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Welcome to 2007!
 
Boys & Girls Clubs
After School Program
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Near complete on the Triskelion!  It's odd and interesting to meet these kids again, at the high school.  Some of them I don't even recognize until they re-introduce themselves to me!
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This group built the Decaffeinator!  The advanced groups open up so much MORE rocketry!
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Looking good!
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Proud of their work.  Emily (left) was one of my best students!
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The HERC-5 was a challenging build, but not beyond my kids abilities! 
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Neither was the Stingray.  Good stuff!
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The Decaffeinator kit was a real winner with the group.  Notice how we teach, learn, build and fly all year long!
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The results of one of my advanced classes where the kids had to design and build their own flying model rocket!
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Talking over some stability math only to discover that, while the equations were new to the kids, the concepts were not!
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Ok, yes.  We have a goofball in every class.  We just deal with it. LOL
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When kids get ahead, they're directed to stop till the rest of the class catches up.  This is what some of them spend that extra time on.  If nothing else, he learned better knife skills while waiting!
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The Pheord X150 was gobs of fun!
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A mixed class of beginner and advanced.  Pheord's and Thing-a-ma-Jigs.
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Learning about competition, the kids build the Cougar 660!
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Learning how to use sand paper to square up fins.
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One of our early beginner classes.
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Can't help but love these paint jobs!
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A class building the paper rocket "Caution! Rocket Launch in Progress"!
Maple St. School
Hopkinton
I was invited out to help the kids launch their Thing-a-ma-Jig kits after the build!
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Here I am explaining the finer details of rocket prep
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The parachute is always the most time consuming part of rocket prep!
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But we take our time and let everyone learn the task before moving on.
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Sometimes some one-on-one help makes all the difference.
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Out to the pads, the kids do all the work!  I just supervise. 
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Proud of their work, we're ready to fly!
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More than anything, I love the look of excitement during a launch.
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The moment of truth, pushing the launch button.
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With great results!
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Another glorious day of rocketry drawing to a close.
Pollard Elementary
100 kids show their skill and excitement with rocketry!
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Rocket Prep is always the very first thing, so we can get and keep on schedule!
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The first of several groups.  We have the entire 4th grade class each year!
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More than just building and painting.  Our rocketry program includes rocket prep, launching and recovery!
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Great success leads to great fun and expectations!
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The 3rd grade classes often come out to watch what they will be doing next year!
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It just doesn't get any better than this!
Rocket Derby
Cub Scouts and CMASS
We had over 100 kids participate in the Rocket Derby with the Thing-a-ma-Jig kit.  It was GREAT fun!
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Love this pic (by Bill Spadafor) of a dad helping his boy place the rocket on the pad.
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Showing off their Deuce's Wild called the "Rocket a Gibraltar"  Gotta love it!
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Throughout the day we had scouts, parents and siblings coming and going with their rockets and their enthusiasm.
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Perfect flights made for a perfect event!
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Creativity was seen all around this day!
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Flistopia is found in the form of the Rhino, Triskelion, and Thing-a-ma-Jig!
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Another perfect flight as more scouts prep their rocket in the help tent in the background.
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Our Mission Specialist take a break.
CMASS
All the good guys fly here!
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Looking skyward, ever skyward!
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A kelly green Thing-a-ma-Jig ready to go
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Not sure how THIS got in here, it's from a B&GC class from the day before...  But it's still good!
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My first proto of the modified UFFO with streamers.  You'll note that I have it only half filled (6 streamers) for its first test.
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Kathy and I at a friends house give it a first test.
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A second test at the school marks her ready for public display.  On to CMASS!
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Meanwhile, back at CMASS we have a Corona-2 ready for flight.
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A nice looking Triskelion is ready on pad #2
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We have Decaffeinators!
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My proto Borealis is ready to show her colors.
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A benefit of flying with CMASS is that you get to see all of my proto's before production!
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The bad side is, you also get to see all of the OOPS moments...  NOT MY FAULT!  There was NO ejection charge!  On the good side, after this lawn dart, I pulled her from the ground, installed a new motor and got a perfect flight out of her!  NO damage from the lawn dart!
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My proto of the Praetor booster.
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An incredible flight!  This combination looks SO cool with the smaller fins on the booster, and flies arrow straight!
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The Frick-n-Frack has become a favorite around CMASS.
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And the Decaffeinator, well, she's a favorite everywhere!
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I love it when one of my kids from class joins us out on the field!  Here Emily fills out her first ever flight card.
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for the Decaffeinator she built in class!
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More Deuce's Wild on the horizon.
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Gotta love that burn!
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Even the occasional Alpha makes an appearance.  So long as everyone is involved, it's all good!
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Recovery is key
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Now the Diminutive Deuce makes an appearance!
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Along with her big brother, Deuce's Wild!
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A couple of Rhino's including one with an alternative fin shape (from the patterns provided in the kit)
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A micro scratch made from some egg crate type packing material.  Flies great and lead to the MTTM Traffic Cone kit.
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Tony with his Frick-n-Frack 2 stage saucer
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FnF away! (you can see my booth in the background)
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Scott with his Tin Man ACME rocket with the Deuce engine mount.
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A Whatchamacallit makes an appearance at today's launch
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More help for dad!
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Our first beginner micro kit, the doo-Hickey.  Ain't they cute?  All 4 of'em!
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Steve with his D-Nelson Tomahawk.  This may be an original from the Pearl River days!
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Watching the festivities can be as much fun as participating!
NARCON
National Convention
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More foam cup creativity!  I've created a monster!  Cool. :)
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The official NARCON Deuce's Wild!  I love it!
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One of the most beautifully finished US TOG models I have ever seen!
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Dave and Evie, of Sirrius Rocketry sets up a great display
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Here's my booth for the weekend.
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Balsa Machining all set to serve the community!
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Apogee as well!
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All the cute girls! :)
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And then there's them...  LOL
NARAM
NAR Annual Meet
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Invited to teach a short rocketry class, I couldn't resist!
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We're building Whatchamacallits with the help of club members along with parents.
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Everyone seemed to have a great time!
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And, as usual, the Decaffeinator steals the show!
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Proud of the work they've done!
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Sheryl (SEMROC) builds her first rocket!
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Meanwhile, Gordie destroys one...  This is what is left of my 24mm Deuce's Wild upscale after Gordy backed over it along side our booth...  Man, he felt bad about that!  But not a problem as I can fix it easily.  I know a guy...!
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Vern and Gleda Estes enjoying breakfast with us (Flis') and the McLawhorns
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The UFFO with streamers (12) all set for the Imagination Celebration!
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Rob Edmonds with his R/C R/G.  What a show!
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The UFFO launches an impressive rainbow across the field!
FlisKits 5th Anniversary!
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Tony sets up his beautifully finished Tres for a flight
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Jen Flis and John McCarthy help serve CAKE!
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Everyone participates in the celebration!
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Doug with his PayLord ready to rock and roll!
NEMROC
New England Model Rocketry Convention
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Me manning the booth by the whales.
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We always seem to have the coolest raffle prize table!  Man, lookit that stuff!
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Dick Nelson (Pearl River) and Steve Michael discuss rocketry
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On the flying field (day 2), I fly my proto Intruder.
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Big kids and little kids, its wonderful!
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Proto type of my Oort design, without storage canisters, gives us a great flight.
That's it for 2007!  Thanks for visiting and be sure to check out our other photo albums!

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