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5 months 5 days ago #10883 by tlainhart
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Last night when I went down to my basement, I could have sworn that some of my mid power rockets gave me dirty looks. I think they fear having to share flight time with the 3" 29 mm School Rocket I ordered. I was wondering if anyone else in the club has flown a School Rocket?
 

I've not flown a School Rocket, but those half-built rockets sprawled on my worktable have been giving me dirty looks for ignoring them for so long.

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5 months 5 days ago #10884 by deangelo54
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Both my 1" and 3" School Rocket kits arrived today. The parts for both kits are very high quality. The 3" kits comes with 1/4" plywood CR's and 1/8" plywood fins. The 34" pre-slotted air frame and 11" NC appear to be Estes compatible. Since I will be using E's and F's for the 3" kit, I will use wood glue. Both kits are my Christmas gift from the family so I will not start the build until the 25th.

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5 months 4 days ago #10886 by alexrocketry
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I have been doing business with Bill and Mary Ann Saindon of BMS since the 90s. They are great! Bill cut most of the parts for Pyramid Rocketry and I had him cut some custom parts for a professional project when I finished my Ph.D. I am glad they are still making kits! They are not doing custom parts anymore, near as I know, but they are a solid dealer of Aerotech motors. 

Cheers, Alex

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5 months 4 days ago #10887 by deangelo54
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BMS is a scratch builders paradise. Of the 102 flights I had this year, 62 were by scratch built rockets. Great prices, fast delivery and excellent service.

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4 months 3 weeks ago #10895 by deangelo54
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On Tuesday, December 28th I started working on the 1" School Rocket and finished the next day. I will have to hand paint it if I want to fly it at the Winter Follies.

I assembled the payload section for the 3" School Rocket. It is compatible with the Estes Door Knob kit so I may use if for that kit instead. On to the motor mount.

What are you all working on during this off season?

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4 months 3 weeks ago #10896 by TimDawson
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My Boyce Nike Hercules is all dressed up and ready for clear coat. I just got the Estes Doorknob. It is all white right now and I said earlier that I was going with the blue paint scheme. I looked into it more and Estes calls that their "Sport Deco" version, meaning there has never been a real rocket with that paint scheme. My fleet can use an orange rocket. And today, I just received my long term winter project. It is an old PML Striker kit that E-Rockets still had. Striker isn't a real missile, but I'll dress it up to look like the Hellfire. I may even try to put some small fins in the nosecone, like the Hellfire. I'll be doing a write-up on the Nike Hercules soon.

Thanks for asking!

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