NARTREK Cadet Program

Alan BoldtFor almost a decade, has supported the National Association of Rocketry’s NARTREK Cadet program.

The NARTREK Cadet program is designed specifically for modelers under age 18 and is open to both members and non-members of the NAR.

The NARTREK Cadet program consists of a series of four achievement levels in rocketry. Each level requires more skill to complete than the previous level. As each level is finished, the NAR will send you an Achievement Certificate and an enameled pin certifying your accomplishment. You are under no time limit. You progress at your own pace.

For information on the NARTREK Cadet program, please visit the National Association of Rocketry’s web site:


In addition to the certificate and pin awarded by NAR, we are offering a FREE ROCKET KIT (of our choice) to each child that completes a level of the NARTREK Cadet program.

When you (or your child) completes a level of the Cadet program send a copy of the certificate to us at You can scan the certificate or send a digital photograph of it.  If you wish, you can also include a photo or two for us to include in our blog. Please include the child’s name, the NARTREK Cadet level completed, and your shipping address.

Fine Print: This offer is only available to new Cadet program participants.  Certificates must be dated June 1, 2013, or later. The participant must be 18 years of age or younger.  Please contact us if you have any questions.

Replace the Light Bulb in Your Older Estes Launch Controller With an LED (For Free, Almost)


Almost Free LED UpgradeWe have added a red LED to our catalog.  The bright LED fits in the socket of many older 6V launch controllers, such as the Estes Electron Beam, replacing the old-fashioned light bulb.  

We’ve tested the LEDs successfully in a couple of old Estes controllers we have laying around.  It seems to work fine with both the old and new Estes igniters, or,as the new ones are now called, “Starters.”

We haven’t tested then with any other igniters, such as the Quest Q2G2s yet, but they should make the older Estes controllers safe to use with the lower-current igniters.  

We would like your opinion of how well these LEDs work to replace the light bulbs in your older launch controllers.  So, we are offering you one for free. 


Well, almost for free.


The online shopping software we use at won’t let us list a free product.  I could have fixed that, but it was easier to offer the LED for one cent.

Yes, you still need to pay for shipping.  But, shipping is free (in the US) if your order totals $40 or more.


This special offer is limited to one per customer and to the first 25 customers who order a one-cent LED.


Once you’ve tried one of these LEDs, please send us an email (or use the “Contact Us” link on our web site) to let us know what you think of it.

Aerospace Speciality Products

ASP WAC CorporalWe’ve added scale model rocket kits and parachutes from Aerospace Speciality Products to our online store. We approached ASP about carrying their kits after reading reviews in the Model Rocket Building Blog and at  The reviews convinced us that ASP’s kits are of the best quality and are sure to please our customers.

ASP offers scale models in a wide range of sizes, from tiny rockets powered by MicroMaxx motors to large ones propelled by E and F motors.  Often several scale models of a single real-world rocket are available.  For example, the WAC Coporal is offered as a single-stage, MicroMaxx-powered kit (pictured) as well as a two-stage kit powered by a 24mm motor in the booster and an 18mm motor in the upper stage.

Estes Price Increase

Estes No. 2 Skywriter KitEstes has announced a price increase effective April 1st. The list price for about a dozen of their products will increase.  The affected products include the No. 2 Skywriter, Alpha bulk set, and their plastic parachutes.

We’ve updated the “MSRP” for the products on our site, but have kept our discounted prices the same for now. Our prices will be adjusted at the beginning of April as we restock the items. at NARCON 2014

We had a fun time at the National Association of Rocketry’s 2014 Convention, NARCON, in Cocoa Beach.

Our room had a wonderful view of the beach and ocean, but the event kept us so busy that we had little time to stay in the room.

International Palms ResortWe covered four tables in the vendor room with an assortment of rocketry products.

2014_03_01_08_39-000We had the pleasure of meeting many interesting people including Vern and Gleda Estes.

Bracha with Vern and Gleda EstesWe introduced a couple of new products which will be available from soon.

Odd'l Rockets PigasusDesigned by Chris Michielsson, the Pigasus is a new kit from Odd’l Rockets.

Chris also designed the new plastic parachutes for ParachuteThe plastic sheet is part of a parachute kit which can be used to make a 12″, 15″, or 18″ parachute.

Bracha and I had a wonderful time at NARCON. We would like to thank and congratulate the organizers for bringing a world-class event to Central Florida!

GRITS Winternationals

Bracha and I just returned from the inaugural GRITS Winternationals regional rocket launch near Tifton, Georgia. Although the weather provided some challenges on Friday and Sunday, Saturday was cool, clear, and calm – a perfect day for rockets! Tent

We set up our tent on “Vendor Row” near the low-power launch pads. Our six-foot tall “Big Daddy Akavish” stood guard next to the tent. The cotton farm provided an excellent site for launching rockets, both small and large.

GRITS Launch


We had the pleasure of meeting several customers of It was also nice to meet a number of local people who had come just to watch the launch.  We sold a few ready-to-fly and easy-to-assemble rocket kits so we hope to see many of them at next year’s GRITS launch!

While Bracha took photographs from the ground using our DSLR camera. I took aerial photos and video of the event using the camera on my Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter.

Roger's Quad Copter


You can view our photos in the GRITS Winternationals Photo Album at I’ll post a video of the launch later.

Semroc Update

SemrocCarl McLawhorn started Semroc Astronautics in 1967 in his college dorm room.  Today Semroc manufactures many of the model rocket kits we sell including replicas of classic designs from Estes Rockets, Centuri, and others. Carl died earlier this year, but his wife Sheryl, and son Bruce, along with other members of the family, continue to operate the company to the high standard set by Carl.

Unfortunately, the McLawhorn family has once again been hit by tragedy as Bruce is in the hospital in serious condition. His prognosis for recovery is good and we wish him a speedy recovery.

In the mean time, Semroc’s web site is off-line due to an issue with the domain name registration. The problem should be resolved soon.

In order not to burden the family during this time, we are not placing any restock orders with Semroc. But, we have every reason to believe that Bruce will be okay and that Sheryl and Semroc will be back as strong as ever.

If you wish to make a contribution to help Bruce and his family with their medical bills and other expenses, you may send a donation through PayPal to Semroc’s email address, Sheryl will forward the money to the family’s church which is administering a fund to support Bruce’s family.