Odds and Ends:
Buying Model Rockets at Discount Prices:
Michael's Arts and Crafts store usually has a 40% or 50% off coupon in the Sunday, VA Pilot, newspaper. This is good for one item. Michael's has a small selection of Estes rockets and motors. They have stores in Chesapeake (2), Virginia Beach (2), and Newport News, VA. An Estes Patriot rocket kit was purchased for $6.49 plus tax, for example.
HobbyTown, Virginia Beach - Has some model rockets and hobby suppllies.
AC Supply - Estes at 33% to 40% off
Belleville Wholesale Hobby - Custom, Estes, Quest, Quasar One at 40% off
Discount Rocketry - Estes, Custom, Quest, Loc Precision, AeroTech, Vaughn Brothers, Cosmodome, DynaStar, and Modelrockets.us from 10% to 30% off
Hobby Surplus - Estes and Quest rockets.
Hobbylinc - Has sales on Estes, Edmonds, and Aerotech from 12% to 38% off
Buying Motors at Discount
Balsa Machining - High power AeroTech, 25% off
Hobbylinc - Has A through G motors up to 38% off.
Performance Hobbies - Will have specials up to 25% off.
Red Arrow Hobbies - High power AeroTech, 18% - 20% off.
Value Rockets - Mid power AeroTech at low prices.
Wildman Rocketry - Will have specials up to 35% off. AeroTech and Cesaroni
H/W Compatibility Chart: (H/W compatible only, motor certification is not considered.)
|Re-Loads vs Cases||AeroTech||Monster||Dr. Rocket||Loki||Gorilla||AMW||Kosdon||AMW Pro-X||CTI Pro|
|Kosdon AMW (KBA)||Y||Y||Y||Y|
|Cesaroni Technology (CTI)||Y||Y|
|Animal Motor Works (AMW)||Y||Y|
|AeroTech by CTI (ABC)||Y||Y|
Adept Rocketry - Altimeters - ADEPT22 ($39), ALTIM1 ($20); deployment controllers, stagers, timers.
AED Electronics - R-DAS model (From Europe).
AltimeterOne - AltimeterOne for $50
Altus Metrum - Altimeter and GPS
Entacore Electronics - AIM USB 2.0 ($?)
Feather Weight - Altimeters ($159).
G-Wiz - Altimeters ($135, $235).
MARSA - MARS A4 altimeter ($225).
Missile Works - RRC2 Altimeter ($80).
Olsen - Altimeter with a LCD display [Sold out].
Ozark Aerospace - Altimeter (ARTS2 model) ($190).
PerfectFlite - Altimeters ($75 - $100), Recording Altimeters ($34-$68), timers ($25 - $35).
Perfectflite Direct - 25% off
Public Missiles - Timer ($85), altimeter (Co-Pilot model) ($130).
Quest - How High altimeter ($47) - 0.25 oz, 1.3" long with batteries.
Rincon Rocketry - Mission Control flight controller ($225).
Winged Shadow - Same as Quest How High ($42).
Xavien - Event controller ($85), timer ($40), camera controller ($32 - $34), cluster igniter ($26).
Rocket recovery tracking:
Adept Rocketry - Transmitters ($59) up to 15 miles LOS, directional antennas
Transmitters ($159 - $189) - 2 to 9 miles on the ground, 90 miles LOS, receivers($400 - $600).
BigRedBee - Transmitters ($95) - 5 miles on the ground, 180 miles in the air, license needed.
Rocket Hunter / Rocket Tracker - Transmitters ($106) - 5 miles on the ground, 50 miles LOS.
Altus Metrum - Altimeter and GPS
Black Magic Works - Computer and GPS transmitter ($1,300 - $1,445) - 20 to 40 mile range.
BigRedBee - GPS transmitters ($275 - $389) - 1W to 5W transmit power.
Eagle Tree Systems - Data acquisition and GPS transmitter ($1,550) - 14 miles, 1W.
Garmin Astro 320 and DC 40 - GPS transmitter and receiver ($600 retail) - 7 miles LOS.
. Astro 220 receiver, DC 30 and DC 20 transmitters (out of production)
Garmin GPS & 2-way radios - Rino 110, transmits position between units.
GPS Flight - No prices shown.
GPS Flight at Rebel Space
MARSA 4 - MARSA GPS-1
Ozark Aerospace - ARTS, GPS transmitter ($400), GPS receiver ($270) - 20 miles LOS.
Tragic Little Aerospace - Micro GPS, transmitter and receiver, $300
Schurter rotary switch from
Allied Electronics - $3.17/ea.
Wind Measurement -
Adhesives - West System locally from West Marine or mail order PBS Boat Store. J-B Weld from AutoZone, Lowes or mail-order.
Drop Forged Eye Bolts - Re-Stock-it.Com - $3.50/ea
Motor Storage - Stanley plastic storage boxes at Lowes - $12/ea
Metal stock - Launch rods, etc - Speedymetals.com
Motor Retention -
Aero Pack - LOC (cardboard) or PML (QT polymer)
Slimline, tailcone retainers, QuikLok, or Motorholder by Giant Leap
HAMR by PML
Railbuttons - DogHouseRocketry
Canopies - 10' x 10' type canopies from Walmart
Tables - 6' plastic folding table from Sam's Club
Custom rack holders for rockets - Racks made from PVC piping