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January 2021


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Semroc - Orion 



Jonathan Wilkins beautiful, Semroc Orion, lifts off on a Q jet C18-4W!

The Orion is one of my favorite rockets and this one is so well done I had to post it. You can see additional photos on the Facebook page: Model Rocketry USA.   


Estes Skylab


I’ve loved the Saturn V since the first time I saw one and for as long as I’ve been building models (54 years) I’ve wanted to build and fly the Skylab version.

As a kid I built every kind of model you could buy. From cars, boats and planes, to model rockets, I built hundreds of them over the years but the one that has always eluded me is the Saturn V Skylab. To date I’ve built or been a part of building five 1/100 scale Saturn V’s with 6 sealed in plastic standing by for their chance to form and take to the blue.

Of course, I could have built one from scratch or modified one of the many Estes Saturn V’s we have, into a Skylab model but over the last 8 years there simply hasn’t been time.

I’ve always wondered why Estes hasn’t offered the Skylab version in the past 60 years but it appears now, it may have been worth the wait. Estes lists the skill level for their new Saturn V Skylab kit as, MASTER – a true level 5 kit and that’s something the Estes line up has been missing for quite some time. Nice looking box too!

Flying on a single F 15-4 engine, Estes says 350-400 feet and that sounds about right. Of course, most of you know that we’ll have to do something about the single engine power; at least 5 engines or maybe cluster staged... as I write this I’m actually starting to seriously consider it.

I’ll probably be dead and long gone before it happens but hopefully Estes will someday sell a 5 engine version of the Saturn V before Y3K comes around.

Since we don’t know if Estes or any manufacturer will produce this kit in the future, I do have one suggestion should you decide to take the plunge; clone it. It’s easy to clone any kit. That way you can build as many as you like and keep the original.

Retail is $99.99 so not too bad and I’m sure you can find one for a little less.



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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!


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