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Old 09-08-2020, 07:48 PM
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Talking Yet Another Modest Proposal: SEMROC

Given the number of recent requests for digital PDF plans for Semroc kits, I've been wondering if we shouldn't post them here on YORF under a single thread.

I saved just under 70 Semroc plans in January 2019, and I managed to rustle up just over 60 more courtesy of Jason Cook of Insane Rocketry. Lee Reep mentioned to me that he was working up a list of the plans he had, as well.

I'm thinking we should probably contact Randy Boadway to let him know about this scenario.

Thoughts? Comments? Questions?

Please respond accordingly. Thanks in advance!
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Old 09-08-2020, 07:52 PM
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Yeah, I think my covey of Semroc pdf plans is about 125 or thereabouts.

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Old 09-08-2020, 08:06 PM
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A thought:

Wherever these plans might go as a ‘library’ is gonna require some decent bandwidth thruput over time, I would think. I hate to say so, but will anyway. Randy may have let the old Semroc website ‘go’ to not have to deal with those kind of data demands with his ISP.

I may be wrong; I’m not a network/internet guru, but could imagine the data demands of such as this might not be trivial.

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Old 09-08-2020, 09:52 PM
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Just one more addition to a long list of why the current Semroc is almost nothing like the old one.
Too bad; if it was even 50% of the original it would still be the "gold standard" of the hobby.
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Old 09-08-2020, 10:16 PM
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Different owners, different ways of running the business. Randy does us a great service by keeping the kits and parts going.

I miss the golden days of the old Semroc, but am glad that it continues
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Maybe the parts, but very few of the good kits.
No SLS, no Saturn 1B, far more discontinued than still around.
Even the Mars Lander is gone.... Sheesh
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Originally Posted by Tau Zero
Given the number of recent requests for digital PDF plans for Semroc kits, I've been wondering if we shouldn't post them here on YORF under a single thread.

I saved just under 70 Semroc plans in January 2019, and I managed to rustle up just over 60 more courtesy of Jason Cook of Insane Rocketry. Lee Reep mentioned to me that he was working up a list of the plans he had, as well.

I'm thinking we should probably contact Randy Boadway to let him know about this scenario.

Thoughts? Comments? Questions?

Please respond accordingly. Thanks in advance!

