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Our humble beginnings.  A couple of boxes of tubes, some stacks of balsa and little parts bins for the odds-n-ends needed for our kits.
CETRA
I had the chance to fly with CETRA and also witness one leg of the Tour de' Deuce with Eugene :)
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Eugene and I pose with the two tour models
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And we have LIFTOFF!
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Second Deuce takes to the air!  Perfect!
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Hamming it up for the camera
CMASS
Local club, here in New England.  These are some of the images from the year, taken at different launches.
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Mercury Deadstone version of the A.C.M.E. Spitfire puts in a good show.  TID-BIT: Up to this point, every kit we produced were ones I had designed years ago for myself or various events (NEMROC, Pearl River, etc).  This was the FIRST rocket kit designed FOR FlisKits, once we had opened.
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It was early in the life of FlisKits that I began to realize the impact we could have on our youth.
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My upscale (6 foot tall) version of the U.S.S. Grissom on 24mm power.
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The Richter Recker looks SO much bigger when held by a youngster!
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And she flies SO well!
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Tony with his U.S.S. Grissom
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Even in our first year folks were exploring the possibilities of the Deuce engine configuration.  I've created a monster! LOL
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The A.C.M.E. Spitfire set to go on a foggy morning
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More Deuce's Wild.  Get used to it... LOL
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Drag racing at CMASS has become a wonderful tradition.  Here we have a batch of Deuce's Wild kits showing their stuff.  We've also done Richter Recker, UFFO, Trifecta, Frick-n-Frack, Decaffeinator and so many more!  Gotta love'em
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Mercury Deadstone fires up
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Flying Purple People Eater.  'nuff said.  Come to a launch!
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THIS is what gets me up in the morning and out to a launch!
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Our booth has expanded since last year, but still rather modest.
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The Rhino's the rage!
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Family pictures decorate this Deuce, the most popular model at CMASS.
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DEUCE!
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Geeze, when I put this album together I hadn't realized just how Deuce centric it was LOL
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It didn't take long for Bill to get tired of seeing THIS bird.  My Spring'73 preparing for one of MANY flights towards the 500 mark.
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Not sure of the flight number, but with it getting well into the hundreds, I kept the altitudes way down with A motors.
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A simple, clean, organized booth.  ahhh, the good ol' days.
NARAM
Early on in the life of FlisKits we felt it important to support and, when possible, attend national events such as NARAM.
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Having first flown her at Whitakers, Carl Tulanko brings his upscale Deuce "38 Special" to NARAM much to the delight of everyone.
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And she doesn't disappoint either!  I mean, LOOK AT THAT!
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Yeah, Carl was pleased.
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For good reason too.  Perfect flight, up and back.
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The original proto A.C.M.E. Spitfire amazes the crowd.
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Having just met Vern and Gleda for the first time (as and older adult), it was a thrill to get their autographs on my A.C.M.E. proto.
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An entry in the Super Roc event, sporting a Deuce engine configuration.  COOL!
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Bob says "Upscale Sprite", I say "Upscale Tumbleweed".  Such is life. 
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Manufacturers forum where I get to talk about our new company.  Many of the folks in attendance were new to me, but there were several old rocketry friends too, which made it a bit easier to talk it up.
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U.S.S. Grissom poised for launch
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Yep, here she is again!  My Sprint'73
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Mike visits during one of the many interior events.
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Can't tell if Chris dressed for his Cheetah or painted his Cheetah to match his clothing!
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Ok, now yer just showing off! LOL  Carl's upscale Tres.  COOL!
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Having become fast friends with the McLawhorns, we are now paling around with the Estes' too.  Yeah, I gots the best job ever!
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Sheryl and Kathy keep warm on a chilly morning.
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Scott Branche and I.  Scott is just a tad unhinged.  Just a tad..  (Scott and I go way back to Pearl River days - Check out the pre-FlisKits photo album :) ).
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My first meeting with Vern Estes.  We're all enjoying our NARAM picnic when the Estes' arrive on the field.  I'm eating with a bunch of friends wondering if/when I would get a chance to meet Vern.  I notice a shadow fall across my table and I look up and it's Gleda Estes.  She introduces herself to me and asks if I am the new rocket company guy.  I explain that I am FlisKits to which she asks, are you the guy with the rocket with the two motors at an angle?  I said "Yes" then she floors me by saying "Vern wants to meet you!" One of the best days of my life LOL
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More discussion at the forum
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Showing my Sprint'73 off to Vern and Gleda and explaining my goal to get to 500 flights.
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The Richter Recker is SO cool!
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Gordy (Sandman) puts a new twist on the Deuce with the Titan-Deuce
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The Sprint'73 gets another flight under her belt!
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I think Vern was truly tickled that one of his models has survived so many flights (we're well over 300 by this point)
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The gang from TRF (The Rocketry Forum) pose for a picture after dinner.
NSL
National Sport Launch
Our first commemorative kit (Drake) as a company (I've done them for years for various conventions) as well as the first public showing of the A.C.M.E. Spitfire in action.
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We now (for the first time) have a canopy (tent) to protect us from the elements!
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Our first outting outside of our CMASS folks.  These people had heard of us, seen our product line and even purchased our kits.  They were excited to be able to meet face-to-face and find out more about FlisKits.
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As is to be expected, we have Deuce's in the air!
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Simply beautiful wooden rocket!
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And then, there is Bender... LOL
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Preparing for a Deuce drag race!
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But, first...!  Gotta love it!
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The first public showing of the A.C.M.E. Spitfire (outside of CMASS).  When I brought this up, Trip Barber was the RSO and he cringed when he first looked at it.  Cringed again when he realized who was holding it...  He asked "are you SURE that this will fly?"  I assured him and he finally let me pass on to the pads...  With anticipation I awaited the launch.  Upon liftoff I hear a unified "the son of a bitch is actually stable!".  That's when I turn around and realize that most all of NSL is standing behind me for this launch!  By the time I had recovered the model and returned to the booth we were sold out and taking orders.  Best product release ever!
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Kathy runs the booth so that I can schmooz around the place :)
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A rag-tag group of TRF'rs (The Rocketry Forum)
TARC
Team America Rocketry Challenge
FlisKits, and myself, have been supporting TARC since its inception.  This year I was the mentor for our local team and here are a couple of pix of their attempt to qualify.
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Strong team with a good design.
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Showing off the design
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The problem TARC teams in the North East have to contend with.  COLD and snow.  But we don't complain (much)... LOL
Whitakers
Back in the day The Rocketry Forum (TRF) had come us with the idea of hosting an annual meet where members could come fly and socialize face to face.  It was a great idea and FlisKits attended several of these until the field was lost.
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I posted on TRF some of the models that I was bringing to the launch.  This is the first set.  In this photo, not a single FlisKits kit appears!
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Now to wet their appetites, some current and future kit ideas.
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Round it off with some more fun stuff.  The Drake is slated for release shortly (at the NSL launch) and the others are for the future.  Folks love seeing new and future product ideas and we aim to please!
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Carl shows off his new 38 Special upscale Deuce's Wild!  That's Gordy to the right.
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Our first ever "Away Booth" got cluttered in a hurry.  You will note that we don't have a canopy (tent) nor even a cap on the truck!  Man, were we noobs LOL
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Our booth during a quiet moment.  For all I know we were all hiding from the rain under someone else's tent at the time LOL
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The TRF crew poses under the sites banner.
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"I have a rocket THIS big!", Gordy seems to be saying...
That's it for our first full calendar year of operation.  It was an eye opener and taught us a lot about our products and our company not to mention our customers!

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