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Old 06-03-2011, 06:23 PM
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I'm not much of a collector, but I'd love to have a set of old MPC kits . . . to build. Build them perfectly, to make up for the awful mess I made of the ones I built back in the 70s.

Not all of them. Just the oddballs (Martian Patrol, Lunar Patrol) and a representative sample of the others.
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Old 06-03-2011, 06:51 PM
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I'm not much of a collector, but I'd love to have a set of old MPC kits . . . to build. Build them perfectly, to make up for the awful mess I made of the ones I built back in the 70s.

Not all of them. Just the oddballs (Martian Patrol, Lunar Patrol) and a representative sample of the others.


Ditto. I've got a pretty decent start with the four I have. Three of the four were badly stored in the original boxes and two had damage from the bad storage. Not much of a decision to build them, and I think I did them justice. The decals are not in the best of shape, kinda yellowed. I'd like to finish them with the decals eventually, but that's a project for down the road.
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Old 06-03-2011, 08:37 PM
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I launched a couple of MPC A3-2's from the late 60's a couple of weeks ago. The first rocket (streamer recovery) had a melt down about 50 ft off the pad. I read the term "skunked" somewhere...thats what I would call it. Destroyed.

So of course I had to put another one in a Semroc spaceman. That sucker when up in a cloud of smoke, sparks and stench that was quite impressive. Awesome. Went pretty high too. No ejection though and the spaceman came down head first on a cement path, trailing smoke the whole way. The spaceman had a broken arm, a flat head and a little neck damage but will live to fly another day.

So I guess the point is don't fly old MPC's in anything you value until you test them out first, although I value my remaining stash for the above reasons.


I have a LOT of old MPC/AVI engines that I have been flying lately, without any problems.
Granted, your A3-2s from the late 1960s are a few years older than mine.
And I do agree, they smell much more than a new engine after firing.
Lots more delay smoke too!
I wasn't able to get them to ignite with the old MPC igniters though. Usually the pyrogen was broken off.
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