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What could be more Halloweenie, than the Jeannie, we all dream of? 


A Ghastly Halloween Come Apart!


Photos courtesy of Pete Barrett

Everyone who knows us, knows we love clustered or staged rockets, or clustered AND staged rockets! It's also no secret that I always have a camera in my hand and I'm not afraid to use it! Probably because I grew up in the early 60's watching Alan Funt on a show called Candid Camera. I also worked in the camera department of a local department store for 3 years during and after high school.

To me, rocketry and photography just go together, it's natural. A camera should be in your range box. Like the beautiful launch you see above, if you get a shot like this you have it for all time.


Of course, things don't always go as well as flyers hope. At times we suffer ghastly and gruesome catastrophes that leave our rockets a ghost of their former selves. Some times all that remains are skeletal ashes.

Shot number 2 foretells impending doom but for that instant, offers some hope of salvage. It appears all may not be lost but more often than not, the flyer experiences the harsh reality spoken of by Dante more than 800 years ago; "Abandon all hope." Welcome to the Inferno!


A micro-second later, photo 3 records the instant death occurs. It's tragic, it's painful and for several searing, agonizing seconds, the flyer knows his many hours of loving devotion, not to mention his hard earned $$$, have been in vain, for in another dimension he can not see, his creation is about to cross the river Styx. Beneath the scene Charon looks up and smiles knowing obols will soon come his way; another lost traveler to be ferried across the river.  


Yet, if you are generous with your obols, Charon may leave a few remnants for you to begin again, for he is after all, a business man. He knows men never really learn and the few bits he leaves for you, will entice you to try again. And he'll be there... waiting.

So remember as Chris DeBerg counseled, "Whatever you do, don't pay the Ferryman, until he gets you to the other side!"

*Our compliments to Pete Barrett for being able to track and get multiple quick shots of the event!



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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
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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.

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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.



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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!


Two Stage    


Staging is a lot of fun! Building and flying multi-stage rockets can prove challenging especially when it comes to recovery but it is well worth the effort. Having a large treeless field helps but isn't necessary.

We've built and flown several staged rockets including Verna's 2 stage, 3 to 3 cluster she named, Dorothy. For most beginners it doesn't take long before they'll want to try something more than a single engine and a 2 stage rocket is the most logical step.


Photos courtesy of Pete Barrett

Here again we see Pete Barrett catching a great moment in this flight. I'm telling you, photography should be part of your flying skill set.

If you've hesitated trying a staged rocket due to a small field think again. Just go lower on power and start with two stages. I've done demonstration flights using BT 55 tube 2 stagers, on 1/2 A's on a baseball diamond using streamer recovery. You just have to adjust to the field you're using. Start small and work your way up. Once you have some experience and a larger field let 'er rip!

Should you want to try something more ambitious, I have a few ideas for you. Use the menu on the upper left side of this site and check out Dorothy; she fly's on a 3 to 3 C6 cluster and she's a triple pay-loader. That's 6 engines total.

Another one to check out on the menu here is our Saturn V, Bad Girl. She's 3 stages - 5 to 5 to 1; 11 engines and no electronics. 

Your desire is probably somewhere between Dorothy and Bad Girl but after seeing them you may come up with an ambitious idea of your own. If you do, we'd love to feature it here on Fire & Smoke!

Be careful where you point your rockets this Halloween.






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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
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Hobby Media Italy


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