A First Look at the New MPC Rockets

MPC, which produced model rocket kits from 1969 to 1978, is coming back. Round 2, a “collectibles” company which has re-issued classic toys and plastic model kits, is producing new model rocket kits under the MPC brand. The new MPC’s first kits are a series of easy-to-build model rocket kits featuring colorful pre-printed body tubes and unique parachute designs which will be available in September of 2012.

Three of the first kits to be released pay tribute to Kiss, the flamboyant rock group which rose to fame in the late 1970s with hits such as “Rock and Roll All Nite.” The Kiss rockets feature full-color graphics based on classic Kiss albums. The rockets include color-molded plastic nose cones and fins. The paper body tubes are pre-decorated with images from the album covers. The plastic parachutes feature graphics inspired by the album covers. Two of the kits also contain self-stick fin decals.

Also being released

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Falcon 9 Model Rocket Kit Now Available from SpaceX

SpaceX’s flying scale model of their Falcon 9 rocket is now available from The 1/88 scale rocket is about 23″ tall and uses clear plastic fins for flight which may be removed for display.

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On December 8, 2010, SpaceX became the first commercial company in history to launch, fly, and recover a spacecraft from Earth orbit. The Falcon 9 rocket delivered the Dragon spacecraft to orbit where it circled the Earth at speeds greater than 7,600 meters per second (17,000 miles per hour). After nearly two orbits, Dragon fired its thrusters to begin reentry and splashed down in the Pacific Ocean 3 hours, 19 minutes and 52 seconds after liftoff. Now you can build and fly your own 1:88 scale model of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket with the Dragon spacecraft. With molded nose and tail, and full color stickers for body and nose, the

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Quest to Offer Composite Motors

Bill Stine, of Quest Aerospace, just “spilled the beans,” revealing that Quest is working on getting the proper paperwork in place to import composite rocket motors manufactured by Klima GmbH. Kilma is a fireworks manufacturer and model rocket retailer in Germany.

The new motors are single-use, end-burning composite motors in cardboard casings. The motors will be available in 18mm, 24mm, and 29mm diameters to fit standard size motor mounts. Subject to certification, the initial motors will be:

D7 (18mm) E18 (24mm) F14 (24mm) F24 (29mm)

The motors will have delays and ejection charges though booster versions will be available. The motors will come with Quest’s Q2G2 igniters.

The best estimate is that the motors will be available in the Fall of 2012.

Giant Leap Rocketry Releases the MARIAH-54

The Mariah-54 is a minimum diameter 54mm kit from Giant Leap Rocketry. Like its smaller cousin (the Mariah-38) the Mariah-54 features Giant Leap’s new Shotgun Recovery System. This means that the Mariah-54 is dual-deployment but has only one separation point to reduce drag and increase performance. The Shotgun configuration makes this a unique and high-performance rocket. The Mariah-54 is complex and comes with a detailed twenty-five page instruction and flight manual. It is intended for intermediate to advanced flyers who want to reach extreme altitudes as well as for those attempting speed or altitude records. The kit includes Magna-Frame composite tubing, curved fins in G-10 fiberglass, a Pinnacle nosecone, parachute, and Kevlar recovery system. The Mariah-54 also features an updated version of the Bread-Box Avionics Bay with a sliding access door to easily insert your electronics. The Mariah-54 is available at an introductory price at of $119 from Giant Leap Rocketry. It is also available

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DFR Technologies Releases Five New Scale Delta Kits

DFR Technologies has released five new model rocket kits. All are scale models of the Delta series of rockets.

The Delta II kit (DII-18) is a 1/72 scale model of the Delta II-7925H configuration which launched the rover Opportunity to Mars in 2003, the Planet Mercury Messenger mission in 2004, and the Dawn Asteroid mission in 2007.

The Delta III kit (DIII-18) is 1/72 scale model of the Delta III rocket which was launch just three times. The first two missions failed and the third placed a dummy satellite in a lower than required orbit.

The Delta IV Medium 4 + 2 kit (DIV-M42-18) and Delta IV Medium 5 + 4 kit (DIV-M54-18) are 1/124 scale models of the Delta IV rockets which have launched a variety of small to large spacecraft into Low/Medium Earth Orbit, Geosynchronous Orbit, and planetary trajectories.

The Delta IV Heavy kit (DIV-HVY-18) is a 1/124 scale model of the Deltla

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