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Old 02-01-2012, 08:43 PM
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In late 1971, I bought my first model rocket, a Centuri Javelin. The 1972 catalog came out, and I remember drooling over the contents for countless hours.

[Allow 40 years to pass.]


In late December 2011, I resurrected some old projects that I'd abandoned, and started working on them again. In January 2012, I finally mustered enough courage to try building a rocket that I'd always admired, but didn't have the guts to try.

As January progressed, I realized that I was working on 1.37X upscales of two of the three rockets listed in the 1972 catalog as "Available Feb 1, 1972," 40 years after they were released.


Vector-V:

http://www.ninfinger.org/rockets/no...a/72cen014.html


Taurus:

http://www.ninfinger.org/rockets/no...a/72cen046.html


FWIW, I don't think I'll both with an upscale of #3 right now:


Sky-Lab:

http://www.ninfinger.org/rockets/no...a/72cen070.html


"Viva Centuri '72!"


Cheers,
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Old 02-01-2012, 09:13 PM
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I was a stamp nerd in 1972. I remember seeing the rocket ads in the backs of some magazines, but not being the talented buildy-type, it wasn't something that I could get my head around at the time. Never did become the buildy-type, but I fake it rather well.
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Never did become the buildy-type, but I fake it rather well.
One of my mottoes is, "You can fool some of the people *some* of the time."

We all do what we can.
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Old 02-02-2012, 08:36 AM
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The Centuri 1971 catalog was my first and it holds a very special place in my rocketry memories because of that (still have that same copy).

But in overall layout and content (and full color too) I think the 1972 Centuri catalog was the nicest they ever produced and might pass as the best rocketry catalog anyone ever put out in terms of overall layout and product 'appeal'.

I know that photo of the full launch rack of kits (from the Taurus up to the Saturn V) just before the middle of the catalog was always an impressive line of rockets.


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Old 02-02-2012, 08:52 AM
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But in overall layout and content (and full color too) I think the 1972 Centuri catalog was the nicest they ever produced and might pass as the best rocketry catalog anyone ever put out in terms of overall layout and product 'appeal'. Earl


I agree, The 1972 Centuri catalog was a keeper, one of the few I didn't sell a few years back.
I liked the "in flight" airbrushed tip vortex on the fins.

The '72 Estes catalog was a flimsey horizontal format.
The Estes pics were smaller and hard to make out many details.

Centuri won out that year.
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As January progressed, I realized that I was working on 1.37X upscales of two of the three rockets listed in the 1972 catalog as "Available Feb 1, 1972," 40 years after they were released.


Looking forward to seeing the models. I got started as a reBAR by building a '69 Javelin kit that I found. Real good flyer. I take it with me and fly it every time I go to launch a few.

I agree, the '72 Centuri was a great catalog, but I didn't mind the couple of years preceding it either. They did an excellent job with two colors.

Estes '71 catalog is it's equivalent, I think. I really liked the built models on a planet "set." It kind'a got your imagination going. I'd like to try something like that one time. That and they had the yellow pages in the back, which were great.

They used some of the photos in '72's catalog, but it didn't go all the way through the cat. and I agree with Chris, that it was weaker than Centuri's offering.

If I was going to have two catalogs, Estes '71 and Centuri '72 would be the ones. Oh, and I wouldn't mind Centuri's '69 either. It was my first one.
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