That's funny. I was downstairs alphabetizing my stack of instructions last night and was thinking about something like this.
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Old 09-09-2020, 06:14 AM
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These are the kits I believe I have instructions for.
•Semroc - Aerobee 150 {Kit} (KD-3) [2011-]
•Semroc - Aerobee 300 {Kit} (KD-5) [2011-]
•Semroc - Aerobee-Hi {Kit} (KV-2) [2006-]
•Semroc - Aphelion {Kit} (KV-26)
•Semroc - Apollo Capsule {Component} (KS-2)
•Semroc - Astro 1 {Kit} (KV-30)
•Semroc - Astro-Jr {Kit} (KA-4) [2004-]
•Semroc - Astrobee 350 {Kit} (KV-13)
•Semroc - Astron {Kit} (KA-23)
•Semroc - Baby Orion {Kit} (KA-31)
•Semroc - Bandit {Kit} (KV-81)
•Semroc - Bat Rok {Kit} (KV-53)
•Semroc - cc: SpacePlane {Kit}
•Semroc - cc: X-21 {Kit}
•Semroc - Centurion {Kit} (KV-40)
•Semroc - Cherokee C {Kit} (KA-30)
•Semroc - Cherokee-D {Kit} (KV-84)
•Semroc - Defender {Kit} (KV-60) [?-?]
•Semroc - Der V-1.5 {Kit} (KA-36)
•Semroc - Egg Crate {Kit} (KV-39)
•Semroc - Excalibur {Kit} (KV-43)
•Semroc - Firefly {Kit} (KV-31)
•Semroc - Golden Scout {Kit} (KV-4)
•Semroc - Goliath {Kit} (KB-6) [1969-1971]
•Semroc - Hawk {Kit} (KV-65)
•Semroc - Hydra One {Kit} (KA-18)
•Semroc - Hydra VII {Kit} (KV-29)
•Semroc - IQSY Tomahawk {Kit} (KD-2)
•Semroc - Javelin {Kit} (KV-16)
•Semroc - Laser-X {Kit} (KV-33)
•Semroc - Lil' Hercules {Kit} (KV-14) [?-]
•Semroc - Little Joe II {Kit} (KS-3)
•Semroc - Lune R-1 {Kit} (KB-8) [1970-1971]
•Semroc - Mark II {Kit} (KV-1)
•Semroc - Mars Lander {Kit} (KV-54)
•Semroc - Mercury Capsule {Component} (KM-2)
•Semroc - Micron {Kit} (KV-8)
•Semroc - Midget {Kit} (KV-68) [2012-]
•Semroc - Mini Hustler {Kit}
•Semroc - Moon Glo {Kit} (KV-82) [?-]
•Semroc - Nomad {Kit} (KV-76)
•Semroc - Penetrator {Kit} (XFS-MRK1)
•Semroc - Point {Kit} (KV-58)
•Semroc - Rawhide {Kit} (KV-19) [?-]
•Semroc - Recruiter {Kit} (KV-22)
•Semroc - Red-Eye {Kit} (KV-72)
•Semroc - Ruskie {Kit}
•Semroc - Saki {Kit} (KA-12)
•Semroc - Sam 3 {Kit} [?-?]
•Semroc - Satellite Killer {Kit} (KV-73)
•Semroc - Scrambler {Kit} (KV-34)
•Semroc - Shrike {Kit} (KV-37)
•Semroc - Sky Hook {Kit} (KV-9)
•Semroc - Sky Hook II {Kit}
•Semroc - SLS Jaguar {Kit}
•Semroc - SLS Laser-X {Kit} (KLV-33)
•Semroc - SLS Laser-X Dual Motor Mount {Component} (EM-33-2)
•Semroc - SLS Laser-X Quad Engine Mount {Component}
•Semroc - SLS Lil' Hustler {Kit} (KV-57)
•Semroc - SLS Scorpion {Kit}
•Semroc - Snipe Hunter {Kit} (KV-51)
•Semroc - Space Plane {Kit}
•Semroc - Spaceman {Kit} (KV-10)
•Semroc - Spartan {Kit}
•Semroc - SPEV {Kit} (KV-61)
•Semroc - SST Shuttle-1 {Kit}
•Semroc - Starfire {Kit} (KV-20)
•Semroc - Starlight {Kit} (KV-21)
•Semroc - Starship Vega {Kit} (KV-78) [2012-]
•Semroc - Swift {Kit} (KB-2) [1968-1971]
•Semroc - Tau Zero {Kit} (KN-2)
•Semroc - ThunderBee {Kit} (KA-1)
•Semroc - ThunderChief {Kit} (KA-7)
•Semroc - ThunderStrike {Kit} (KA-16)
•Semroc - Triton {Kit} (KB-1) [1968-1971]
•Semroc - Vector-V {Kit} (KV-44)
•Semroc - Vega {Kit} (KV-25)
•Semroc - VF-261 {Kit} (KA-10)
•Semroc - Wac Corporal {Kit} (KD-1) [2011-]
•Semroc - XK-23 {Kit} (KV-36)
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Old 09-09-2020, 07:03 AM
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A thought:

Wherever these plans might go as a ‘library’ is gonna require some decent bandwidth thruput over time, I would think. I hate to say so, but will anyway. Randy may have let the old Semroc website ‘go’ to not have to deal with those kind of data demands with his ISP.

I may be wrong; I’m not a network/internet guru, but could imagine the data demands of such as this might not be trivial.

Earl

We already have a Semroc section here. I could create a new forum for their plans (if Randy approves) and you guys could attach them to individual posts there like we do in the Plans & Publications area. If a file is larger than 2mb in size just send it to me to put online.

Bandwidth is not an issue.
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Old 09-09-2020, 07:30 AM
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Different owners, different ways of running the business. Randy does us a great service by keeping the kits and parts going.

I miss the golden days of the old Semroc, but am glad that it continues

I met Randy and the guys a few years ago - was in Dayton on business and went to a WSR club build night at eRockets. Randy gave me the nickel tour and was willing, on the spot, to gin up some centering rings I needed for a project. We talked about Semroc stuff, he can only keep the kits that sell in decent numbers in “production” - eRockets isn’t a factory, really, so production is very small scale, while doing everything else they do as a retailer/supplier.

It must be a fine line to walk, keeping kits in production based on someone else’s designs - which Semroc designs does Estes currently “own”? Do model rocket kit design copyrights expire? Hopefully there’s some kind of cooperation between eRockets and the current Estes leadership so Semroc can continue to reproduce classic Centuri and Estes kits at all.

As far as larger kits they did introduce their new “Pro” line - the 2.25” Arcas is on the site - with some more larger sized kits coming. Lately it looks like they’ve been working on the MMX powered mini kits, not my thing but interesting. And making improvements in the complex kits - new color decals and assembly fixtures for the Orbital Transport, assembly fixtures for the Andromeda, resin detail parts for the America...

Personally I’m hoping they shift some attention to the Dr Zooch kits - ant scale rocks!
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