In the late 1970s I had something that you might call the model
aviation/model rocketry equivalent of a chemistry set. It was called
"Aeronautical Exploration Outfit" or something similar, and it was made
by a Canadian firm (not CANAROC). It had all of the components necessary
to build a helium balloon (it even came with a shaving cream-type can of
helium), a ***-band propeller-driven "car," a stick-fuselage
***-powered airplane, a balloon-driven aeolipile (sp?) to demonstrate
jet propulsion, a ***-powered balsa-and-tissue model airplane called
the Arctic Explorer, a model rocket, and several other projects. This
outfit was advertised in the 1977 Sears catalog.
The model rocket used BT-20 size hard brown tubing similar to the MPC
"fiber" body tubes, and it had a red plastic nose cone and four clipped-delta
balsa fins. The fins were aligned on the tube by slits in a
black-and-white checkerboard body wrapper. The rocket had two plastic
parachutes, a 10" or 12" one for the body and a 6" one for the nose cone.
The launch pad and controller were made of styrofoam! The launch pad was
a 6" square, 1" thick styrofoam block with a smaller square sheet metal
blast deflector that fit into a shallow recess on top of the block. The
launch rod was aluminum, and the upper 18" piece was narrower than the
bottom piece (like the current Quest launch rods). The launch controller
was a 1.5" X 3" X 4" hollow styrofoam box with a red styrene front
panel. This front panel had a launch button, a continuity lamp, but no
safety key. Instead, there was a three-position slide switch that armed
the circuit (the center position was the "armed" position and the two
side positions were the "safed" positions).
Did anyone else have one of these outfits and if so, can you remember who
made it? I can vaguely remember the company logo, but all I know is that
is was _not_ CANAROC. I wish I still had the set, as it was one of the
strangest examples of model rocketry hardware I've ever seen.
Many thanks in advance to anyone who can help.
James J. Wentworth