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Mark II 12-23-2011 02:32 AM

Deci-scale sounding rockets. Totally awesome.

John Brohm 12-23-2011 08:44 AM

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Originally Posted by Earl

That was indeed a 'sweet' find! (ok, yeah that was too easy to let pass!). I have on occasion searched for them on ebay or various other Google searches with no luck. What is the natural color for those sharpeners?



Rick's collection of Mark IIs and Leeds-Sweete sharpeners is quite impressive indeed, and like Rick, I have to say I have a soft spot for the Mark II as well. Apart from its historical significance to the hobby it also happens to be a stable flyer, and performed well for us in one of our recent Club Fun Fly events.

I've only one Leeds-Sweete sharpener in my posession but I believe they were produced in at least a couple of colors - the one I have was molded in red, but I believe it was available in yellow as well.

Not wanting to use the only sharpener I have as part of my build, I reworked the nose in the Semroc kit to "add" the external ribs that distinguish this sharpener. Below are photos of the two models I built. The first is now in the possession of the McClawhorns and the second sits on the shelf after doing a pretty good job for me at the Club Fun Fly.

foamy 12-23-2011 10:46 AM

Very cool. Nice work on those pencil sharpener Mark II's and I really dig the display. That sort of thing appeals to me. I have somewhat similar plans for an oldster in my collection. It needs more air time before I'll commit it, though. The bad thing is, it's one of my favorite fliers. The good thing is, Semroc make a Retro-Repro of it.

GeoLaw 02-11-2012 07:25 PM

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Well....the last one completed is the SLS L'il Hustler. However, as additional Semroc projects are completed, I retain the "right" to change my mind.


gpoehlein 02-11-2012 07:54 PM

Hmm... a year or so ago I'd have said the Mars Lander. Now, I'd have to go with the Trident. Now, if Carl brings out the Sky Dart... :p


Rangertech1 12-06-2012 01:41 AM

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Originally Posted by timmwood
SLS Aero-Dart - great, straight flights on an E9-6. It's also rugged. If part of it breaks, e-mail Semroc for the replacement part numbers, order them, and you're back in business!

My good old Aero-Dart. First flight it got hung up in the only tree for a 1000 yards. I had to laugh...ran home and got my ladder and 61 flights and 2 replacement fins later still going strong. -G76 no problem 10 flights. Cameras, screamers. That baby does it all.

I just built a Starlight, that is pure elagance.

A Fish Named Wallyum 12-06-2012 02:21 AM

Originally Posted by Bluegrass Rocket
I believe Semroc has a winner with every kit and they are top notch folks as well. With that said, I am partial to the Mark II kit. Love the history behind this kit. I did change the nose cones in the photo though. ;)

Have you posted a picture of the big one anywhere online? :eek: If not, could you? :cool:

jharding58 12-06-2012 04:35 PM

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Ranger. I never get tired of the Ranger.
And the Mars Lander, I never get tired of the Mars Lander.
And the Orion, I never get tired of the Orion.
And the Firefly, I never get tired of the Firefly.
And the uh.... well, whatever Carl drops next.

Scott6060842 12-06-2012 04:54 PM

You will have to wait until I'm finished building them all ... then I will let you know.

Bluegrass Rocket 12-06-2012 11:05 PM

Here is the thread on my Upscale Mark II. I'll try and get a new photo soon.

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