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Old 01-06-2011, 11:42 PM
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Well now that is a possibility for the golden anniversary of the Aero-Dart in 2019.


Well, the very first Aero-Dart was featured in the 1962 Centuri catalog. Here's my clone, based on the catalog picture:

Think you can get that out the door by next year?
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Old 01-07-2011, 12:23 AM
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Think you can get that out the door by next year?

I was hoping no one would notice the original version!
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Please consult the attachments on posts #2 and 3 of the following thread:

http://www.oldrocketforum.com/showthread.php?p=79288

,,,to peruse my first 21st century (Centuri? ) contribution to our hobby.


(Translation: "Lee Piester: An Unassuming Legend" in the Jan./Feb. 2003 issue of "Sport Rocketry.")


Submitted for your approval,


Jay,

Thanks for sharing this. Quite an interesting article. I only had a few Centuri rockets (Laser X, KC-6 Space Shuttle, U.S.S. America, and Space 1999 Eagle Transporter) and their Powr Pad launcher when I was a kid. Even tough I had mostly Estes rockets, they were special to me then and now. I'm currently in the process of refurbishing an original Centuri Recruiter.

Here's a link to an online historical Centuri display I found and want to share for the Smithsonian:

http://160.111.252.58/collections/c...showrecords=all
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Old 01-07-2011, 11:59 AM
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Here's a link to an online historical Centuri display I found and want to share for the Smithsonian:
I thought they looked familiar. They are from the Stine collection. Probably taken by Dr. Bob Craddock.

Thanks for the link!
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Old 01-07-2011, 12:36 PM
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I was hoping no one would notice the original version!
Me too. Centuri too.

On the Smithsonian link, I found the 1962 Mini-Max motor interesting. It was only 10 short years later in early 1972 I made my first complete model rocket motor prototype with thrust, delay, and ejection. It was an APCP 29mm E20-4.

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This year is also the 50th anniversary of Centuri Engineering. Time for a "Golden Widow"!

If you make it I will buy!!!!!!!!
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I was hoping no one would notice the original version! [of the early Centuri Aero-Dart]
Why? I find nothing aesthetically repellent about it. It's reminiscent of the early British Skylark sounding rocket rounds, which had rhombic fins.
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Why? I find nothing aesthetically repellent about it. It's reminiscent of the early British Skylark sounding rocket rounds, which had rhombic fins.

I think Carl is afraid folks will now insist on a Golden Aero-Dart in time for the 50th anniversary next year.

Note that Semroc carries all the parts you need to EASILY clone the original Aero-Dart. I had to have BMS make the cone; everything else I had to make or adapt. The tube is a mailing tube that was heavily filled and sanded.
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-SNIP-Here's a link to an online historical Centuri display I found and want to share for the Smithsonian:

http://160.111.252.58/collections/c...showrecords=all
I found something unusual in the NASM's Centuri kit collection. Their Micron kit (see: http://160.111.252.58/collections/a...id=A19930698000 ) has the same "helical checkerboard" roll pattern decal (printed in red) as the Centuri Snipe Hunter (see: http://www.ninfinger.org/rockets/no...a/79cen012.html ), instead of the straight black roll pattern decal shown in Micron illustrations in the Centuri catalogs (see: http://www.ninfinger.org/rockets/ca...01/701cen6.html ). Since the NASM's Micron kit is the earlier version with a balsa nose cone (as is Semroc's "Retro-Repro" Micron kit), Semroc already has a "helical checkerboard" roll pattern decal (from their "Retro-Repro" Snipe Hunter kit, see: http://www.semroc.com/Store/scripts...s.asp?SKU=KV-51 ) that would be historically authentic if they also included it in their Micron kit.
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Please consult the attachments...
Holy cow, its been that long? It seems like just the other day we were listening to Lee at NARCON, and you were telling me about "the rest of the story"! I'll have to dig my copy up and read it again.
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