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Introduction 8 years 3 months ago #862

  • Dennis
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Hello,

I thought I would give a brief introduction of myself. For the last year or so, when I'd be at the local Hobby Lobby with my wife, I always tended to end up back in the corner with the science kits, trains, model cars, and Estes rocket displays. I would look at the rockets, think about back in my junior high shop class when we built and launched rockets from scratch, and thought about buying a starter set.

I always found an excuse to not do it. Then recently, while I was reading the back of the box of a starter set, my daughters asked if I was going to buy it. I asked why they wanted to know and their response was, “Because that would be really cool and fun”. So there was my excuse to buy. A hobby that I would enjoy, that my daughters would enjoy, and that I can also use to teach them some things about physics and math. I bought the “Flash” starter set.

Since then, we’ve added an Astrobeam and a Baby Bertha. Astrobeam and Baby Bertha are still waiting to be assembled, but I will be working on Bertha the next couple of evenings and the Astrobeam is waiting for my daughters to get back from visiting their grandparents.

So far, with our launch location, I have limited the height of flight to the lowest rated engines. I have been on the web researching the hobby and looking for clubs and the best way to find good launch sites, etc. which led me here. I work in Indianapolis and live in Yorktown, which is right next door to Muncie. I notice that there are regular launches at the AMA in Muncie, which I imagine is a great site for it.

I don’t know how long my daughters will keep their interest in model rocketry, my oldest got distracted by the RC planes the last time we went looking for rockets. But I think I might be enjoying it more than them anyway. I don’t know that I would venture from the model rocket level to the mid power or high power rocketry, but I would definitely enjoy watching others launch theirs.
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Re:Introduction 8 years 3 months ago #865

  • Rick Randol
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Awesome. Your story is like many, you will find. Most of the guys started when they were kids and have returned to the hobby or never really left. There's a great bunch of guys in the ROCI club and we draw people from all around. We have a meeting tonight but, with everyone's busy schedule, it's sometimes lightly attended. There are bigger meeting crowds during the cooler months. We don't have a launch in July at the AMA because they use the field the whole month of July.

This forum has light attendance as well, I think due to everyones busy life. With that said, there are a bunch of knowledgeable guys here that know a lot about rocketry. So, ask questions, it just might take a bit for an answer.

Welcome to rocketry! Again or for the first time.

Rick Randol
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