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Happy Groundhog Day!

This is our groundhog Odie. Some people are surprised when they hear we have a groundhog but actually we now have 12, with more due in late April or early May.

For those who might be interested, Odie says early Spring for the Deep South and a late Easter – April 21st.

The rest of you... will have to suffer on. 



Congratulations to Dave & Evie Miller at Sirius Rocketry on their 20th anniversary!




The 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Is Coming!


Estes just released their version of the Saturn V and in plenty of time for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. It's their normal scale 1/100, level 4 kit and it comes with a couple of upgrades from previous offerings. There is also a special surprise! What's the surprise? If I told you, it wouldn't be a surprise would it? 

They are also offering a 1/200 ready to fly (RTF) version for the younger flyers or those who just don't want to build the larger kit. It fly's on a single C-6. Both versions are in the photo above making them easy to compare for size.

So if you want a great building experience, go 1/100. For a fast and easy time of it, 1/200 is for you. Either way Estes has you covered!







Looking for something entertaining and fun to read?

If you'd like something entertaining and fun to read, get your copies of the entire Rocket Babe series, paperback or Kindle. Here's how...

Get The Entire Series On Kindle!

Just click the Amazon links below:


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.

If you have any questions PLEASE email us:


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!


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!




Blood Moon Eclipse


Did you see the eclipse? From the U.K., Pete Barrett got this shot from just outside of London where he lives in Hornchurch. 

In spite of the snow and clouds over the U.S. and other areas including the U.K., millions across the globe got to see the Super Blood Moon last month. Since it was on a Sunday evening and the next day was a holiday we didn't lose nearly as much sleep as we normally do but it was plenty cold here at 20* F with a brisk wind of about 35 mph.

I began watching when it was about halfway and at totality managed to get Verna out of the bed (wrapped in a blanket) long enough to come out on her pedestal (deck off our bedroom) long enough to watch for about 60 seconds.

At that point she rushed back inside, slammed the door and disappeared beneath the sheets, several blankets and a thick spread. Due to the wind chill being somewhere around -2* she wasn't as into the this eclipse as she was the solar eclipse of 2017. Women... go figure. Ok, so it was cold.

And while she wasn't exactly pleased with me for sweet talking (nagging) her into joining me for the view, the next morning when she was fully awake and very warm, she thanked me for getting her up so she could see it too. She even told me to be sure and wake her for the one in 2061.

Come to think of it, that will be good timing too as Halley's Comet is due back about then. We can catch them both!   




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...

"Groundhog Day!"


Zara Kirby's "38 Special" 


While some ladies do enjoy hobby rocketry, their numbers are small when compared to the men, always have been, and perhaps, always will be. The few we have known over the last 20+ years have all moved on to other interests, so it’s always good to see not only a lady flyer but a young one too.


Zara Kirby has been a member of East Anglian Rocketry Society (EARS) since 2014 and you can tell by her craftsmanship here, she takes a lot of pride in her work. 


Most recently Zara launched her “38 Special” on a H-194 5 grain Skidmark. 


If you know us, you know we love sparky motors! It was a very nice boost and flight but the shock cord snapped and it recovered in the mud but survived and will fly again!



We’ll be looking forward to seeing more great photos from Pete and all the EARS members at their Big EARS event the first weekend of May. Hopefully, we’ll be able to post a few photos in June.

And until then, from one Rocket Babe to another, good luck Zara!



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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Odie & Clementine never miss Fire & Smoke!


Who do you fly with? Fly with family!




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