May you have clear skies
fair winds
and soft (in-field) landings

This blog will chronicle my journey through the exciting and enriching world of model rocketry. I’m planning to document my builds, modeling techniques, product reviews, significant days on the launch line, incoherent ramblings, inspired ideas and anything else related to punching holes in the sky atop a tower of smoke and flame.

  • Who Am I? How’d I Get Here?

    August 30, 2019 by

    For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a strong interest in science, aviation, rockets, all things “techy”, and anything mechanical. Right brained? That’s me in so many ways. Years ago I was heavily involved in model aviation. I built and flew mostly e-powered planes – everything from mostly pre-built kits all the way… Read more

  • Mean Machine Mk. II

    September 19, 2019 by

    In an earlier post, I review the Estes Mean Machine (001295) and discuss the benefits and shortcomings of this really great rocket. With this build, I’m going to try and address some of the shortcomings of the “out of the box” build of this model. Planned mods: Replace 3/16 launch lugs for 1/4″ lugs +… Read more

  • Estes Mean Machine (#001295)

    September 18, 2019 by

    The Estes Mean Machine (#001295) is a fantastic looking sport flier. It’s built up with four lengths of BT-60 body tubes, and stands 79″ tall. You’ll definitely get some attention as you approach the flight line with this rocket over your shoulder, and you’ll keep their attention with its dramatic slow liftoff characteristics and beefy… Read more

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