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Today's Featured Review

North Coast Rocketry - Lance Beta {Kit} (K-47) [1987-?]

Manufacturer:North Coast Rocketry

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Contributed by Todd Harrison

Rocket PicBrief:
This is a scale-like rocket. The Lance Beta uses 8 fins instead of the normal 3 or 4. It is single staged and recovers with a red nylon parachute.

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Today's Featured Flyer

Matthew Bond

AKA: Buckaroo

Location: Niceville, FL

Certification Level: L3 NAR/Tripoli

Club Memberships: NAR, Tripoli

Favorite Rockets: Estes - Starblazer X-20


Grew up building and flying Estes rockets in the 70s and 80s.  Took a break from rocketry for college/job/marriage/kids/mortgage/etc.  Started back into rocketry when my kids were old enough.  Been in and out several times since then.  Discovered high power rocketry in 2009 with the Music City Missile Club in Manchester, Tennessee.  Got my L1 at Southern Thunder in June 2009 flying a scratch built upscale of a Thrustline Duster.  Got my L2 in May 2010 with an upscaled Estes Super Neon.  Moved to SoCal in 2010 and had a great couple of years flying with the ROC crowd in Lucerne Valley, CA.  Moved to the Florida panhandle in 2012 and am currently flying with the Southeast Alabama Rocketry Society.  Made the trek to Argonia, KS for Airfest XXI in September 2015 and got my L3 flying a Madcow Frenzy XL kit on a Cesaroni M1540-IMax.  My low power fleet/build pile still outnumbers my high power projects many times over but the bigger builds are slowly taking over my time and attention (not to mention my wallet).

Favorite Quote:

Luke:  I... I don't believe it!

Yoda:  sighs... That... is why you fail.

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Today's Featured Photo

NEFAR Launches

May 2013 Launch

Corkscrew Drag Race

Photo by Roger Smith

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Featured Rocketry Blog Posts

Model Rocket Building: Estes Apollo Little Joe II, Background
Here's the Little Joe I remembered wanting. The BIG 1/45 Scale Little Joe II from the 1969 Centuri catalog. To see the catalog, CLICK HERE But $12.95? All I could afford was the smaller 1/100th scale Little Joe II. The fin fairings and some trim was vacuum formed. They were lightweight but fragile, much like the Centuri Saturn V fins and fairings incorporated into the Estes re-issue Saturn V kits. The "metalized" wrap was pre-installed at the factory. To see the original Centuri instructions: CLICK HERE The body and capsule came down separately on two 24" parachutes. A three engine cluster. ...
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Model Rocket Building: Estes STM-012 Kitbash to the B32-M Spike, Background
Well, I thought it might work! I bought two Estes STM-012 kits on Ebay with the hopes of kit-bashing one of them into an AMRAAM. It never even occurred to me that the STM-012 model would have three through-the-wall fins. The AMRAAM has two sets of four fins. I would have to buy a couple new lengths of BT-60 to do the conversion. That, and the STM-012 nose cone was long! So the kits sat for a few months with me wondering what to do with them. Then I remembered this design from Madcow: The AGM-33 Pike . I've always like the looks of this one, I did the instructions for their 1.6" diameter kit. ...
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Model Rocket Building: Carded Red Max Build, Part 1, Parts
I've seen a few pictures of "Rocket Families" on the forums. The Red Max is a favorite with the Estes Mini Max (BT-50 based), standard Red Max (BT-60 based) and Mega Red Max. Well, how about a smaller BT-5 version for 13mm engines? This one is tiny at just 5 1/4" tall! It performs like a BT-5 Mosquito. At one time I had a little carded Red Max model. It was a BT-5 diameter with a Micro Max engine mount. I lost it somewhere along the way and wanted to make another one. After a few searches I couldn't find it. I thought it might be at Wayne Hill's Rocketry Blog - CLICK HERE There are many ...
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Model Rocket Building: Goony X-15, Part 1, Parts
In the past I bought a few of the Quest X-15 Parts packs. In the pack you get everything except the engine mount, main body tube and parachute. I figured with some BT-60 based parts I could make a good goony version. I raided the spare parts drawers. I found an Alpha style nose cone and a length of BT-60. I think the main reason people buy the X-15 parts pack is for the decal sheet. It is a water slide sheet with lots of white decals on it.
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Rocket N00b: North Coast Rocketry SA-14 Archer - Unboxing
I recently received a little gift - one of the rockets on my wish list - from Matt Steele, of North Coast Rocketry . North Coast, who make mid power rocket kits and some accessories, is a sponsor of The Rocketry Show podcast, and as part of that sponsorship, Matt sent us some rockets to try out. I've had my eye on an SA-14 Archer for a long time. I'm doing a video build series on The Rocketry Show's YouTube channel . I started with the following unboxing video. I'm uploading the first build video later tonight, once I'm done editing. Here's the first video. Follow me on Twitter . Like my ...
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2008-07-26 - NARAM-50
NARAM 50 was held in 2008 in The Plains, Virginia.

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