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When I was a kid

It is a bit strange how time flies. I am an adult now. Have been one for a while :) But I very much remember how much I wanted to launch rockets when I was a kid. I don't remember how I learned about it but I think it might have been in magazines like Boys Life.



Boys Life

I am not sure but I sure do remember that magazine. There were always lots of great articles, projects and subjects in that magazine.

I never did get to build and launch rockets when I was a kid and I don't remember why. Maybe my parents thought it was too dangerous. Or maybe I never asked. Well, that was a time gone by. And it really is a great thing that as we grow up we get to do those things. Now I have the time and the money to make/launch rockets.

And one thing that is surprising to me is how cheap the hobby is. You can do the whole thing for around 35 dollars. Yup. that will get you everything. And for some reason I think this is so cheap. Maybe when I was a kid 35 dollars was a lot of money, and I guess that is true.

Now that I have grown

And now that I have grown I am able to experience model rocketry. And share it with my sons. It's something that is really special to me. This is an old picture and there are a few years between then and now but it was special and I still enjoy rocketry.

I guess I am trying to say that if you have been thinking about doing something like this then you should just go for it. It is an inexpensive hobby and a whole lot of fun. And if you have children it will be something they will remember.

I have selected some basic stuff for you to look over. There are a few kits that give you everything except the engines that propel the rockets.

This set includes the launch pad and two rockets. You will need to also buy engines and some AA Batteries. You get to have some fun putting the rockets together too.

The Tandem X Rocket Kit

Tandem X Launch Set Estes Rockets This kit comes with complete materials for two rockets and the launching pad. In order to use these rockets you do need to purchase some additional items and you will need a few basic tools. I have a tutorial right here on this site that takes a good look at this kit.


Estes 1469 Tandem-X Launch Set

Two is better than one! You'll get X-tra value with the Estes Tandem-X Model Rocket Launch Set. This exceptional rocket set features a pair of extreme, high performance rockets with a launch system for launching them. Whether you're a new rocketeer or a seasoned veteran, launch in tandem for an exciting model rocket experience! The E2X (Easy to Assemble) Amazon is as imposing as the name sounds. This giant towers almost three feet (91 cm) high and is quick and easy to build! A tiger-striped body tube, precolored plastic nose cone and fins and self-stick decals make building this rocket easy to do in about an hour. When flown on our standard engines, this huge rocket can reach heights over 650 feet (198 m) with recovery on a colorful 18 inch (46 cm) preassembled parachute. The Crossfire ISX is a Skill Level 1 kit that can easily be built in about a day. This rocket features a totally streamlined shape with aerodynamic fins and nose cone. It stands 15.6 inches (39.6 cm) tall. When launched with powerful Estes standard engines, this bullet can reach cloud busting heights up to 1,200 feet (366 m). A preassembled 12 inch (30 cm) parachute returns the Crossfire back to earth to launch again and again. Glue, modeling tools and Estes engines required - sold separately. The Electron Beam Launch Controller uses 4 AA 1.5V batteries - sold separately.


Estes 1491 Taser Launch Set

The Taser is a stunning rocket that's capable of subduing anything out there that's dangerous! The Taser Launch Set from Estes is an exciting, radically designed high altitude rocket launch set from the E2X (Easy to Assemble) series. The rocket kit features a brightly colored one piece body tube, molded plastic fin set and bullet shaped nose cone. Simply glue a few rocket pieces together, apply the colorful self-stick decals and in less than an hour you'll be ready for the launch pad! The Taser rocket is 16.5 inches (41.9 cm) tall. With its custom three-fin design, it climbs to an outta sight altitude of over 1,000 feet (305 m). A bright-colored 12 inch (30 cm) preassembled parachute returns this rocket back to the launch site. You'll be ready in minutes for another extreme launch experience! This launch set comes complete with the Taser rocket, Estes controller and launch pad. Glue, engines and 4 AA batteries required (for your controller) - sold separately. Recommended for ages 10 and up with adult supervision for those under 12.



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