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Welcome to 2008!
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Kathy kitting up some new HERC-5 kits
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Yeah, that be me on the left there... LOL
Auburn Library
I often get requests from libraries for rocketry programs when they do space related themes.  This is one of many!
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Such programs, as those at libraries, are often attended by both the kids and their parents.  It makes for a great parent/child event!
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The Thing-a-ma-Jig is a great kit to introduce both young and old to the world of rocketry.
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Very hands-on and a lot of family sharing!
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Showing off his completed Jig-Tech fin set!
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And the finished product!
I didn't have any launch photo's to share, sorry!
Boys & Girls Club
After School Program
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Building the Morning Star in one of my more advanced classes
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Showing off their creations before a launch!
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Proud as can be with their Whatchamacallit kits!
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And, for good reason too!  Perfect flights, every one!
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A couple of Morning Star models, ready to go!
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Building the Long OverDue taught the kids the ease and power of being able to cut and shape tubes for rocket designs.
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Some class rockets, mainly Over Drive.  But we also have a Long OverDue in there as well as a scratch built (left).  Good stuff!
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Hamming it up for the camera
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The Over Drive puts in a great flight.
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back in the shop, we're working on Avalears as these beginners learn the fine art of cutting out your own fins!
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Another group is ready to fly!
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Here, our advanced group is working on the MAKO and learning some interesting paper folding and scoring!
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Yep.  There's one in EVERY class! LOL
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We fly all year long and the kids have gotten used to it!
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A Mudwasp, as the kids learn all about micro rocketry!
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You thought hooking up clips was hard.  You thought hooking them up in the cold was hard...  Try MICRO in the COLD!
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Brave (or crazy) rocketeers ready to fly!
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A nice pair of Corona models ready to go
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Back to the micro's in winter!  Here we have a Just Past Due being preped for launch.
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There they are!  Remember when I said "one in every class"?  Sometimes, I am blessed with TWO!
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But they do good work, so it's worth it!
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Another advanced class built the Rock Star.  Needless to say, these kids LEARNED how to cut balsa!
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This year, with the help of SEMROC, our group explored the Golden Scout program!
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It was a different kind of rocket, as these kids had never built a tumble recover model before.
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A proud group displays their Scout models.
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In Litchfield (the next town over), we also have an after school B&GC program and we build all kinds of models.  Here we have a Rhino ready to go.
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Perfect launch!
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The Pheord X150 presented new challenges to the kids in the advanced classes.
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More Rhino's in various stages of completness.
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The Golden Scout in winter!
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Good work and a nice collectable to boot!
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All on his own, he decided to download and build a couple of CAUTION rockets.  Good work!
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In addition to rocketry, I also taught dozens of other classes, including fishing.  This allows me to get pictures like this.  All 3 are also in my rocketry class, but this was just too nice to not share.
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Yep, there's the ONE... LOL (He's building an Alien8)
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Alien8 class.  It is a LOT of fun getting to build some different kits with the advanced classes.
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Final is a work of art!
Horace Mann School
for the Deaf

For a couple of years I was invited out to do a program with students who lacked the ability to hear.  This presented many challenges but was incredibly rewarding!
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An aid helps a student get their rocket on the pad and ready to fly.
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Upon launch the reaction was instant and totally normal!  Everyone looked up, cheered and clapped!
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I think the whole program was pretty amazing to the kids (and to me) and I hope they restart this!
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The challenge of hooking up the igniter clips takes on a whole new meaning when you don't have a sign for igniter or micro clip....  But they got it done!
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With great success!  With the exception of a couple of lost rockets, we were at 100% success!  Great job kids!
Hudson Public Library
Another in a series of libraries I have done over the years.
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Where else but New England can you have a view like this when getting ready to do rockets?
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Thing-a=ma=Jig kits are the order of the day as parent and child learn about rocketry
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Successful completion means lots of good flying later on!
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Out on the field, everyone comes to realize that they have to do all the work!
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Proud rocketeers ready to fly!
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We had one perfect flight after another!  A great day
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Focus and determination spelled great success.
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Everyone seemed to have a great time, as did I.
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OH! The joy of catching your own rocket!
Pollard Elementary School
My longest running and largest group each and every year!
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The fist of many groups out to enjoy the day flying their rockets!
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Tell me this isn't beautiful!
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Perfect boost as the class looks on.
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Hooking up the clips is something that every rocketeer needs to know
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Such determination!
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Even the teachers get involved!
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Here are some of the other groups, ready to fly!
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Looking good!  These are 4th graders.  You can see the 3rd graders in the background, getting a peek at what they will be doing next year.
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Proud and ready to fly!
CMASS
Home of drag racing and outrageous clusters!
A years worth of fun in one album!
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My U.S.S. Grissom off to a great flight.
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The CMASS snack shoppe is open!
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Whata ACME!
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The Flea's the thing!
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And we have a Nomad on the field!
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One of many Frick-n-Frack drag races through the year!
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Nice shot of my Frick-n-Frack boost
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Right through to stage separation!
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It is becoming tradition that I take a snap shot of Tony's blanket of rockets each launch!
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Everyone has such nice displays!
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A beautiful SEMROC Saturn 1B on 4 motors!
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Scott with his Battle Axe!
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A Baby Bertha is ready to go!
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A Thing-a-ma-Jig Drag Race!
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Doug with his upscale Stingray!
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Very nice flight too!
