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When I was a kid, I lived for model rocketry. I was the vice president of our town’s model rocketry club. I raked leaves, mowed lawns, babysat bratty kids, anything to save up enough scratch to order from the Estes or Centuri catalogs. I can still remember the supreme joy I would feel on the days when those packages would arrive in the mail. And I will forever experience a little flashback to my nerdy youth whenever I heard that “SSHHOOOO” sound of a rocket launch and the sulfury smell of a spent black powder motor casing. Good times. Good times.

Here are some of our favorite posts about model rockets that we’ve featured on the site over the years. I’m not a “Born-Again Rocketeer,” but I certainly get the itch whenever I come this close to the hobby I used to love so dearly. I still may be tempted back onto the range before I blast off for my final apogee.

rocketstand 2 Top 10: Model rocketry posts
Laser-cut model rocket stands

make 377 Top 10: Model rocketry posts
DIY Inclinometer: The SKYSCOPE

cvsrocket2 Top 10: Model rocketry posts
Make Podcast: John Maushammer’s CVS Rocketcam


The iPhone rocket: The story (and data) of how an iPhone hit 1300ft

flightprofile Top 10: Model rocketry posts
Estes educator – Free resources for model rocketry

make pt0902 Top 10: Model rocketry posts
Controlling model rocket firing

rocket telemetry gps Top 10: Model rocketry posts
Remote model rocket telemetery

diyrocketigniters 2 Top 10: Model rocketry posts
How-To: Make your own model rocket igniters

airrocket 1 Top 10: Model rocketry posts
How-To Tuesday: Compressed air rocket



10-Rail Model Rocket Mega-Launcher


Bonus item! Link to post about PDF download of the 1971 Centuri Model Rocket Designers Manual!

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.

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