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Old 07-05-2024, 11:33 PM
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Default New Model Rocketry book to be released July 28, 2024

Just curious, does anybody have any additional background on this new model rocketry book to be released on July 28, 2024: https://www.amazon.com/dp/076436818...=osi&th=1&psc=1 ?

The title is, Model Rocketry: America's Hobby in the Cold War 1960-1980, by Alexander Procyk. It is subtitled, "A Survey of Model Rockets from the Golden Age of Spaceflight and the Model Rocketry Hobby from 1960 to 1980". It will be hardback with 112 pages and around 80+ examples with full-color photos of period built vintage, mostly, Estes model rockets, according to the description. Also states, "Full-color photos of the preserved rockets are accompanied by anecdotes on construction and flight performance, along with examples of packaging and catalog imagery." Based on some of the introductory remarks, "this is a nostalgic gift for children of the space age, and also an inspiration for the budding model rocketeers of the 21st century."

Amazon says Alex Procyk has written numerous articles on toy trains and a book on the history of transportation toys. He holds a PhD in chemistry, worked as an oilfield engineer, and is an editor at an oil-and-gas magazine. It does not mention Alex Procyk having any past history with model rocketry, so I am not sure what his experience or knowledge of the hobby is, or how accurate, or how in-depth the book will be.

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Old 07-06-2024, 02:53 AM
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I'd buy it, but it's still on pre-order.
No dice with that.
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Anyone know Alexander Procyk? Anyone ever meet him at a launch, NARCON, forums, etc.?
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Never heard of him at all.
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There might be some (some) interesting history perspectives in the book, but as a 'real' model rocketry book in the vein of GH Harrys stuff or similar, I probably would not expect too much out a book like this.

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Old 07-06-2024, 05:12 PM
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I tend to agree with you, Earl.

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There might be some (some) interesting history perspectives in the book, but as a 'real' model rocketry book in the vein of GH Harrys stuff or similar, I probably would not expect too much out a book like this.

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Yeah, it seems like it would be more of a coffee table book. I wonder how physically big it will be, and the area ratio of photo to text. I might keep an eye on it and get one, if and when it becomes available.
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