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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…

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Signal Alpha Is Here

October 21, 2017 The Rocket N00b 0

Joe Barnard’s first run of Signal Avionics – Signal Alpha – is now available for order, through Monday, October 23 only!Click here if you want to order one: me on Twitter.Like my Facebook page for blog updates and extra st…

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Those Crazy Rockets – They’re Everywhere

October 15, 2017 The Rocket N00b 0

Posted online by a DJ friend of mine from my radio days, a quirky, rocket-themed album cover of cheesy organ hits.I’m pretty sure that’s a Nike Ajax missile in the photo.Follow me on Twitter.Like my Facebook page for blog updates and extra stuff.Have a…

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Signal Alpha

October 10, 2017 The Rocket N00b 0

Hello, again. It’s your old pal, the Rocket N00b.I haven’t written in a while, I know. And, really, this post isn’t exactly n00b stuff – it’s pretty advanced model rocketry, in fact.But tonight, I got an email from my friend, Joe Barnard.More specifica…

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Indoor Spray Paint Booth – Success!

July 27, 2017 The Rocket N00b 0

I’ve been too busy lately to write much on this blog, but I have completed the positive pressure spray paint booth video series. Here’s the final video.I’ve gotten good results finishing several rockets with this booth, all of which I spray painted ins…