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Any model rocketeers here?

 
 
Reply Wed 8 Dec, 2010 12:17 pm
I'm supposed to reasearch model rocketry and I really don't know where to start.

I need to know the basics on how to pick out a decent, beginner's rocket. Also, what do I avoid?

There are more than two million websites devoted to model rocketry but I would love to hear from someone with real world experience.

Anything helps!
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Ragman
 
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Reply Wed 8 Dec, 2010 12:27 pm
@boomerang,
There's this old crazy guy in North Korera that might be reading this....careful.

Seriously, there's a ton of info here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Model_rocket
boomerang
 
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Reply Wed 8 Dec, 2010 12:34 pm
@Ragman,
Thank you!

I think I should have said I'm supposed to research one to buy, though.

My brother lives in South Korea so I most certainly don't want that NK nut getting any ideas!
ehBeth
 
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Reply Wed 8 Dec, 2010 12:38 pm
@boomerang,
these guys might be able to help you out

http://www.oregonrocketry.com/?page_id=266

http://www.oregonrocketry.com/?page_id=6


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High Seas
 
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Reply Wed 8 Dec, 2010 12:45 pm
@boomerang,
This is a reliable site with free videos from a good (real) rocket engineer; he also has a book for beginners
http://www.apogeerockets.com/getting_started.asp
If I don't see you before Christmas, all good wishes to you and family.
boomerang
 
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Reply Wed 8 Dec, 2010 12:46 pm
@ehBeth,
Neat!

Unfortuanetly the person I'm supposed to be looking for one for doesn't live in Oregon.
boomerang
 
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Reply Wed 8 Dec, 2010 12:48 pm
@High Seas,
Very cool!

Way over my head -- I can't build stuff but Mr. B probably could! I just don't know if he'd have time before Christmas.

Happy holidays to you too, High Seas!
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boomerang
 
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Reply Wed 8 Dec, 2010 12:53 pm
@High Seas,
Oh!

They have lots of great advice on where to start and they even sell kits!
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Setanta
 
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Reply Wed 8 Dec, 2010 01:10 pm
You put that rocket down right now, young lady . . . you could put your eye out ! ! !
boomerang
 
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Reply Wed 8 Dec, 2010 01:22 pm
@Setanta,
But I'm damn well going to do it in style!
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Setanta
 
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Reply Wed 8 Dec, 2010 01:23 pm
Hehehehehehehehe . . . i suspect you do everything in style . . .
ehBeth
 
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Reply Wed 8 Dec, 2010 01:26 pm
@boomerang,
I thought they could advise you.

I know that I'd go to the model shop at the end of the street if I had questions - they don't seem to care (much) if they're going to make a sale or not. They're keeners.
boomerang
 
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Reply Wed 8 Dec, 2010 01:32 pm
@Setanta,
I love people's scars.

I finally just quit asking how they got them because it was always more fun to imagine them living through a lion attack thank hearing aobut yet another car accident.

But putting your eye out with a rocket!?

That would make a great story.
Setanta
 
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Reply Wed 8 Dec, 2010 01:33 pm
Keeners? They wail a lot?

The Online Dictionary wrote:
A professional mourner who wails at a funeral.

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Rockhead
 
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Reply Wed 8 Dec, 2010 01:33 pm
@boomerang,
and an ugly scar...
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boomerang
 
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Reply Wed 8 Dec, 2010 01:33 pm
@ehBeth,
You're probably right but I thought I'd do a little reconnaissance here first. I'm always more comfortable when I have at least a vague idea of what I'm looking for/know what to ask.
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InfraBlue
 
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Reply Wed 8 Dec, 2010 02:15 pm
Estes Rockets makes very good pre-assembled (RTF-Ready To Fly) rockets for beginners, and they sell entire kits that include everything that you need to get started in model rocketry.
boomerang
 
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Reply Wed 8 Dec, 2010 04:24 pm
@InfraBlue,
Thank you! Those look really great!

Are you a rocketeer?

If so, do you think a 10 year old would enjoy something she had to build more than something that was ready out of the box? She enjoys making things but is not particularly handy with tools, etc.
InfraBlue
 
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Reply Wed 8 Dec, 2010 05:58 pm
@boomerang,
Oh yeah, I was into rockets as a kid, and then more recently I got a RTF kit because my daughter showed interest in it. It's a lot of fun.

As a ten year old I was into model building. Some kids have the patience, others don't. My brother who's only a year older than me couldn't be bothered with model building.
djjd62
 
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Reply Wed 8 Dec, 2010 06:04 pm
loved this comic book
http://www.scenicreflections.com/ithumbs/The_Rocketeer_Wallpaper_JxHy.jpg

and the movie was okay too
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