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Welcome to (formerly Essence's Model Rocket Reviews or EMRR). is the home of almost 5000 reviews of rocketry kits and products. Written by visitors to like you, the reviews cover everything from low-power model rocket kits to high-power rocket motors.

The site's Flight Log allows you to record and share your rockets and their flights.  The Builds feature helps you document your rocketry projects. 

At, you'll also find a large collection of rocketry resources such as a list of rocketry clubs, a calendar of rocketry events, and large libraries of OpenRocket design files and Rocksim design files. A number of rocketry tools and calculators are available to help you design, build, and fly your rockets.

As you explore, you'll also find a number of fun things such as a huge library of rocketry videos and a collection of photo albums. Community

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You can now manage your Flight Log at While you can continue to manage your Flight Log here (and the information is shared between the two sites), I encourage you to try using the new site.

The forms at for entering and editing flights are much better than the ones here and they will continue to be enhanced as time goes by.

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Today's Featured Review

Scratch - Lil' Ivan Upscale (Upscale)


Contributed by John Bergsmith

Uscale Lil' IvanBrief:
The Lil' Ivan was originally a kit from Centuri, but now produced by Semroc. For whatever reason it's been a favorite of mine and I wanted a larger version. This version upscales to a BT-80 for a scaling factor of 1.61 for a design using a 24mm motor mount.

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Today's Featured Flyer

David Barber

AKA: Astronot

Location: SouthWest Georgia

Certification Level: L1 NAR

Club Memberships: NAR, SoAR

Favorite Rockets: Big Bertha, Alpha & Alpha III, Saturn V, Gemini Titan, Mercury Redstone, Mercury Atlas, V-2


I am a BAR.  I first got into model rocketry in 1982.  I used to fly my rockets at an unsued industrial park just a short walk from my home.  I flew rockets with a few of the local neighborhood kids.  I owned approx. 12 kits back then.  I am slowly rebuilding my original fleet through cloning or purchase of OOP kits.  I am also buying, cloning, and building kits that I wish I could have owned as a kid. I bought a built some rocket kits with my two boys in the late 90's but it never really took hold.  I bought an Estes V-2 kit back in 2000 from Hobby Lobby and never built it.  My two daughters ages 8 and 10 discovered it and kept after me to build it, plus they wanted some kits of their own.  In May of 2013 I bought some more kits, plus motors, we built but we couldn't find a decent place to fly, I also finally built my V-2 Rocket, by the way.  I looked online for places to fly rockets and discovered a semi-local club.  The girls and I joined, and we flew our rockets, and I don't know what happened, but I was hooked again, and I have been hooked ever since.  My oldest daughter is still pretty involved, and my youngest joins in when she feels like it.

I'm heavily involved in model rockets but also pretty involved in MPR and HPR.  I am currently Level 1 Certified as of 2-25-14.  I ceretified on NAR Level 1 with a Madcow Aerobee 150a on a CTI 110-14 motor. The rocket flew approx 2300 ft, and was recovered via parachute on a single deploy configuration.



Favorite Quote:

"Research is what I'm doing, when I don't know what I'm doing." - wernher von braun


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My Goonybirds

GoonAries SST.5

Right Side Shot

Photo by Steve Lindeman

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Aero-TV: AIA's Audrey Koehler - Launching Our Next Generation Pt. 1

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Uh-Oh! Estes retail prices are going up on April 1, 2014 Here's a few examples: 1261 Baby Bertha $13.99 2264 12" Parachute $ 3.99 1225 Alpha $16.99 2265 15" Parachute $ 4.29 3217 Vagabond $23.99 2267 18" Parachute $ 4.99 3221 QCC Explorer $22.99 2271 24" Parachute $ 5.49 Estes parachute prices in 2010 were ridiculous! That year the retail price for a 12" parachute was $8.29 Three years ago, Estes brought out the new retro print parachutes. The prices were reasonable. In 2011 the retail price for a new retro print 12" parachute was $1.39 You wanna try ...
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