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Glue and Water Weight

May 9, 2018 The Rocket N00b 0

In some of my more recent posts, I’ve done a number of informal experiments testing out various materials. In thinking about what order to present them in, I’ve decided to start with this one, because it’s rather simple, and I may want to refer to it w…

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Rocket N00b Update

May 4, 2018 The Rocket N00b 0

Little N00b was born on April 5, 2018. He and Mrs. N00b are doing great, happy and healthy.We’re home now, and I’ve managed to secure a little time off work. And though it may sound surprising, as we have a newborn, I am now in the mood to get back to …

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Fragile Payload

March 23, 2018 The Rocket N00b 0

This is one reason I haven’t posted lately. Little N00b arrives in two weeks.This is one of several 3D ultrasound images. Amazing. I was amazed to see recognizable features this early – this was nearly two months ago, and he already looks like one of t…

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Estes Posts More "Coming Soon"

January 15, 2018 The Rocket N00b 0

The above was posted on Estes’ Facebook page today.Some folks got a little concerned when the Estes website seemed to be down a few hours ago, but it appears to have been only a hiccup which would have gone unnoticed if we weren’t all a bit on edge …

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Hobbico Bankruptcy

January 10, 2018 The Rocket N00b 0

Hobbico, the Champaign, IL company which owns Estes Industries (along with a large number of hobby outfitters), is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and layoffs may begin in April, according to an article on the Champaign News-Gazette website.I do not …

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2017 Rocket Launch Slo Mo Supercut

January 5, 2018 The Rocket N00b 0

Some footage by Joe Barnard.Follow me on Twitter.Like my Facebook page for blog updates and extra stuff.Have a question you’d like to see addressed on this blog? Email me at

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Unboxing Signal Alpha

November 22, 2017 The Rocket N00b 0

I got a surprise gift in the mail from my friend Joe Barnard this week – a Signal Alpha thrust vectoring kit!This was such a nice surprise, and I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it yet. I have no experience with this sort of technology, apart from…

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Warp Factor – Fixing Warped Balsa Fins

November 15, 2017 The Rocket N00b 0

Sometimes, you’ll open a new rocket kit, examine the parts, and realize that the balsa fin stock is warped. This may be really bad – the whole thing is visibly curved – or it may be subtle. Perhaps you’ll only notice it when you cut the fins out and st…

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Estes Saturn V – Discontinued?

November 13, 2017 The Rocket N00b 0

Act fast, dear reader.If you have had your eye on the re-release of the Estes Saturn V model rocket, don’t delay. Get one while you can! It appears the kit, which has only been out for little more than a year, is being discontinued!I don’t know if this…