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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.


Laser-cut model rocket stands


DIY Inclinometer: The SKYSCOPE


Make Podcast: John Maushammer’s CVS Rocketcam


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


Estes educator – Free resources for model rocketry


Controlling model rocket firing


Remote model rocket telemetery


How-To: Make your own model rocket igniters


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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