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March 2021


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Year 19 starts now!




Snow Day Launch!


I've always wanted to fly a few in the snow. Of course, in central Alabama there isn't much opportunity. Rain and mud we have in abundance but a deep snow is rare and doesn't last long; even then you still need a field for flying.

Fortunately for David Boman, he has all the ingredients. It's still early but this shot is my favorite for 2021 so far.

If any of you get the chance for a snow launch we'd love to post your photos!



BSG 4 Engine Hyper - Viper


The Estes version of the BSG Viper has been out of production for about 40 years. If you can find someone willing to part with a kit it won't come cheap but anyone with basic skills can clone one, or two, or ten, and usually for under $30 per single engine Viper.     

If you'd like to clone a Viper but you're not sure where to start just click the menu link for Verna's Vipers, on the left side of this page. All the parts you need can be purchased from the Sirius Rocketry website including the correct resin nose cone. Just scroll down the page for the link.

I just found this shot of the maiden launch of Verna's 4 engine Hyper - Viper on an old pc. The little yellow dot next to the Viper in the image is one of the igniter plugs that bounced off the pad deflector plate. Does it fly well? Yes sir! And amazingly fast! Starbuck would love it!

If you decide to build and fly a 4 engine Hyper - Viper you'll need to upgrade your launch equipment and have several friends with good eyes to help you track and recover. Or, you can clone the single engine version and still have a lot of fun.



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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.

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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!




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!


TARC Approacheth!


Above you see the Trussville High School Girls TARC team from Trussville, Alabama. 

For those who don't know, The American Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is an aerospace design and engineering event for teams of US secondary school students 6th - 12th grade run by the National Association of Rocketry (NAR) and the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA). It is the world's largest rocketry contest. 


Lifting off with a raw egg onboard, the girls first attempt launched into a clear blue sky. 

Every year hundreds of teams compete to qualify for the top 100 spots and a team trip to the national finals. Due to covid, this year instead of one large national competition the teams will compete in groups of 10-12 at local NAR club launches. Our local club, Birmingham Rocket Boys NAR 665, is hoping to host one of those launches in June.


Each team has the opportunity to compete for more than $100,000 in prizes!

The mission: launch and recover intact, a raw egg to a specified height and flight time, with a parachute recovery. As an example, a team would need to hit a target altitude of 800 feet with a flight time of 40 seconds. It varies from year to year but you get the general idea. 

It may not sound complicated but it is very hard to do. There are dozens of factors to consider not to mention the weight and thrust of the rocket. Most years the difference in winning and coming in second or third comes down to hundredths of a second.


They didn't quite hit the moon in the top of the frame but both flight times for the girls were excellent and I believe they will qualify for the finals in June. In the mean time they and many other teams will continue practicing for the finals.






Bones says...

"Happy Birthday Day!" 


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
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Hobby Media Italy


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Who do you fly with? Fly with family!




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