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February 7, 2012
I’ve been thinking about ways we could meet each other and start coming together as a group before we have a permanent facility. I was wondering how much interest there would be in getting together to build model rockets. We could meet again at a park to launch them and have a picnic.
I was in Hobby Lobby today and noticed we can buy an “Educator’s Pack” of 12 Estes rockets kits for $50-$55 (and I have a 40% off coupon that’s good until Saturday). They’re easy to build, have parachutes and can take engines up to C6-7 (which are 3 for $10).
Kids, spouses, and significant others would be welcome to join us.
The main problem might be finding a place to build them. I’m wondering if could get free use of a library meeting room or a town rec center if we promise to protect the furniture from glue and paint.
February 7, 2012
I had another 40% off coupon so I went back and bought a bulk pack of 12 rockets kits. The design I chose has fins that can be attached in different ways. So they can be customized.
The cost was just under $36 or about $3 each (they normally sell for $10 each). However, I’m probably going to ask for a $5 donation to cover the cost of the rockets and the other things we’ll need: some cheap hobby knife sets, glue (white and/or CA) and some spray lacquer (because it dries almost instantly).
I’m not going to push this idea very hard. So there won’t be a rocket building session and launch picnic unless there’s some enthusiasm for it. I’ll give them to a Girl Scout Troop I know or give them away as gifts if we don’t use them.
If there is interest then I’ll try and save us some money by buying a bulk pack of engines with a coupon. Hobby Lobby occasionally distributes 40%-off one item coupons and you can print one out right now that’s good until 8 PM Saturday night (5/26).
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