Michael Collins Dies

Michael Collins was born on October 31, 1930 in Rome, Italy , his dad James Lawton Collins was the U.S. military attaché there from 1928-1932. For the first 17 years of his life he lived in Rome; Oklahoma; Governors Island, New York; Fort Hoyle (near Baltimore, Maryland); Fort Hayes (near Columbus, Ohio); Puerto Rico; San Antonio, Texas; and Alexandria, Virginia.

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Drill Bit Sizing Chart

Drill bits are used to remove material to create a hole. There are several considerations like the spiral (rate of twist or how it controls the rate of chip removal), the point angle (harder materials require a larger point angle where soft material require a sharp angle), the lip angle (the amount of support provided to the cutting edge)

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Estes Super Vega Repair

Estes Super Vega is the upscale version of the Estes Starship Vega (kit #1320). It was designed by Wayne Kellner and first offered in the 1979 catalog for $6.50. The Super Vega (kit #2036) released in 1990 and is 36″ in height compared to the Starship Vega at 20″. Mine has flown great for years but would take some serious damage on the landing pods and the legs were constantly breaking off. I previously wrapped the landing pods in fiberglass. Now to work on those legs.

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Estes – Gene Street

I started building and flying Estes Rockets back in the 1960’s. I was, what they call, a born again rocketeer in the late 90’s and have been active in the hobby ever since. I found this information about Gene Street on the Vintage Estes Rockets website and thought it was interesting.

This was my list, I made, for my first order from Estes Industries.

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Amy Shira Teitel

Amy Shira Teitel (born in Toronto, lives in Pasadena with her cat Pete Conrad) has had a lifelong passion for spaceflight, her second grade project was on Venus and since then hasn’t stopped accumulating knowledge on the Apollo program and all of Space history.

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Building a Mars Lander Model Rocket

I saw this 3D printed, Estes Mars Lander clone on Facebook. I contacted the poster and ended up buying a printed kit from him. It is beautifully detailed and is basically a Skill Level 1, as it pretty much just snaps and twists together. I flew it and came up with a couple of issues that he will be working on with his next 3D print. I used too small a chute so it broke a leg, which he had included extra. Here is how it went.

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