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Old 07-18-2017, 06:48 PM
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Default Launch pad

I am using that kind of pad. The launch control is different but still a classic.
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Vern: Your comments are always welcome. The contributions of other forum members can also be invaluable and are encouraged at any time.

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Lee I had nearly the opposite experience growing up in a small Arizona town...the hobby shop there was strictly Centuri! He did carry Model Rocketry magazine and it was in there I learned about Estes and the other companies I didn't start mail ordering until we moved to Tucson. The hobby shops there had more balanced stock of Centuri, Estes, and later Cox and MPC.


Dave, interesting! I still mentally kick myself for placing an engine-only order with Centuri! I do still have the cool little shipping boxes they came in. Looks like they could hold about 6 motors. I'll have to see. I still have a couple B14s (booster and upper stage) which by the date on them may have been from that order.
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This thread has been fantastic!

Please keep posting Pat, Vern (and Gleda )
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Default Inventor of the Ceramic Blast Deflector

The MPC starter kit pictured earlier featured a unique parabolic blast deflector. The design made its first appearance as an R&D entry at NARAM 11 submitted by Sven Englund of New Canaan, CT.

This was the very same Sven Englund who was the winner of the Estes "Launch Pad Sweepstakes" which had a trip to see the Apollo 11 launch with Vern Estes as its grand prize. Methinks that ol' Sven might have been the object of envy by a few thousand rocketeers over that win!

Only a few months later the April 7, 1970 issue of Model Rocketry magazine would report that MPC had purchased the rights to his deflector design from Sven for the princely sum of $75 dollars. Here's the story from Ninfinger.org: Model Rocketry Magazine April, 1970

The design is still available today from various model rocketry dealers.
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Default MPC Ceramic Deflector

PAT, Remember that Canaroc acquired the MPC Pad, plus the COX Launch Controller, renaming it the "Transa-pad" it also included Sven's Ceramic deflector. Love those little units, I still have a half dozen or so in my Ground Equipment inventory. They are fragile , and don't survive blown nozzles on those rare motor cato's. .

I too am enjoying this history thread.

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Dave, interesting! I still mentally kick myself for placing an engine-only order with Centuri! I do still have the cool little shipping boxes they came in. Looks like they could hold about 6 motors. I'll have to see. I still have a couple B14s (booster and upper stage) which by the date on them may have been from that order.

I don't recall a special motor shipping box...could you post a pic? It's a part of history just like blue and red tubes, right?
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