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Old 09-22-2016, 05:42 PM
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Note that the MPC and MRC pads were very different.

There is a picture of the "Lunar Lectric" MPC pad, as offered by AVI, here:

http://www.ninfinger.org/rockets/nostalgia/73avi08.html

There's a picture of the MPC launch controller there as well.

MPC included a ceramic parabolic blast deflector / standoff.
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When I got into the hobby for real in March 1970, my first real pad and controller were from MPC.
More pics and info about the MPC Pad and controller:

Some blog posts by Chris Michielssen on the modelrocketbuilding/blogspot.com site

MRI to MPC to AVI info:

http://modelrocketbuilding.blogspot...01_archive.html

Pages with info and pics of an MPC Pad and controller he got from eBay:

http://modelrocketbuilding.blogspot...controller.html

http://modelrocketbuilding.blogspot...ler-part-2.html

http://modelrocketbuilding.blogspot...ler-part-3.html

http://modelrocketbuilding.blogspot...-part-4_14.html

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Old 10-23-2016, 02:30 PM
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There is this hobby shop here in the Twin Cities that specializes in OOP models and other neat stuff. Hanging on the wall in their rocketry area are I think 4 MPC Lunar Launch pads. The packaging looks old, I could not see a date on them. Anyway they are silver and remind me a lot of the Estes Porta Pad in design, except they have a red fiberglass launch rod. They are the pad only and do not include a launch controller.

Back when I was growing up in western PA, the hobby shops there carried only Estes and Centuri products. It wasn't until years later that I found out MPC made more than just car models.

If they still have one left I would love to get one can you send me the name of the shop?
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If they still have one left I would love to get one can you send me the name of the shop?



I saw them at Scale Model Supplies in St. Paul.
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I saw them at Scale Model Supplies in St. Paul.

MPC early 1970's ????

Or are you thinking MRC, late 1980's to early 1990's?

Totally different pads. I wish I had an old MPC pad again. MRC pad ..... "meh".
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I have one of the MPC launch pads.
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One recently sold on Ebay.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-MPC...cvip=true&rt=nc
It's ended, Sold for over $85.
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Old 10-26-2016, 04:56 PM
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One recently sold on Ebay.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-MPC...cvip=true&rt=nc
It's ended, Sold for over $85.


Well, $85 is more than I'd be willing to pay for an MPC pad.

But wow, that was a whole Starter Set with controller and a NIKE SMOKE (and a few engines apparently).

Plus the box, unopened! Still outside of my budget, but somebody got a really nice deal for $85.

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Well, $85 is more than I'd be willing to pay for an MPC pad.

But wow, that was a whole Starter Set with controller and a NIKE SMOKE (and a few engines apparently).

Plus the box, unopened! Still outside of my budget, but somebody got a really nice deal for $85.

I agree. I've never seen that particular starter set before. To get a new sealed set with all those goodies was a steal at $85 in my opinion. Whereas boxed MPC kits show up all the time on eBay, I've never seen a sealed starter set there.
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wow I missed that one . Great deal
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