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Ok, this is what I mean by outrageous clusters!  Boris' upscale US TOG, with augments...  Incredible!
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A display of our new line of micro kits.
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Doug's upscale Stingray with the kit and the micro Stinger kit.  cool!
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Boris.
That's all.  Just...
Boris.
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Tony contemplates...
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Oh! I love it when the kids come out to fly rockets!
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Two kids and a thing-a-ma-Jig
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Tony's blanket again :)
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A modified Whatchamacallit with a much longer body.  Cool!
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Scott's Torpedo with mid-body Deuce mount.
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Back to Tony! LOL
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Here we have the TOGinator...
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My Vern have mercy on us all!
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Nice crowd at our launches.
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Groups are common.  Good stuff!
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Rarely do we have a launch that doesn't include the Decaffeinator!
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Tony's beautiful HERC-5
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Here it is from our winter launch.
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Looking good!
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There goes the TOGinator!
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Rhino away!
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My Oort design with 8 of 12 storage pods attached.
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A Nanite is preped for flight.
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The Oort turns in a great flight.
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Cold hand, small clips and the Whatchamacallit.
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Posing proud with his Rhino.
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One of the few 2-stage Prator combos I've been privileged to see.
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Ok, so most of us are familiar with the popular SPAD-Pads (anyone at NARAM sure is!)  But, have you ever seen the Micro-SPAD-pad ON a SPAD-pad???  We're just too cool for words around here!
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Almost there...
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Tony with his Coron-2 ready to go.
NARCON
National Convention
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Close up of a beautifully finished US TOG.
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Sirius Rocketry booth, in full swing!
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Nice crowd in the vendor room.
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Nice crowd at breakfast too!
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I hosted a "Train the Trainer" build session with a group of teachers.  Here we are building the Pheord X150 kit.
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NARCON registration table.
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Sirius Rocketry booth
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SEMROC booth (There's Sheryl and Bruce)
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A nice display by MASA
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Ok, Bob seems to be near the punch line now....
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Jeff with his show-case Deuce's Wild!
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Here is the newest kit, the Adfecta, for the folks at NARCON.
NARAM
NAR Annual Meet
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Just love when folks put the time and effort for a great build and finish like this US TOG!
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Outside Vendor Row, I have my upscale Golden Scout on my upscale Port-a-Pad.  Great attention getter!
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Beautiful display of vintage rockets.  I have built everything there, at one time or another.  Many more than once!
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Looking good!
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Ok, the highlight of my visit, what can I say!  Lots of time to chat it up with Walt Cunningham (Apollo 7 pilot) and, while I got him to sign my Adfecta model I completely FORGOT about my Apollo 7 Saturn 1B model I had there!  ARGH!
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Apollo Abort test vehicle
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Here I am rambling on about some such thing... LOL
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Meanwhile, we're all WOW'd by THIS!
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The pose after diner!
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John demonstrates his expertise with adhesives...
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Jack blowing up his rocket.  No, seriously, he's BLOWING it up!
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Caleb discusses rocketry with me in our booth.
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Vern and Gleda Estes looking SO relaxed :)
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Unlike Bruce and Sheryl.  He looks just a little NUTS!
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A fun night at the auctions!
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Sheryl and Carl (SEMROC) watch the auction festivities.  Is it me, or does Sheryl look like she's wearing a white party hat??
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Ok, so someone suggested that I auction off my hat...  What the hell, right?  Well, it DID help that I got Walt Cunningham to sign it :)
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Frick-n-Frack drag race.  You'd think this was a CMASS launch because NARAM uses the same launch pads as CMASS (as designed by our President, Bill (SPAD=pad) Spadafora
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Trip's got an air horn and he ain't afraid to use it!
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George heading out to the competition range.
NERRF
North East Regional Rocketry Fest.
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Our NERRF booth, front and center, near the flight line!
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NERRF can be a LOT of fun!
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With attention to the LPR folks as well as the HPR folks!
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Ok, this is kinda twisted...  LOL
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Drag race of Decaffeinator's with glider accessories.  Good stuff!
FlisKits 6th Anniversary launch!
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Loading up a nice Cheetah!
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Probably the best pose of the year!
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Billy prepares his Stingray with the Deuce and Tres in the wings.  The folks here go out of their way to honor FlisKits by flying mainly our kits.  I love it!
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A Corona ready to go!
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Very well built UFFO and the proud rocketeer who built it!
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Recovery after a successful flight!
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Loading the UFFO up on the pad!
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MAN what a nice flight!
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Nice crowd enjoying the good weather, fun launches and a great party!
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My proto HEMV on the pad and ready to go
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It wouldn't be a party without CAKE!
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Micro Dead Ringer on the pad and in flight.  Very cool bird!
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We've lined up our Frick-n-Frack drag race crew.
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Doug gets his ready!
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Nice shot in front of our banner.  It was a good day!
NEMROC
New England Model Rocketry Convention
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Our booth, again by the whale!
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We introduced a special Avalear for NEMROC.  This version has laser cut fins to make for an easier convention build.
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Looking good as the fins set up and dry.
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Brian and I talk over some new design ideas
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On the launch field (day 2) we see a lot of Avalear's for some reason... LOL
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Not to mention Frick-n-Frack drag races!
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ACME Spitfire ready to go!
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A pair of Avalear's ready to go.
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Close up of a Deuce's Wild with, what amount to, recruits on the side!  Very cool!
That's it for 2008!  Thanks for visiting and be sure to check out our other photo albums!

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