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Our first full calendar year of operation has shown us that there is a place for us in the world of model rocketry.  Customers across the country and around the world have welcomed us in a big way.  It's a good feeling!
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In 2004 FlisKits opened its Parts Department with a wide selection of standard parts (body tubes, nose cones, etc) as well as a nice family of accessories such as engine mount kits (pictured), parachute kits with plans for so much more in the future!
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Teaching classes is starting to become a big part of my time and this is just a small example of the kids and the fun.  FlisKits is ALL about the kids!
CMASS
Having founded The Goddard Society section and attending the founding of CMASS with Chris Travaris, I have gotten to know the rocketeers in this area quite well.  The Goddard Society folded in the mid-90's and I would occasionally fly with CMASS as the mood struck me.  When I started up FlisKits I got my membership with CMASS and have never looked back.  Best there is!
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Our proto Intruder (sill waiting to become a kit even in 2013!) soars past the CMASS sign in a photo that would eventually make it into one of the CMASS publications.
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Ok, so here's the deal.  I'm setting up a display booth for after the CMASS launch (and the next day) and I get a call from the university saying they have a problem.  There's no place to put Jay Apt for his book signing and would I mind if Jay set up along side me.  Clearly they don't know me very well.  I didn't mind...
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When I say CMASS is "Family Friendly", I really mean it!  Cutest thing on the field!
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The Triskelion was a big, and early hit for FlisKits.
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And, of course, it wouldn't be a CMASS launch without a Deuce's Wild!
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Long time friend (and often political opponent!) Dave and his kids explored the world of rocketry with us and CMASS
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Scott, ever the inventor, shows off his Torpedo design, featuring a mid-body Deuce mount.  This design went on to win the 2004 Design of the Year!
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Bob hooks up his Triskelion
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While Scott prepares his Torpedo!
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Tony with his beautifully finished Tres
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Some kind of gorgeous!
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A dad and his boy.  A boy and his dad.  Oh yeah, there's and Over Drive on the pad too :)
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The A.C.M.E. Spitfire has quickly grabbed the rocketry community's attention!
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What a wonderful flyer!
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A Deuce creatively decorated with the FlisKits trademarked "burnt guy" logo!
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Classic inverted V trail of the Deuce's Wild!
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My Sprint'73 on another of its many legs towards 500
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More kids, more rockets!  It's all good, featuring the Cheetah (left) and Long OverDue
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Even our free download rockets, like the Midnight Express, made a showing.
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2nd prototype of the Farscape (now called Night Whisper) correcting a design flaw that affected stability.  This proto solved the problem and went on to become a best seller!
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We love the kids at CMASS!  The Pheord X150 is ready for a pad assignment
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It is so exciting to see so many different FlisKits kits on the field at one time.  Here we have a beautiful Corona heading to the pads.
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Early proto for a new skill level 1 kit, tentatively called "SK1" at the time.  This later went on to become the Avalear, named after my long time rocketry buddy, Glen Avalear.
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A rather interesting display method I was experimenting with back then.  Very nice!
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The Drake (NSL-2003 commemorative kit) ready to go.
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Here's that design I call the Intruder, ready for another flight.
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Posing with a kit and upscale of our Over Drive as well as the DOY winner, Freedom Forge Missile.
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Resting after a successful Rhino flight!
Hudson Cub Scouts
As the years go by, I am getting involved in more and more youth outreach.  This is just the beginning!
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A proud and happy group shows off their handiwork!
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Nice job!
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Focusing on the job.  I make a point of having the kids do ALL the work from loading the model on the pad, hooking up the clips, launching and recovering their own models.
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The moment of truth!
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Typical pose on the rocket field.
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Yep, we gots us some happy campers here!
This was the launch where I saw 2 dads talking to each other and one would occasionally look up and point at me.  Figuring I ticked off one of the parents, I was prepared for a tirade when the other dad stood up and walked straight at me.  He said "let me get this straight.  You designed these rockets?"  Yes.  "You kit them up and SELL them??"  Yes, do you want a catalog?  He thanked me and walked off looking through the catalog when he suddenly stopped dead in his tracks, spun around and in a pained voice shouted "THIS is your JOB??"  LOL  Yeah, I think I made the right choice...
