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MARCH 2019



It's Sweet 16!

We just want to take a second to say a World Wide Thank You to the thousands of visitors and friends we've made over the last 15 years! 

When Verna & Randy's Rockets first began we had no idea of the true meaning of "World Wide Web. It still humbles, blesses and amazes us that people all over the world, in dozens of countries, visit this site every month. Thank you all for your emails and photos, and for making us a part of your world!

Year 16 starts now!


How Long Has It Been?



Are the spiders setting up housekeeping in the body tubes and motor casings of your best flyers? Are they lonely, languishing like Buran in the corner, silently aching to be flown or completed? Is that faint, strange noise you hear in the wee hours of the night, actually your old rockets and motors quietly sobbing due to neglect? A crying rocket is a very sad thing to see. 


Does this look like the door to your basement?

Perhaps it's time for you to visit your old friends who patiently wait in the basement or shed for you to take them out into the light, into the blue and renew the relationships you've been neglecting for so long. Remember the old saying "A rocket is a terrible thing to waste."  


Do your rockets look like the one above?

We're not judging you, we understand your plight. Lately it seems more and more often that life gets in the way of us flying as much as we would like. Far too often we make plans to go to the monthly club launch or finally get started on that super special build we've been planning for the last 15 years, only to have something happen at the last minute that keeps us from making it out to the field or sitting at the work bench. Usually it's work, sometimes it's weather but whatever it is, the end result is the same. As many flyers like to say when we fail to launch, "no joy."
Do you remember when we were kids, we dreamed of all the things we would build and fly when we finally had the money? Well, now we discover we finally have the money but don't have the time and it seems the universe is still conspiring against us. I suppose striking a balance between our responsibilities and our desires will always be a struggle. And while I have said many times there's more to life than hobbies, there should still be some down time that includes a hobby and if you're going to fly, take a kid along too. They're great for chasing down the long range flyers.

Do what is important first, just don't let the spiders take over the rest of your life, or keep you from the kids.



Looking for something entertaining and fun to read?

If you'd like something entertaining and fun to read, get your copies of the entire Rocket Babe series, paperback or Kindle. Here's how...

Get The Entire Series On Kindle!

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Rocket Babe: Reflection


Prefer Paperback? No Problem!

Signed / personalized paperback copies of Rocket Babe - Dust Storm, Rocket Babe - Fallen Angel, Rocket Babe - Ant Men and Rocket Babe - Reflection are all available directly from the author!

Books are great gifts for any occasion! Holidays, birthdays or just because!

Dust Storm $10.00
Fallen Angel $12.00
Ant Men $13.00
Reflection $13.00

Standard book rate shipping: $4 for 1st book; $1 for each additional book per address in the same order. Please allow 7-10 days for shipping, longer during the holidays.

*Special "Set" pricing! Get all 4 books for $46.00 includes shipping within the continental U.S.! Saves over $10 off the regular price and shipping!

*Shipping outside the USA available. Contact us for a postage quote before placing your order.


Send your email order to Verna at: with BOOK as the subject.

List each dedication separately and clearly. Be sure to include the full shipping address.

Verna will reply with how to send in your money order. Sorry, money orders only.

If you have any questions PLEASE email us:


Above you see a rare photo of Dave Miller, appropriately dressed in black as owner of the clandestine black ops organization known as Sirius Rocketry! What does he do in his spare time? He reads Rocket Babe, what else?

That's a nice looking Cestris Fighter he's holding too! Get yours from


Verna Starr Cestris Fighter!


This is our favorite Sirius kit, the Cestris. The kit is intended to fly on a single engine but it was easily modified to a 3 engine cluster complete with Verna Starr fighter decals, also available from Sirius.



Just click the BLUE link below the banner!




Always Remember...


As spring breaks and most of us move toward peak flying season, now is a great time for everyone to take a few moments to think about something that is too easily taken for granted; flight safety. Because of the sparkling and spectacular safety record of hobby rocketry, far too many people simply assume that rocketry is always safe and there is never anything to worry about, but we all know nothing is ever really that simple.

Our hobby enjoys an unparalleled record of safety due to the careful planning and research that has been done over the last 60+ years. RSO's and LCO's all over the world do all they can to keep every flyer and spectator safe but if we are to continue the level of safety we have enjoyed for so long, eternal vigilance will be the price. Of all the things we can do with hobby rocketry, the one thing we can never do is to take safety for granted. Nothing we can ever do and no amount of flight experience or expertise, ever, puts anyone above or beyond the safety code. Everyone who fly's a rocket must abide by and practice, the HPR and Model Rocketry Safety Codes to the letter.

Following the Model Rocketry and HPR Safety Codes is a great way to start. When is the last time you reviewed the codes? Do you follow them every time you fly? Or do you place your personal wishes above the well being of the entire rocketry community?

Sure, there are times outside of a routine club launch, when there are specific reasons for qualified individuals and organizations to "work outside of the box" for specially sanctioned launches for design or motor research but even then, there are methods and procedures that help assure things are as safe as possible and they are not open to the general flying public. If you want to do research, do it with a responsible organization and with those who can mentor you, never on your own.

Former NAR President, Trip Barber, once said, "Safety is not automatic. It takes the personal attention of each flier and each Range Safety Officer to make it happen, every time.”

For your own sake and all of those who enjoy this hobby, be safe!




She'll go with you anywhere! Kevin, owner and moderator at the Alien Soup  sci-fi forum, enjoys Rocket Babe - Dust Storm between innings at a recent ballgame!


Visit Kevin at Alien Soup and tell him Verna sent you!





Bones says...

"I hate spiders!"


Verna & Randy's Rockets is proud to have been featured by:


Darrell Mobley's Website Review on Rocketry Planet


Dick Stafford's The Original Rocket Dungeon


Apogee E-Zine Peak Of Flight issue #155


April 2006  Finishing Touches
And Virally In Ezines Like:
Hobby Media Italy


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Who do you fly with? Fly with family!




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