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Welcome to the Pre-FlisKits rocketry adventures of Jim!
The Grand Rocket Day
CMASS wanted to see if they could launch 1000 rockets in a single day.  This was about a year before FlisKits opened, but it was on my mind.  I participated (launching more models than anyone else at 39) and they finished the day with 1143 completed launches (launched and recovered)
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My selection of rockets that I plan to fly today.
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Close up showing my U.S.S. Grissom, Corona booster and some sub-micro's (much smaller than Micromaxx) models including my 1:1600 scale Saturn V
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Some others, many recognizable.  Space Man, Gyroc, my Sprint'73, even my mini Gyroc (13mm)
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It was a good day with LOTS of flights!
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My original Pearl River Praetor takes to the air.
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Ok, so not every rocket counted towards the 1143.  Still pretty cool.
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My Estes saucer with a Persephone attached as a sustainer.  This lead to the Triple Threat as well as the seed for the Frick-n-Frack.
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A large turnout for the Grand Rocket Day.
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My 2-stage Corona on the pad.
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My mini (13mm) Starlight gave a great flight.
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Everyone loved my USS Grissom!
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The original Tumbleweed.  You can see I had a lot of what became FlisKits already in the que, as it were.
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Some of the gang from the Grand Rocket Day launch!
Over the years.
Just a selection of pix from over the years (late 1970's and up), most from my personal web site.  Shows you some of my rocketry adventures long before FlisKits was even a thought.
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My Estes Saturn V, one of the favorites at demo launches
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A couple more views of the Saturn V.  I often did demo's for schools and towns (like on the 4th of July).
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Me with one of my early foam cup creations.
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She flew nice too!
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Art Rose back in the Pearl River days showing off some very small Czech motors (which eventually lead to the Micromass line from Quest)
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Art launches one of the Czech rockets in the gym.  A protest was filed by someone I won't name, as Art wasn't the NAR listed 15 feet from the pad.  Art's counter were the instructions for the launch pad (which has the launch button on the corner of the pad) to show that he was using it in accordance to the manufacturers instructions...  What a hoot!
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Sid Maxwell helps look over the prep of my upscale AstroCam, with working 35mm camera, sitting on my upscale Port-a-Pad.  Cool stuff at Pearl River!
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Another 35mm creation of mine, with the camera pointed straight up.  Shutter triggered by the ejection charge.
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My upscale Camroc (also with a scale booster!).  Back then I was doing a LOT of up and down scaling and folks from several clubs began calling them "Glandular Conditions"
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A couple of pix I got from my kit Camroc.  This one is of the street a block away from my house.
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This one SORT of captured my house.  Some of you may recall the film for the Camroc had a small dent in one edge for holding purposes.  That dent (far left) is RIGHT over my house!  My girlfriends house is that large white house just left of center.
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One of my displays at Pearl River.  Lots of good stuff there!
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I had a 10 week program with about 100 kids at College Academy in Mass.  Here is one of the many groups from that session.
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My original NEMROC version of the Corona, first announced in the early 1990's
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Brian McCarthy and I during the kit-bash session at Pearl River.  We decided to combine our Big Bertha kits into a "Dolly" rocket with dual 3-motor cluster operation!
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The ORIGINAL Deuce's Wild! Then called, simply, Deuce.  BT-55 based and sporting a slightly different fin than today.  This design goes way back to the '70's
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And there she goes on her trademark inverted V smoke trail!
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Some sub-micro's (I called them Femto scale) and the small Czech motors that powered them.
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To appreciate the small size of these motors, we have here a R/G model along size a (left to right) 24mm, 18mm, 13mm, micromaxx, 2 Czechs motors.
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A top down view of the same set.  You will note the "7" on the orange motor.  That designation meant that it would go 7 meters in a 1 gram rocket...
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The start of the Goddard Society.  If you look closely, you will notice the tail end (powder blue) of the Richter Recker there and I am holding my original design of the Nell Goddard rocket in my hands (lower left)
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Here's a close up of that Nell rocket, from NEMROC
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Here is another scale of that, designed and built by Brian McCarthy, using 24mm power and BT-5 tubes for the fuel and oxidizer tubes.
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Me with my upscale USS Grissom
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My upscale U.S.S. Grissom on 24mm power.
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A nice view of the upscale USS Grissom under boost
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Pearl River with my upscale AstroCam and Scout.
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During a lecture with a class group, I describe the scale model Saturn 1B (built by Jay Marsh) which eventually lead to our Saturn 1B kit.
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Me with my 5X upscale Mars Lander using one 24mm and four 18mm motors.
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She sure looked good on boost, but needed more power!
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She also looked good on the upscale port-a-pad :)
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Coming down on some nice, large, nylon shutes.
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Some of my mini collection.  Some nice stuff there including my original Mini-Mars Lander, with spring loaded landing gear and all!  This one was published in American Space Modeling at the time.
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Some more 13mm mini's including the Tumbleweed, Scout, Saucer, Gyroc, Mars Lander, Crayon, Orbital Transport, X-Ray and a sparrow egg lofter...
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My scratch built N1 moon rocket, 29mm powered.
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I did a lot of early work with schools and youth groups.  Lots of fun and a great learning experience.
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Me, John and Steve at NEMROC, our solution to the ending of MIT-CON
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Scott Branche was a fixture at the old Pearl River conventions.
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A young Bill Stine launches one of Art Rose's Czech rockets in the gym
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Ok, so here's the deal.  Mark Sheehy and Gary Hughes asked to borrow my upscale Port-a-Pad as they had a big rocket to fly.  Thinking it was a "heavy duty" pad, they were a bit rough with it.  Hey, it's only made of balsawood and made for looks mainly...  Yep, they busted it.  Tried to fix it out there the whole while looking over at me to see if I had seen the carnage...
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Joey with my foam cup USS Grissom
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The original Richter Recker lights up the sky!
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A couple of close ups of that Saturn 1B built by Jay Marsh.  I provided him the plans for the scale and, in return, he GAVE me the model he used to win at NARAM (I still have it and it is featured on the cover art of our kit version of this scale).  That escape tower was made with 2 different gauges of nickel plated copper wire, soldered under a magnifying glass.
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The interstage area.  Incredible workmanship!
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Scott Branche at Pearl River.  Photo says it all... LOL
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Ok, so I had THIS picture of Scott, during Pearl River, holding his Kit-Bash entry from earlier that day.
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20 years later, Scott sends me THIS picture of him holding the SAME DARNED ROCKET!  He has kept it all this time!  Whew!
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Me working with the Scouts and their Alpha models.
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More Scouts and more Alpha's.  Man, what I would have given for a Thing-a-ma-Jig!
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Another pix of Joe with the foam cup USS Grissom (or is this the same pic only cropped differently??)  Oh well!
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Some foam fun!
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Yeah, ok, I was going a little crazy, but you can't blame ME
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Blame Scott and his involvement in such monsters at Pearl River!
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One of many proto's I made of boost gliders using White Wing gliders.  I had a good deal of success with these.
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My upscale Orbital Transport.  I built several of these.  Some with 3 motor clusters, one with dual 24mm, one with a core 24mm and 2 18mm, etc.  A great design.
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The parasite glider from the OT returns to earth.
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One of my demo launches where I flew the Orbital Transport.  In this one you can see the 3 parallel motor cluster  under full burn.
That's it for the oldies!  Thanks for visiting and be sure to check out our other photo albums!

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