Gerry's Non Estes Model Rocket Fleet
Though building Estes classic kits is a favorite pursuit, there are many great kits on the market besides the Estes' brand that have caught my attention. Jim Flis and his designs are a mainstay at CMASS launchs. Aerospace Speciality Products, Q-Modeling and Quest also offer reasonably priced low power kits that offer sufficient challenge.
Prior building emphasis has been with semi scale model kits as a result of Peter Alway's Rockets of the World. But I also enjoy building and testing custom designs coupled with going back into model rocketry's 1960-1970 timeframe and sourcing plans from the Estes Industries Rocket Plans. These plans are easily retrieved from JimZ's Spacemodeling website.
Personally, there is the desire to move up into medium and high power rocketry with Level 1 certification as a goal before the end of 2013. Being able to fly with MMMSClub (Berwick, Maine) on the Tuckahoe sod farm allows for high power flights with minimum risk of losing one's investment in rocket, motor casing and electronics.
Following is a portion of the non Estes rockets in Gerry's fleet. This group may not be exciting as Mike Kalmar's collection but still is noteworthy for a model rocketry website posting. CMASS and MMMSC flyers have seen a fair number of these rockets in flight.
Low Power Rockets
Fliskit - Deuce Spider-X (Custom Design) Harpoon (MRN 1984)
2x 18mm 24mm 18mm
ASP - Corporal ASP - RP3 Just Spare Parts 1 (Custom Design)
24mm 24mm 18mm
Quest - Tomahawk Custom - Dynamic Carrier Just Spare Parts 2 (Custom Design)
18mm 18mm 24mm(B)/18mm(U)
Black Brant No. FF-III-08 Tauras Tomahawk Q-Modeling - Raptor
(Custom Design) (Custom Design) Under Construction
24mm 18mm 24mm
Medium/High Power Rockets
LOC Aura Madcow Little John (2.6)