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February 2018


Our groundhog Odie says 6 more weeks of winter!


Hobbico Files For Bankruptcy - Layoffs Coming


The largest player in the hobby industry, Hobbico, filed for bankruptcy January 10, 2018. If you don't know the name you might be asking yourself about now, why is that important? Well, in a nut shell, Hobbico owns many smaller hobby companies, one of which is Estes Industries, the main supplier of low and midpower rocket engines, as well as kits and parts. So if you enjoy hobby rocketry that's why it's important.

A representative of Hobbico has stated that over the last few years as the company has grown it has acquired more debt than it can support and attempts to restructure have been unsuccessful. Basically they have assets of approximately $50 million with liabilities of near $500 million. Ouch!

Hobbico said that it will continue operating throughout the bankruptcy process but layoffs could begin in April, 2018 and that it may be necessary to permanently close and discontinue all of its operations in connection with the bankruptcy.

It is unclear at the moment to what degree Estes is involved with the bankruptcy. Generally, Estes is believed to be in good shape and could / should survive whatever happens to Hobbico. Hopefully, when all is said and done Estes will emerge in a form similar to what we have always known and loved but that is far from certain.

Say a prayer and keep a good thought, Estes could use it about now and so could hobby rocketry.


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Prefer Paperback? No Problem!

Signed / personalized paperback copies of Rocket Babe - Dust Storm, Rocket Babe - Fallen Angel and Rocket Babe - Ant Men are all now 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

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 3 books for $32.00 includes shipping within the continental U.S.! Saves over $9 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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Verna Starr Cestris Fighter!


Above you see 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!


BSG Viper Rocket Glider


Red Squadron has been around now for more than 10 years and in that time we've had many people send us emails saying they were inspired and helped by Verna's Vipers.

We've received many great photos of outstanding stock, scratch and upscale builds but the one shown here takes it to the next level.

Not too long ago another flyer came across Verna's Vipers and he too was inspired. Frank Burke's RC Battlestar Galactica Colonial Viper Rocket Glider is nothing short of amazing!

Franks glider was scratch built using model plane foam and 2.6" light weight tubing. It's 29" long with a 20" wingspan and weighs in at 12 oz ready to fly. He painted the over sized wing flat black with just the scale wing outline white, then added detailing decals complete with Lt. Starbuck markings!

The glider performs very well on a 24mm E-6 rocket motor.

Due to some problems I'm having with this page you'll have to cut & paste the address but here's a link to a great YouTube video:




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!





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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


You never know who will show up on Fire & Smoke!


Odie and Clementine never miss Fire & Smoke!


Who do you fly with? Fly with family!




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