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  • Shapeways Printing Service No Longer Available   2024-07-06  
    As of July 2, 2024, printing service has ceased operations. So until further notice, our Meatball Rocketry scale model parts will no longer be available. We are looking into other printing services and other possible solutions. We’re very sorry for the inconvenience. For information about Shapeways closing, see the following two articles: See also this ...
  • Guest Article: John Brohm’s Black Brant VIII   2021-08-01  
    We’re pleased to host another of John Brohm’s build articles.  Check out the Black Brant VIII he flew at NARAM-62 to first place in Team Division (2021).  PDF article link at the following page: John Brohm’s Black Brant VIII Project
  • Guest Article: John Brohm’s Javelin Project   2019-11-10  
    Check out John Brohm’s award-winning Argo D-4 Javelin model project. John shares lots of useful scale rocketry techniques in a series of four PDF articles.
  • Spectacular Failures of Unmanned Rockets   2016-06-13  
    I put this together for a 4-H rocket day camp in 2013–the kids really enjoyed it. Video clips from various YouTube sources, The Right Stuff, and Spacecraft Films DVD, Liftoff: Success and Failure on the Launch Pad (highly recommended). Audio track: Wagner’s The Ride of the Valkyries, performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Minor Site Update   2015-03-15  
    We now have an e-commerce plugin handling the layout of our 3D-printed part links, etc.  This should make it somewhat easier for our customers to browse products that are available in multiple configurations while remaining on this site.  Links will take you to the corresponding product listing on An added benefit of having the e-commerce ...
  • 4-H Rocket Camp 2013 & 2014   2014-10-14  
    Jess and I taught a 4-H rocket camp for two years in a row, and it was a big success.
  • J-2 Engines for sale in 1:72 & 1:70 Scale (Updated)   2014-08-16  
    Design Update (1:72 & 1:70) The latest design for the J-2 Engines in 1:72 and 1:70 scale is identical to the original, but the 3D model is now printed in two pieces for easier finishing.  Note the addition of sprue material that will have to be removed for assembly.  (Lower sprue is only partially removed to ...
  • 1:72 and 1:70 H-1 Engine Sets   2014-08-02  
    We’re happy to announce our latest 3D-printed parts available via Shapeways:  Sets of H-1 Engines in 1:72 and 1:70 scale.  Both early and later versions of the central flame shield / inboard turbine exhaust designs are represented alongside a common outboard engine design.  Links below.  Be sure to check out various photos of 1:72 scale ...
  • Quick Tip: Engine Blocks and Hooks   2014-07-10  
    Always use engine blocks when using engine hooks. I have never felt comfortable with the idea of hook-only motor retention, but I didn’t have clear rationale behind my concerns until now.  On launch day of rocket camp 2014, one of our students inadvertently pushed his engine (along with the hook!) too far into his Alpha III ...
  • Images Added to netfabb Tips for STL Fixing   2014-06-14  
    For those of you interested in designing your own scale model parts and printing them yourself or uploading them to a service such as Shapeways, I finally finished a post of tips-and-tricks for file repair in netfabb Studio Basic (free).  There is some mention of TurboCAD-specific settings, but most of the post should be relevant ...
  • Theme Updates   2014-05-28  
    We’re in the process of upgrading our site’s theme to be friendlier to mobile devices.  There are bound to be bugs here and there, but hopefully we will be able to work them out in short order.  We hope you like the changes.
  • 50 Years Ago Today — SA-5 Launch   2014-01-29  
    January 29, 1964.  First 2-stage flight of a Saturn vehicle.
  • Link to Saturn I Build and 3D-Printed Parts   2013-11-10  
    Brian Matney is in the process of kitbashing and scratch-building a 1:144 scale version of the Saturn I as it is displayed at USSRC, complete with support arms, using an Airfix Saturn IB kit as a base.  He has already ordered several new 3D-Printed detail parts from us through our Shapeways Shop, including a set ...
  • Saturn I in Google Earth (For Now)   2013-11-03  
    Back in 2011 I modeled a simplified Saturn I Block II representative of the one in the rocket garden at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, using SketchUp.  I submitted it for use in the building layer of Google Earth, and for the moment, at least, it’s still there.  Google announced back ...
  • Some Web Trial and Error   2013-10-24  
    If this web site looks kinda funky on occasion, it’s probably because I’m trying to hunt down a compatibility problem related to a gallery plugin that recently got rebuilt but has several bugs.  So if things looks weird, please be patient.  It won’t stay that way for long!
  • Comments Open for Blog & News   2013-10-20  
    Just trying something out here…  I’ve enabled the comment forms for Blog & News entries in case someone has something they want to add.  All new comments will be moderated to start.  Hopefully I won’t get buried in excessive spam.  🙂
  • Oldie but a Goodie: James Duffy’s Little Joe I   2013-10-05  
    If you haven’t done so, be sure to visit the project pages for James Duffy’s 1:17.44 scale Little Joe I model which flew at an FAI World Cup event in 2008.  James shows the process from start to finish, with plenty of info and photos to serve as inspiration. And don’t forget the items James has ...
  • 10 Years Ago — 9/14/2003   2013-09-15  
    PVC Spider & 1:59 Saturn Test Model Hard to believe that it has been ten years since that first test flight. httpv://
  • George’s Little Joe II Pages   2012-09-10  
    If you’ve never visited George Gassaway’s site, be sure to check it out.  There is a ton of useful and interesting stuff there including his award-winning Space Shuttle project, as well as his Little Joe II model projects and comprehensive scale data.  Actually, there seems to be a ton of Little Joe II information that ...
  • Looking Back Ten Years…   2012-06-16  
    It seems unreal to me that ten years have passed since Jess and I traveled to Pennsylvania for our first Sport Scale event at RAMTEC-10 in 2002 with the Black Brant XII and the Iris.  She was pregnant with Ben at the time, who will be turning ten in September. As far as I know, that ...

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