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Old 11-12-2010, 02:17 PM
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I think I received my first Park water rocket some time around 1954. There were also a number of baking soda / vinegar rockets on the market back then. Note that many of them used spin fins.
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Old 11-12-2010, 02:30 PM
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The water rocket folks even have their own NAR-equivalent!

http://www.wra2.org/

Some of these folks get pretty hard-core: http://www.water-rockets.com/article.pl?201,0
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Old 11-12-2010, 02:37 PM
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I saw one of these with the tower launcher on eBay recently. I saved a picture from it.

I had the single stage version when I was a kid. I flew the heck out of it until one of the spin fins broke off. I picked one up awhile back still in the original box off eBay. I got a lucky surprise when I opened it that there were 3 rockets inside the box, 2 were not visible or mentioned in the auction.
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Old 11-12-2010, 02:41 PM
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I saw one of these with the tower launcher on eBay recently. I saved a picture from it.

I had the single stage version when I was a kid. I flew the heck out of it until one of the spin fins broke off. I picked one up awhile back still in the original box off eBay. I got a lucky surprise when I opened it that there were 3 rockets inside the box, 2 were not visible or mentioned in the auction.
Great pic. Thanks, Tim.

http://www.oldrocketforum.com/attac...achmentid=20924

The one on the pad looks very much like what I pictured in my mind.
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How does the recovery system deploy?

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Old 11-12-2010, 02:48 PM
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How does the recovery system deploy?


I'm curious about that too. Maybe it is a loose fit and falls apart at apogee.

I wish I had bid on it, it only went for $19. Then I would know.
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Great pic. Thanks, Tim.

http://www.oldrocketforum.com/attac...achmentid=20924

The one on the pad looks very much like what I pictured in my mind.
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How does the recovery system deploy?

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I had several Parks water rockets when I was a kid (red single-stage, red two-stage, Gemini capsule & parachute with booster).

The Gemini capsule paracute was stored under the capsule during boost. When the rocket reached apogee and turned over, the capsule fell away and the parachute open (It really did work).

That boosted rocket coming in ballistic made quite a'thud' when it hit.

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My younger brother had that supposed 2-stage Apollo setup. He may still have it; I dunno.
Never could get it to fly nearly as well as the claims.
The cheap hand-held teardrop shaped ones most often flew better.
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I still have the single and 2 stage Plastic Park rockets.

Thanks for posting that, Leo.

This looks like the rocket I was thinking of.

Do you mind if I copy this pic and maybe use it on my site? Thanks.

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Leo's rocket is the same as the one on the pad at right? They look much the same, but I'm not 100% sure.

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Old 11-12-2010, 06:49 PM
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I saw one of these with the tower launcher on eBay recently. I saved a picture from it.


BTW, that's definitely the console I remember.

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