LDRS
This was our first real high power launch and it was a hoot! 
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Having advertised that FlisKits was attending LDRS, many modelers made a point of bringing their FlisKits models for the LPR pads and to show off at our both.
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Our booth is a little less modest now.  We now have a test, a cap on the truck and a larger inventory to contend with.  Exciting times!
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The obligatory Deuce's Wild launch!  What a kit!
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My Mercury Deadstone makes an appearance too.
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A common sight around LDRS.  Cool.
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Gotta love the creativity!  Even more so when they want to go out of their way to show it off to me :)
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A "Farscape" (no Night Whisper) on the pad with fellow LPR models.
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Drake poses with his massive Andromeda upscale.
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On the pad, ready to go.  Can you believe it?  I missed the darned launch!
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My original production Richter Recker on D12-5 motors.  Quite the beast!
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A nice looking Deuce makes its way to the pad!
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I'm posing with my Praetor before launch
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Nice, arrow straight flight!
NARAM
Last years NARAM was so much fun that I think its clear that FlisKits will become a fixture around here for a while.  Well, at least when they're east of the Mississippi...
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What a wonderful design!  Love the details and general look of this model.
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Gordy (Sandman) shows off his Titan-Deuce with lifting body.  Gotta love it!
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The challenge has been taken!  I offered a free A.C.M.E. Spitfire kit to anyone who gets their certification with an upscale of the design...  oh man!
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WOW!  A Deuce's Wild!
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Carl poses with his 38mm upscale of the FlisKits Tres model.
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With a cluster of three 38mm motors, a 38mm in the sustainer (yep, 2-stage), drag separation, active recovery of the booster and dual deploy in the sustainer, this was marked as the most complex flight of NARAM.  Cool.
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Jack and I posing with his beautifully finished Tres.
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Vern and Gleda relax in our booth as Bob chat's'em up :)
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Scott and Glen chat with Gleda in our booth.  It is so wonderful to be able to provide a comfortable rest stop for busy rocketeers, like the Estes'
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Bob and Peter prepare their Saturn C1 (correct??) for launch in the scale competition.
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Mike with his PMC entry, getting ready to fly!
NARCON
National Convention.  
A place for learning, sharing and exploring all that rocketry can provide.  Also a great way to meet back up with good friends from around the country!  We even had a launch scheduled!
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Bill Stine (Quest) and I pose for a quick picture.
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One of the rare chances I got to hold, and witness a launch of the Tour de' Deuce.  Good stuff!
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One last beauty shot before we make history!
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Both tour models turned in picture perfect flights!  Another state down!
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Not to be outdone, other Deuce's Wild models took to the air too!
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Not to mention a beautiful (eye of the beholder thing here) A.C.M.E. Spitfire!
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Meanwhile, back at the booth, Kathy is busy selling kits and chatting with rocketeers!  She's a natural.
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One of my favorite pictures shows Peter Alway and I conversing about "whatever" and just enjoying the moment.
NSL
National Sport Launch.
A fun time and a great excuse to spend a long weekend flying rockets!
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Our booth at NSL in Herne Texas.  MAN it was HOT!
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Who'd'a thunk it?  A Deuce's Wild!  Nicely finished too.  That thar autograph just sets it off!
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Would YOU buy a car (or a rocket) from these guys??
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My 13mm Deuce of Hazzard ready for flight.
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Also got to see another leg of the Tour de' Deuce.  Simon and his boys bust a pose for the camera!
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Simon hooks up the leads as his boys look on.
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One final pose before making history.
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First up!  Good!
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Second up!  We have a good burn!
Whitakers TRF launch
Back at Whitakers for more fun with the folks from TRF!
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Carl with the 38mm Tres upscale.
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Getting better at our booth!  Still cluttered, but it all works!
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The weekend for Deuce's.  Nice paint job!
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Carl's 38' Special
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Signed by Vern and Gleda Estes as well as Jim and Kathy Flis.  Gotta be good for luck!
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Man, that's just scary!
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Carl and I talking shop, or politics, or about our dogs...  Hard to tell!
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Eugenio with his 24mm Deuce
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What'd I say about Deuce's this launch??
That's it for 2004.  A very busy year and a whole lot of fun!  Thanks for visiting.

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