Bill Eichelberger's Page

AKA: Wallyum, Fishhead, Fire Marshall Bill

Location: Ft. Thomas, KY

Certification Level: NAR - Bronze

Club Memberships: Wright Stuff Rocketeers,Dayton,OH,QUARK,Cincinnati,OH

Favorite Rockets: Estes Condor, Estes Satellite Interceptor, any Goony, Semroc Lil Hustler, Centuri Raven, Centuri USS America, Centuri Mach 10, FSI Viking


First started flying in the summer of 1977.  Lost interest in college, made the classic mistake of giving almost all of my rockets away, then started over in the early 90's after my son was born.  Sam and I flew an occasional mix of semi-RTF stuff until my brother in law took me to a launch in Cleveland in 2001, after which the bug bit hard once again.  Since then I've gone with the occasional ebbs and flows of the hobby, seen a lot of changes, made a lot of friends, and lost a great field.   

Favorite Quote:

"No one respects the flame quite like the fool who's badly burned" - Pete Townshend Pages:



Semroc - Groonie V 1/2


Wiggled some on the climb out, but no windcocking for a second straight flight. Recovered deep in the beans. - C6-5 - WSR Cornfield, Cedarville, OH [More]


Estes - Antar


Somewhat low level flight with surprisingly no windcocking. Recovered across the creek and eventually retrieved by Prez Dave in a humanitarian gesture. - C6-5 - WSR Cornfield, Cedarville, OH [More]



Semroc - Groonie Star Snoop


Odd flight. Wiggled twice on the way up, once just after it left the rod, once just before ejection. Ejection charge didn't completely clear nose cone and it some in semi-ballistic. Parachute deployed after the bounce. Turned out the parachute took the brunt of the ejection charge, which blew ... [More]



Estes - Mega Mosquito


- E28-5 - SRA [More]



Estes - Jinx


Arced out toward short right to around 200'. Streamer worked to perfection and it recovered on the grass behind short. - 1/2A3-4 - Fabulous B6-4 Field, Ft. Thomas, Kentucky [More]


Estes - Mach 12


Excellent first flight for the day, but showed just how strong the breezes were coming out of the east. Altitude was excellent, maybe too much so. Topped out around 400', but began drifting toward the hill behind left center field. Landed almost at the top, way too close to the trees, but safe. - ... [More]


Estes - Courier


Fourth flight of the day, and I was joined for my recovery team from 2021, who pointedly told me they were third graders then, but were now sixth graders. Followed the same flight path as the Jinx, but nose blow recovery brought it down behind second base. - 1/2A3-4 - Fabulous B6-4 Field, Ft. ... [More]


MPC - Nike Patriot


Windcocked off the pad and flew out over US 27. Recovery crew headed up the hill, and I was afraid into traffic, but the old Nike did an about face at ejection and began heading back toward the infield. Recovered in the muck at third. - B6-4 - Fabulous B6-4 Field, Ft. Thomas, Kentucky [More]


Estes - Challenger-1


Fairly straight off the pad to 250', then recovered surprisingly deep in center field. - A8-3 - Fabulous B6-4 Field, Ft. Thomas, Kentucky [More]



Rockets Gone Bad


Estes Mini Max A10 CATO



Quest - Bright Hawk


I built the Brighthawk for a review back in 2004 and gave it to one of the kids who was watching. Got it back a year or so ago and tried to fly it, but the glue on the centering rings had failed. Replaced with new motor mount last night and today it got flown for the first time in 18 years. ... [More]



The Launch Pad Anubis (Clone)


      Brief  With The launch Pad possibly in permanent hiatus, I had no way of satisfying my craving for cool scale-like kits.  Bummer, but since the website and all the face cards from the kits were still online, I decided to try building something using just the ... [More]



Estes - Beta


Back in 1977, a friend who lived two doors up from me launched what I think was an Estes Scout from his backyard.  A group of us were there to watch and expected the typical big explosion as the finale, but we were told that despite what looked like an M80 being loaded into the back end, the ... [More]



Rocket Development Corporation V-Max Clone (Clone)


    Brief   I spent many years working third shift, which occasionally allowed me to cash in on some really cool late night "Buy It Now" deals on eBay.  In this case it was a used nose cone lot, the star of which was an RDC-625 nose cone, or a reasonable facsimile ... [More]



MRC Firefighter (Kit)


