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Old 11-12-2010, 08:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Doug Sams
I'm getting smarter in my old age. Thinking these were in the Sears Wishbook, a little Googling turned up a great find: (You can spend hours there, so be careful ).

Thanks for posting this link.
Not trying to hijack this thread,
I went to the 1969 Sears catalog and found the first real rocket I had, the Vashon Valkyrie 2.
I ordered it from this very catalog.
We couldn't get black powder engines in California then, at the time this seemed like the best alternative.
Even in 1969, $14.99 was a great price for the whole package.

Thanks for the flashback!
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Old 11-13-2010, 03:58 AM
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Originally Posted by timorley
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.

That's a slightly different version from the one I had. The tower and the console were the same, but my console was molded in either red or white, and it had the rocket that is pictured on the pad, as well as a two stage version. I did not have that parachute rocket, but I remember seeing that one for sale by itself (or with the blimp rocket) in Woolworths.
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Old 11-13-2010, 04:05 AM
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Originally Posted by ghrocketman
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.

As I recall the two stage rocket rarely stayed together through "burnout" of the first stage. They separated not very long after launch, and just looked like two rockets flying in formation, and they didn't fly much higher than the single staged version (which, for me, only got about 70-80 feet... about 10-20 feet above the tallest pine in the yard).
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Old 11-14-2010, 12:04 PM
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I bought my son one of these about six years ago. (Newer version)
He loved it!
I still see them once in a while.
Cheap summertime fun.
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Old 11-14-2010, 12:35 PM
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Parks Plastic GEMINI version, up for auction. Looks pretty cool!
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