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Old 05-12-2006, 06:22 PM   #1
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I flew model rockets as a kid (up until I was a teen adn cars and girls became the main interests!). And I remember Centauri Model Rockets offering a flying version of our favorite spacecraft. Our illustrious commander has one pictured on the main site.

Did anybody ever have one of these? Or do you still have one? If so, how well did they fly?

For some odd reason I never picked one up (doubly strange, since I had the flying versions of the X-Wing and Colonial Viper craft....)
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Old 06-12-2006, 06:40 AM   #2
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My brother and I saved our allowance and did chores to get money for these. We sent the money off and never did recieve them. I believe it was around '89 I saw one still in package in Dallas,Texas and thought about how I was ripped off as a child. Oh the pain!
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Old 06-12-2006, 06:46 AM   #3
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I had one I got from the Centuri Model Rocket Catalog. I flew it once but I have to admit I was disapointed. It just wasn't the same. I discarded the rocket portion and kept the plastic Eagle on my shelf. I'm not sure what happened to it. I think it got thrown away during the great purge of 1979 when I discovered girls.(not as reliable as the Eagle but very soft and squishy).

Oh the rocket flew okay but not very high.
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Old 06-12-2006, 02:35 PM   #4
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Isn't it funny how most of us ditched rockets when we discovered the opposite sex?

Now I just turned 40 and I'm getting back into the hobby. Me and a bunch of other old farts (and occasionally our kids) get together one Saturday a month to fly rockets.

Honestly, I can't imagine the Eagle making a good rocket. Not very aerodynamic, which is a must in this hobby!
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Old 08-12-2006, 05:53 PM   #5
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The Eagle itself was just the rather un-aerodynamic nose cone for the rocket - the lower traditional model rocket section section contained the engine and large fins that the rocket needed to fly straight. Well, in theory - mine corkscrewed up through most of its one and only flight.

I recently found the Eagle section of the rocket - I cut off the command module and the 4 side pods and am in the process of building a more accurate Eagle from the parts. They are reasonably close to the same size as the Airfix/AMT Ertl Eagle (the command module is a little smaller, the side pods slightly larger, everthing else gets tossed), should be an interesting build.

The one thing that the Centuri kit did have was reasonably accurate Moonbase Alpha crest decals.
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Old 08-12-2006, 08:32 PM   #6
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I'm not sure what happened to it. I think it got thrown away during the great purge of 1979 when I discovered girls.(not as reliable as the Eagle but very soft and squishy).

Oh the rocket flew okay but not very high.

Hey!!!!
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Old 08-12-2006, 10:54 PM   #7
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I'm not sure what happened to it. I think it got thrown away during the great purge of 1979 when I discovered girls.(not as reliable as the Eagle but very soft and squishy).

Oh the rocket flew okay but not very high.

Hey!!!!
Present company excluded of course My Dear Lady...
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Old 08-12-2006, 11:02 PM   #8
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I'm not sure what happened to it. I think it got thrown away during the great purge of 1979 when I discovered girls.(not as reliable as the Eagle but very soft and squishy).
Hey!!!!
That's right! I think girls are just as reliable as the Eagle.

Now, refresh my memory. How many Eagles ended up crashing on the series?
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Old 08-12-2006, 11:13 PM   #9
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I'm not sure what happened to it. I think it got thrown away during the great purge of 1979 when I discovered girls.(not as reliable as the Eagle but very soft and squishy).
Hey!!!!
That's right! I think girls are just as reliable as the Eagle.

Now, refresh my memory. How many Eagles ended up crashing on the series?
Okay you have to qualify that answer. How many crashed due to alien influence and how many crashed because of a faulty Eagle?
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Old 08-12-2006, 11:19 PM   #10
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I'd say the point remains the same. Girls are just as reliable as Eagles. Sometimes that reliability is a result of internal conditions, sometimes it is a result of external conditions.
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Old 09-12-2006, 12:22 AM   #11
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I'm not sure what happened to it. I think it got thrown away during the great purge of 1979 when I discovered girls.(not as reliable as the Eagle but very soft and squishy).

Oh the rocket flew okay but not very high.

Hey!!!!
Present company excluded of course My Dear Lady...
I should hope so!!
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Old 09-12-2006, 12:25 AM   #12
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I'm not sure what happened to it. I think it got thrown away during the great purge of 1979 when I discovered girls.(not as reliable as the Eagle but very soft and squishy).
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That's right! I think girls are just as reliable as the Eagle.

Now, refresh my memory. How many Eagles ended up crashing on the series?
But I will point out, never was there a woman behind the controls during a crash... of course, your average Alphan female apparently had more sense than to be caught 'behind the wheel' of one of these flying bricks. (Says she who would have loved to have had a crack at one! )
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Old 09-12-2006, 12:35 AM   #13
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LOL!

A better argument would be that -if- the average Alphan female had been 'behind the wheel' of the Eagles, they wouldn't have crashed nearly as often (unless ordered to do something stupid by the male Commander).
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Old 09-12-2006, 12:48 AM   #14
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Statistically, they would have crashed far fewer but it would've taken five or six goes to land it in the right spot on the landing pad.

"This is Eagle One,

All systems checked,

All lights are green,

Make up checked in mirror and I look hot,

Ready for Lift Off!"
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Old 09-12-2006, 12:50 AM   #15
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Now DX, are we being critical of those of us with type A tendencies??
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Old 09-12-2006, 12:55 AM   #16
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Why does it take two women with PMT to fly an Eagle?

"Because it just does OK?

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Old 09-12-2006, 04:48 AM   #17
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I had that model rocket- as I recall it flew about as well as any other- IF it flew...hehe- you were as likely to recover it as never see it again.
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But I will point out, never was there a woman behind the controls during a crash... of course, your average Alphan female apparently had more sense than to be caught 'behind the wheel' of one of these flying bricks. (Says she who would have loved to have had a crack at one! )
I don't know about that cricket. You may need to watch "Space Warp" one more time. Not only did a female crash an Eagle, she did what most women do......

She took out several parked Eagles AND surrounding items too!





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Old 10-12-2006, 04:53 AM   #19
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crack smoker??

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I still have one, in the box, unopened. I am planning to make a "clone" of the kit just as soon as I figure out how to replicate the "Eagle nose cone" in plastic.
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