Back in the early days of my BAR-dom, I discovered the wonders of Ebay, which allowed me to pick up two MRC kits, the Firefighter and XR-20, on the cheap one night.  I was pretty pumped at getting two OOP kits for the price, but when they arrived, the bulk of my enthusiasm ... [More]



Logix Explorer (Kit)


Back in 1977, one of the Christmas gifts that I most looked forward to opening was the Science Fair SFX-4000 Aeronautical Lab Kit from Radio Shack.  I'd been flying for all of six months at the time and the idea of digging deeper into the science of aeronautics was oddly appealing to a ... [More]



Semroc Saki (Kit)


At first glance the Semroc Saki appears to be an Estes Goonybird Cloud Hopper with different paint and decals, but comparing the two side by side tells a different story.  They share the same basic shape, but little else, as the Saki is not only larger than the BT-60 Estes bird, ... [More]



Estes Mega Mini Max (Modification)


  Just your basic plain Jane Estes Mini Max with some added nose weight and 24mm power. Components Estes Mini Max kit Many BBs Kevlar Sewing elastic Hot pink streamer /h2 Back in the days of the Hobby Lobby 40% coupon days I got in the habit ... [More]



Pitsco Synergy (Kit)


    Everyone has seen this kit at one time or another, and maybe even considered buying one.  I actually pulled the trigger.  Pitsco is an educational supplier that produces two different solid fuel rocket kits, this one, and another that is a more complicated build ... [More]



Canaroc FK-3 (Plan)


In my quest to have as many new or old rocket companies as possible represented in my fleet, it was inevitable that I'd eventually find the road to Canaroc.  I'd chased several kits on Ebay over the years, seldom coming within sniffing distance, but forever intrigued.  ... [More]



Quest Courier (Kit)


Picked up at Hobby Lobby during the Quest clearance "just because."   The Courier would become my first competition egglofter by default.  (It was the only one I had that met the single engine criteria.)  Despite a lack of enthusiasm for the project at first that ... [More]



Scratch Estes Raven Clone (Clone)


This is a story of reclamation.  At some point in the past decade I became enamored with the Estes National Aerospace Plane and decided that I needed to clone one.  To that end I began scouring Ebay for one of the kits that shared the unique nose cone with the NASP, namely the ... [More]



U.S. Rockets Sniper (Kit)


Slick and sleek looking US Rockets product with great lines and a killer name.  Another cool feature is that the power possibilities go from 18mm to 29mm, and it is entirely imaginable to see it built to handle any of the three motor sizes.  (Although it may never be seen ... [More]



Estes Ventris (Kit)


The Ventris is one of the first four rockets released by Estes as part of their new Pro Series II mid-power collection.  While all are great looking birds, the Enerjet-esque lines of the Ventris were the clincher when it came time to make the choice of which bird would be my 50th ... [More]



The Launch Pad Perseus (Kit)


Apparently I'm not alone in this.  I initially bought the TLP Perseus thinking that it was a scale kit, only to find out that it was a TLP original.  There were two problems with that: 1) it eliminated any chance of using the rocket in a scale competition, and 2) it freed me from ... [More]



Scratch Rocket Development Corporation Starflite (Clone)


Another of my late night cruises through old catalogs, the RDC Starflite actually gave me the choice of two different designs to pick from, the Starflite and Starflite II.  The difference was the fin pattern, and I chose to go with the early version.  What caught my eye was the ... [More]



Bo-Mar Spartan (Clone)


The inspiration for this project was born out of desperation and boredom.  Nothing at any of the plan sites seemed to interest me and one night at work I started looking through all the catalogs at Ninfinger and YORP.  I realized that there were a lot of different builds from a lot ... [More]



Modification Estes Vampire from Estes Jynx (Modification)


My first Estes catalog was the 1977 version, which I got in mid-July and read to tatters by the time school started back.  Much of my cloning has centered around this catalog and the rockets therein, mostly those I never saw or couldn't afford.  I never saw an Estes Vampire, and if ... [More]



Modification Estes Quasar from Estes Metalizer (Modification)


I created an upscale Estes Quasar from the currently available Estes Metalizer kit. Components Estes Metalizer kit (Hobby Lobby) BT-56 body tube (Red Arrow) Mylar tape QUASAR decal (HP Inkjet) /h2 The Metalizer is an E2X kit that I normally wouldn't ... [More]


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