How To/ Advice


  • Model Rocketry Shops in Tucson New rocketeers and parents of aspiring rocketeers often ask where to purchase model rocketry supplies and motors. There are several hobby and craft shops in town that sell rocketry supplies:Hobbytown USA3700 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85716Hobbytown USA is a hobby store specializing primarily in RC cars, planes, and helicopters, but they also stock a good supply of model rockets, motors, and supplies.Hobby Barn7025 E 21st St # A, Tucson, AZ 85710Hobby Barn stocks RC airplane, helicopter, and cars, as well as a model rockets and model rocket motors.Hobby Place at Ace7071 E 22nd St, Tucson, AZ 85710Located adjacent to the Ace Hardware at 22nd and Kolb, Hobby Place stocks model trains ...
    Posted Dec 20, 2016, 8:55 PM by James Cramton
  • Preparing for Certification As a Level 3 certification holder in both NAR and Prefect for Tripoli rocketry associations, I have witnessed quite a few Level 1 certification attempts.  The reason I say attempts is because there have been quite a lot of failures that would not have happened if the fliers had done the proper amount of homework, learning as much as they could about proper build techniques, stability issues, and safety. Planning your build is the first big step.  Whether you chose to build a kit or scratch build your rocket, the same basic principles apply.  I always suggest that for a certification flight you keep it as simple as possible.  You can always try more complicated steps after you get your ...
    Posted Feb 7, 2016, 12:14 PM by James Cramton
  • Rocket Workshop Tour# 1 Our rocket workshops take many forms, subject to the needs of our work space, the type of projects we pursue, the time we have to work on our rockets, who shares our home, and all sorts of other factors--even what kind of pets we have!  I think it would be helpful from time to time to post articles here in our How To section that give us a look at different club members' rocket workshops. Few of us have the space to dedicate to our hobby the way we would like to do. I always like to pick up ideas from other modelers, and often, the work space they have carved out gives us ideas for how we can ...
    Posted Feb 6, 2016, 9:18 PM by James Cramton
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