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When I was two, there was a modroc demonstration that my father was the safety officer for when we were stationed in Thailand. I was too young to remember this, but from the photos and the smiles on my face, I have always loved rockets!

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I am to the right, my brother to the left. My father is in white.

Through some help from the NAR group on facebook. I was able to find an article on the event!

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My first model rocket memory was from 1976 when my dad purchased this kit for my brother and I. At that time I was 9 years old.

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From that point on, I was hooked! Thanks to my parents on supporting the new found hobby, I quickly created a fleet of rockets and my skills improved at a rapid pace. Here's a shot from around 1978:

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(In the above image, notice that the Estes Orbital Transport has only the glider portion, the rocket must have been lost to the winds and the forest. Also, the rocket in front of my knees is missing the front half as it dangled from a telephone pole wire for about six months before the cord gave way and gave me back the aft section.)

By 1980, my focus completely switched to a new hobby (computer programming) and rocketry lay dormant for many years.

I did not revisit the hobby until June 2013 when a friend fired off some bottle rockets. This re-ignited my interest in creating a rocket. I joined the NAR and achieved Level 3 within around 6 months. It's been a great ride and I don't see getting tired of the hobby any time soon.

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(2014-11-08 photo by Eric Zsolczai)
 
Below is my most epic flight to date - The Mighty Nutcracker launched in Colorado on an N1100.
 

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Starblazer X-20 Packaging.png Starblazer X-20
92.3
3 users
96 19.25"
48.90cm
0.97"
2.46cm
0.07lb.
31.75g
18mm
InterceptorColor.png Interceptor
95.0
3 users
95 3 26.00"
66.04cm
1.32"
3.35cm
0.24lb.
108.86g
orbital.png Orbital Transport
88.5
2 users
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58.97g
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CherokeeD.png Cherokee D
87.5
2 users
90 2 21.60"
54.86cm
1.33"
3.38cm
0.17lb.
77.11g
24mm
s-l1600.png Cheetah
92.0
2 users
89 32.00"
81.28cm
1.90"
4.83cm
0.63lb.
285.76g
29mm
000651_main_1_2.png Der Red Max
86.7
3 users
85 1 16.29"
41.38cm
1.64"
4.17cm
0.15lb.
68.04g
18mm
001948_package_1_2.jpg Big Bertha
90.8
4 users
85 1 24.00"
60.96cm
1.64"
4.17cm
0.16lb.
72.57g
18mm
003217_main_2.jpg Vagabond
87.5
4 users
85 2 35.25"
89.54cm
1.64"
4.17cm
0.26lb.
117.93g
24mm
OrionStarfighter.png Orion Starfighter
83.5
2 users
84 3 20.25"
51.44cm
0.97"
2.46cm
0.07lb.
31.75g
18mm
001261_package_1_1.jpg Baby Bertha
84.4
5 users
82 1 12.75"
32.39cm
1.64"
4.17cm
0.12lb.
54.43g
18mm
Vigilante.png Vigilante
81.5
2 users
82 2 26.50"
67.31cm
1.37"
3.48cm
0.14lb.
63.50g
18mm
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USSAtlantis.png USS Atlantis
76.0
2 users
77 3 23.30"
59.18cm
0.98"
2.49cm
0.12lb.
54.43g
002443_package_1.jpg Splendor
74.0
3 users
75 Easy 24.80"
62.99cm
1.35"
3.43cm
0.16lb.
72.57g
18mm
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74.0
2 users
75 2 10.90"
27.69cm
1.40"
3.56cm
0.22lb.
99.79g
18mm
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70.3
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70 5 57.75"
146.69cm
4.00"
10.16cm
2.19lb.
0.99kg
54mm
002440_package_3.jpg Magician
70.0
4 users
50 3 33.50"
85.09cm
1.33"
3.38cm
0.22lb.
99.79g
24mm

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