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October 2019


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Got Alien Problems?


Got a problem with aliens? Intercept them! 

I've flown and worked with Ronald Dunn many times over the last 22+ years. Having met online about 1997, we've launched together on many fields and under all kinds of conditions including a strip mine and at all kinds of junior high and high school programs. I have to say he's been a tireless worker for our club as a member and for more than his share of years as president of The Birmingham Rocket Boys.

After so many years of blood, sweat, tears and a chunk of his own money, it's past time for me to make a point of thanking him here on Fire & Smoke and to recognize his contribution to our club and the schools and students of the area. From 5 year olds to USLI college students going for scholarships and grants, Ron has more than earned the respect and gratitude of all who have known him. 

Above, you see Ron's, Mach 1 Alien Interceptor. On this flight it hit  9,630 feet at 605 mph on a L 875 and yes, it was recovered in good shape.

So, to a great worker, leader and friend, awesome job, Ron!


Of course, Ron knows great sci-fi when he sees it. ��




Don't get abducted this Halloween!


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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.


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

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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!



Garfield Express!”


When our friend Pete Barrett, isn't commanding the space forces of DSSF he enjoys hobby rocketry near his home in Hornchurch U.K.. Pete has just finished the rocket he'll use for his level 3 attempt sometime next Spring and he calls it, The Garfield Express. There's even a nice decal of Garfield on the fins. As you can see, standing about 9 feet tall the rocket is just a tad taller than Pete.


The photo above shows the difference between a single Estes D size motor and the M casing you see here. The D engine is the little casing below the M motor casing.

Tentatively, Pete plans to fly Garfield on a M 1770 Skidmark depending on the final prepped weight; about 55-60 pounds. He can always bump the engine if needed, to reach approximately 6,000+ feet.  


Naturally, Pete wants Garfield to be comfortable and protected on the way to the field next Spring. What you see above is a tiger pattern rocket sock / koozie he's made for that purpose. Pretty cool, huh!

Of course we'll post his launch photos here as soon as we have them, so definitely something to look forward to from Pete, not too far away.



Apollo 11 Fly’s Again!  


As rocket men & women we feel like we can make anything fly; ANYTHING! 

So when I saw this among the Midland Sky photos I knew I had to include it here. 


This is a great launch for such a draggy vehicle and a real testament to the flyer's abilities.


Safely under chute is the last phase of a good flight, ready to go again!

We rate this totally cool! Maybe even gnarly dude!




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...

"Thanks Ron!"


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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