have my Astron Ranger K-6 and an Honest John K-27. Here is a picture from 1968 with the Arcas just before her maiden flight. Nice memories.
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That's one way to get the pad out of the grass.

#### JPalmer621

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Mine is an old X-ray from 1978

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#### RocketTree

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First is an Estes Star Orbiter. Had one flight with an E16 BP motor.

#### gldknght

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My first rocket was the Estes Challenger 1, during the summer of 1978. The rocket body and nose cone separated at ejection due to a faulty shock cord mount installation (my fault). Back in October I was able turn an Estes E2X into an Estes clone of the Challenger 1. It's not my original rocket, but is close enough:

#### arconhi

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My first rocket was an Estes Alpha 3 in 1976. It CATOed about 40 feet off the launch pad. I did a clone of it and launched it for the forty year anniversary of my first launch. The clone flew straight and true, with a perfect recovery. I guess a little experience and a lot of luck paid off
I remember this rocket well. They must have made a million of them. A fun flyer.
Don’t you wish you could borrow a time machine for just one day and revisit some of those great moments
Yes, it would be nice to go back to those days. Here is my Rocketarium "Viking 7" Sounding Rocket I am putting together. A few more steps and ready for painting.

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#### ATJOE1972

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I remember this rocket well. They must have made a million of them. A fun flyer.

Yes, it would be nice to go back to those days. Here is my Rocketarium "Viking 7" Sounding Rocket I am putting together. A few more steps and ready for painting.
Wow! Your Viking 7 is coming along nicely. Hopefully you’ll have a shot with it before March, while you still have that big field

#### arconhi

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Wow! Your Viking 7 is coming along nicely. Hopefully you’ll have a shot with it before March, while you still have that big field
Thank you. Yes I will get it flying there. Sometimes life and weather throws us a curve ball and delays us. Also the WAC will fly too.

#### RalPh8

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My first was an Estes venom from the late 90s. She still flies!

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#### arconhi

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When I went to mid power in 1987. My first was an NCR Aerobee Hi 29mm. Lost it first flight. Here is # 2 in 1989 with and F20WL. Still have him. Nice impressive flight and recovery. 2.70 Diameter and 43 inch airframe. Watching it float down gracefully with a 24 inch parachute was awesome.

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#### arconhi

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Wow! Your Viking 7 is coming along nicely. Hopefully you’ll have a shot with it before March, while you still have that big field
Yes, we are supposed to get another one after this one.

#### GlenP

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not my first rocket, but the only rocket from my childhood collection that I did not lose, or damage beyond repair, is the Centuri Flying Saucer. Still a big hit with the scouts at our launch a few years ago...

#### green dragon

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Don't have any of my early rockets, long lost.

I do ,however, have my brothers first rocket he built - and Estes Alien Invader, circa 1978-9.
Spent about 6 months in a tree many many years ago, finally recovered. Needs a total restore, but has good memories, faded brushpaint, crooked non airfoiled fins and all. Need to grab a pic to post.

#### arconhi

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Don't have any of my early rockets, long lost.

I do ,however, have my brothers first rocket he built - and Estes Alien Invader, circa 1978-9.
Spent about 6 months in a tree many many years ago, finally recovered. Needs a total restore, but has good memories, faded brushpaint, crooked non airfoiled fins and all. Need to grab a pic to post.
Me too from the 70's. Is the Airframe still good on the Invader? It should be beacause of the paint. I had and Estes "Der Red Max" hung up in a tree for months and when I got it back after snow and rain it was still in flyable shape.

#### ATJOE1972

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Thank you. Yes I will get it flying there. Sometimes life and weather throws us a curve ball and delays us. Also the WAC will fly too.
Can’t wait to see them flying You can add wildfires and pandemics on the checklist of launch cancellations as well

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Fun times

#### Stewman

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Cool pics - looks like a Big Bertha, which was one of earlier rockets from 1968 that I still fly, and do I see an Estes Tilt-a-Pad?

#### arconhi

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These are great photos of yesteryear. A rarity. This brings back memorys when I first started in the 70's. Fun times it was and its still fun with all the new technology we have now. I remember having the Wooden Altiscope with the fluid in the tube and the steel bar that you pressed up against it to see where the bubble stopped at.

#### arconhi

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Can’t wait to see them flying You can add wildfires and pandemics on the checklist of launch cancellations as well
In case you have not checked it. Sirius Rocketry has the Semroc Nomad kit ( retro) for \$17.09 USD.

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#### arconhi

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I remember this rocket well. They must have made a million of them. A fun flyer.

Yes, it would be nice to go back to those days. Here is my Rocketarium "Viking 7" Sounding Rocket I am putting together. A few more steps and ready for painting.
Here is a photo of the rocket in the catalog .30 inches with 1.64 airframe diameter.

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#### arconhi

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I still have the Alpha I built in June 1997, and I fly it about once a year. A motors only, I will not risk its loss. It did make its annual flight on an A3-4 Q-jet this year for a little change of pace.
I would nurse it on low power also. To good to lose. So far this Sunday looks good for weather if you are still interested in flying here. I will keep and eye on the developements of the weather. No problem if you can't make it. Here is a couple of photos of the Rocketarium "Viking 7"kit Im building. The finished photo is how I will paint it. Jimmy

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#### bronicabill

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My first Estes rocket was the Astron Falcon boost glider... back around 1970 or so. Never flew it under rocket power but enjoyed gliding around the back yard. No telling what happened to it as it's been LONG gone.

However, I do still have what was probably my third Estes rocket built around 1980-84; a two-stage model with clear payload section (can't remember the name of the rocket... it's been too long ago). I didn't fly it until around 15 years ago for the first time. I didn't stage it properly and the booster section got stuck on the upper stage after booster burn-out, and it cooked the booster section quite thoroughly! I did rebuild it but the paint match is no longer perfect since the original white paint is somewhat yellowed with age. Oh well, it still flies!

Edit to add: Did some research and figured out the rocket name in question was the Hercules, kit #1377.

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