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Friday, December 23, 2011

Find your Estes Rocket Catalog Online

On Wednesday we were all waxing nostalgic about 73 Magazine. (Did anyone figure out how to download ALL 511 of them?) I mentioned that I read many of the early 1970s editions from cover to cover. This morning I found on the Maker blog links to another publication that was burned permanently into my adolescent memory banks: The Estes Model Rocket catalog. Wow, I spent a lot of time studying the tech stats on the various rockets and rocket engines. (A8-3s!) I suspect that many SolderSmoke fans were also Estes enthusiasts.

Here are ALL the catalogs:

I think mine was the 1971 edition (above). I still feel bad about losing my Astron Big Bertha. And guilty about all the frogs I killed in the Astron X-Ray. I forgot all about the rocket with the 8 mm movie camera.

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  1. There are multiple ways to download all 73 magazine issue. Search Google for a command line tool called wget (linux should have that installed already so try man wget) and just download recursively.

    Another way is to look in the shady(er) corners of the net and search for a torrent file that holds all issues.

    73, John

  2. Awww... The WWII Germain V2 rocket is gone in the 2011 Estes Catalog. Political Correctness gone awry (again)... BTW, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

  3. It was Jetex for me.


    I had a 50B and used it for rocket-powered balsa flying models and land vehicles.

    My kid brother was into Estes. He nearly burned his face off while trying to extract a dud fuse from an engine clamped in dad's bench vise. Fortunately, quick reaction saved his eyes and limited the damage to the back of his hand and his eyebrows.

    He was the reckless one; I stuck to cardboard tubes, gunpowder and power supplies using selenium rectifiers :-).

    73.......Steve Smith WB6TNL
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