Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by bigone5500, Mar 19, 2006.
As a kid in 1978 or 79 I got an Alpha 3 starter set. Lost it on the third flight that first day when dad wanted to see it go on a C with a very low cloud ceiling!
When returning to the hobby in the early 90s I again got an Alpha 3 starter set.
Well it wasnt a kit but a quest RTF starter set(christmas 2001 i think).Then i did scratch building until a buyed a PML xcalibur.
I'm not positive of the kit, but I believe it was an Estes Wizard. It was a required build for a Weapons System Engineering class, and each group was assigned to build one model stock, one model unstable, and one model marginally stable (where CP transitioned through the CG during flight). All 3 were thrown out upon completion of the course requirements.
First one I built as a rocketeer was an Estes Hi-Flier. 5 flights (more like "escape attempts) later, it's been retired, and is still one of my nicest paint jobs yet.
1979: Estes Wizard.
An Estes Beta back in 1977. My brother also bought a Beta, painted it white with metal flake burgundy and lime stripes, flew it once, and quit the hobby. I did mine in the catalog paint scheme.
My first rocket kit was the MPC Moon Go, but I couldn't get engines. A few years later I bought my Estes Citation Quasar starter set and that's the first rocket I flew.
Alpha III starter kit, 1975. Introduced to rocketry by David Lee, Charleston, SC. Thanks, David, where ever you are.
A John Bonsor workshop rocket. I've never built a kit.
...circa 1968 was an Astron Alpha, painted all white, with a single red fin and a red nose cone (no decals). AND --- painted with "airplane dope"!
Boy, compared to all the fancy primers and finishes we have today, it was primitive. Launched on an old Estes Electro-Launch, too!
Estes Patriot Starter Set. In those days, even starter sets had balsa fins which needed to be glued and aligned. (I sound like an old-timer but that was only 1992. )
I still have the Patriot. And the launch pad. With a larger deflector plate, a solid steel 5mm rod and stakes on the legs, that pad has sent off some fairly large models!
Why start with Alpha?
My first kit was a BSD 38 Special
Ditto. I still have it, actually! I'm thinking about doing an upscale of it sometime...
My first BAR rocket was the Big Daddy, I think. Can't remember now - they all kind of blend in with each other after awhile. My first MPR was the Initiator.
In the beginning it was an Eastes Alpha...
...on my return trip (B.A.R.) it was an Aerotech Aerreux (pronounced Aero)
Oh man, yer my hero! I *loved* the birdie (have several that I still fly )
Any other of us "oldies" have rockets that we *still* fly that we've been flying longer than many of these respondants have been *in* the hobby?? Or am I the only one flying rockets from the 60's/70's?? (naw, I can't beleive *that*! )
Heck, that Sprint'73 of mine was the *most* flown, but it ain't the *oldest* that I still fly...
My first rocket was the plastic RTF 13mm X-15 that came with it's own launch pad...
My first rocket that required building was an Astron Mark II.
Man, I wish I stll had some of those rockets, but sadly they are all gone...
Little Joe II
and numerous others...
all gone, oh well such is life. I'll just have to rebuild them
The ones I have that I have flown recently are:
Astron Sprite (1967)
Big Bertha (1967)
Astron Cobra (1967)
Orbital Transport (1972)
Astron Mark II (1971)
Astron Spaceplane (1967)
Orbital Laboratory (scratch 1972)
Built but not flown recently:
Saturn V (1972)
Cherokee D (1972)
Star Dart (1972 - not painted yet)
Astron Shrike (1972 - not painted yet)
I started fairly recent (late 90's) with a Supershot starter set
which was basically a Bandit and Twister with launcher system.
I still got both rockets, although the Supershot-Bandit is retired
due to flight damage. I can remember how excited I was to fly
the rockets for the first time.
I'm not sure on this because it's a long time ago, but I think the Alpha III starter kit was mine, around 1979. I still have the whole setup including the rocket. I still fly it regularly as my wind tester because it's so beat up and ugly now, I really don't care if I lose it. Most of the other rockets I had at the time are gone now, including the Estes Icarus (treed about 10 yrs ago) and Blue Bird Zero (crashed/destroyed about 3yrs ago). But I do still fly the Javelin that came as part of a combo pack with the Super Flea which I lost 2 years ago. That would be my other oldest rocket that still survives from that time.
Don't believe it... The vintage birds I've flown recently include
- Red Max
My first rocket was a scratch build in my 6th grade class, 1973. First kit was, argghh, I think it was an estes screamer, but I don't remember, I must be getting senile !.
MPC Martian Patrol 1972
Estes Alpha, 9 years ago.
first rocket ever built and flown was in grade school. An estes Wizard. Thought it was the coolest thing ever. Still have it
Don't know why, but I like that one too. There was one on display at Narcon, cool.
That was my Martian Patrol on display at NARCON. Flies just like I remembered.
Alpha III starter kit.
Big Bertha - we had no idea about building rockets, crashed on 1st launch.
Alpha III starter was the 1st that went together right and flew well. It has 15 flights under its belt and is still going up everytime we launch!!
Tom and Mags
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