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Kirt Blattenberger, Webmaster - Airplanes and Rockets

Kirt Blattenberger

Carpe Diem!

(Seize the Day!)

Even during the busiest times of my life I have endeavored to maintain some form of model building activity. This site has been created to help me chronicle my journey through a lifelong involvement in model aviation, which all began in Mayo, MD ...

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Kirt Blattenberger

BSEE - KB3UON

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Estes Porta-Pad

Estes Portapad

My first Estes Porta-Pad launch pad, purchased sometime in the late 1960s, was made of wood. It got a pretty good workout over the decade or so that I was flying model rockets. Sometime between then and the one shown below in the 1971 Estes Model Rocketry Catalog, the construction changed to plastic.

In a quest to re-acquire many of the model rockets that I owned as as a kid, I have been going on eBay. Some of the prices people are offering for model rocket kits and model rocket accessories is incredible. These things can go for $40 more more (plus shipping) on typical auctions.

Here (left) is the Estes Porta-Pad that I purchased on eBay.

Estes 1971 Model Rocketry Catalog - Pages 98 & 99 - Porta-Pad1971 Estes Model Rocketry Catalog

Price = $3.25

 

Here is a list of my other rocket models.

 

 

 

 


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