Canadian (non-CANAROC) rocketry starter set

Canadian (non-CANAROC) rocketry starter set

Post by James Wentwor » Sat, 19 Sep 1998 04:00:00



Hello Everyone,

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.

Jason

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Canadian (non-CANAROC) rocketry starter set

Post by The Silent Observe » Sat, 19 Sep 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> Hello Everyone,

> 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.

<snip>

Quote:
> 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.

This kit is still available (or was, as of a year or two ago) from Radio
Shack stores here in the States.  Still includes the same stuff --
helium balloon with helium, propeller car, 2 *** power airplanes,
balloon helicopter (spun by tip jets driven from the balloon's internal
pressure) and a model rocket, maybe some other stuff.  Last time I
checked it was in the range of $40.  IIRC, it's made by Jasco, the same
company that makes the ultra-cheap "toy" telescopes you can buy various
places (the telescopes aren't really toys, they're completely functional
and optically quite good, but they're of inferior construction and use
non-standard eyepieces, etc.).

The same company makes a couple other "Adventures in Science" kits that
are also sold through Radio Shack -- you might drop into your local
store and ask to look at the big catalog if they don't have the kits in
stock.  Based on what's in it, it's a decent deal compared to the prices
of buying comparable bits separately...

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Canadian (non-CANAROC) rocketry starter set

Post by kdray.. » Sat, 19 Sep 1998 04:00:00




Quote:
>Hello Everyone,

>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

<SNIP>

Quote:
>Many thanks in advance to anyone who can help.

>Jason

>--
>James J. Wentworth


I got my brother one of those, about 10- 15 years ago. It was put out
by... Radio Shack! In fact, I still have a few pieces of the set
laying around somewhere. The BT for the rocket, as I remember, was,
um, less than smooth.

I still don't understand why an electronics shop would carry something
like that, but whatever!  ;-)


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Canadian (non-CANAROC) rocketry starter set

Post by Scott D. Hans » Sat, 19 Sep 1998 04:00:00



Quote:
> 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.

  I got one myself for Christmas sometime in the mid 70's.  I still have
it as a matter of fact. ;-)  It's stored up in my garage attic.  If I
have a chance to dig it out I'll let ya know whatever info I find as to
who made/makes it.

Scott

 
 
 

Canadian (non-CANAROC) rocketry starter set

Post by Jeff Vince » Mon, 21 Sep 1998 04:00:00




Quote:
>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.

...

Quote:
>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.

   Yeah, I had one of those.  I was looking for something else* in the
ba***t and came across the manual for it.  The company was Logix.
The copyright in the manual was 1973.  Let me know if you have any
other questions on it (that the manual can answer).

* anyone have an instruction manual/sheet for a Futaba 4NBL Attack AM
RC radio w/micro servos, circa 1989, handy?  :)


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Canadian (non-CANAROC) rocketry starter set

Post by Jeff Vince » Mon, 21 Sep 1998 04:00:00


On Fri, 18 Sep 1998 12:08:10 -0700, The Silent Observer

Quote:

>This kit is still available (or was, as of a year or two ago) from Radio
>Shack stores here in the States.  Still includes the same stuff --
>helium balloon with helium, propeller car, 2 *** power airplanes,
>balloon helicopter (spun by tip jets driven from the balloon's internal
>pressure) and a model rocket, maybe some other stuff.  Last time I
>checked it was in the range of $40.  IIRC, it's made by Jasco, the same
>company that makes the ultra-cheap "toy" telescopes you can buy various
>places (the telescopes aren't really toys, they're completely functional
>and optically quite good, but they're of inferior construction and use
>non-standard eyepieces, etc.).

   Not to argue on the Jasco point (they may have issued it too), but
wasn't *Tasco* the cheapie telescope company?  Didn't Jasco do model
airplane stuff (maybe circa WWII?)?  (I seem to remember Jasco
mentioned in some old Frank Zaic books.)


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Canadian (non-CANAROC) rocketry starter set

Post by The Silent Observe » Mon, 21 Sep 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> On Fri, 18 Sep 1998 12:08:10 -0700, The Silent Observer

> >This kit is still available (or was, as of a year or two ago) from Radio
> >Shack stores here in the States.  Still includes the same stuff --
> >helium balloon with helium, propeller car, 2 *** power airplanes,
> >balloon helicopter (spun by tip jets driven from the balloon's internal
> >pressure) and a model rocket, maybe some other stuff.  Last time I
> >checked it was in the range of $40.  IIRC, it's made by Jasco, the same
> >company that makes the ultra-cheap "toy" telescopes you can buy various
> >places (the telescopes aren't really toys, they're completely functional
> >and optically quite good, but they're of inferior construction and use
> >non-standard eyepieces, etc.).

>    Not to argue on the Jasco point (they may have issued it too), but
> wasn't *Tasco* the cheapie telescope company?  Didn't Jasco do model
> airplane stuff (maybe circa WWII?)?  (I seem to remember Jasco
> mentioned in some old Frank Zaic books.)

Yep, you're right -- it was Tasco.

Hmmm...I hear they can transplant neurons now to help stroke victims
recover function; I wonder how long it'll be until they can do that for
the terminally confused?  B)

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      If you're going to be a dope, please do it somewhere else!

Donald Qualls, aka The Silent Observer           NAR # 70141-SR Insured
Rocket Pages             http://www.FoundCollection.com/

Opinions expressed are my own -- take them for what they're worth
and don't expect them to be perfect.

 
 
 

Canadian (non-CANAROC) rocketry starter set

Post by Rick Dunseit » Wed, 23 Sep 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> 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

My manual from that set it titled "Science Fun Experiments in
Aeronautics."

Quote:
> 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).

I am still using this controller.  I've only been a BAR for a few
months, but on and off over the years since I got the kit (IIRC it was
about 1976 or so) I've used the controller.  I replaced the styrofoam
with a balsa-wood box about 20 years ago, and I hook the contraption up
to my car battery to launch my rockets.  Still works like a charm.

Quote:
> 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.  

Logix.  I still have the manual (pages are yellowing) and the
controller.  This set is what got me into model rocketry in the first
place.

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