I started to find Estes catalogs and rocket magazines all around the living room.
Old catalogs, new catalogs...
Old magazines, new magazines.
Then rocket model kits started showing up in our work room.
And suddenly, E's evenings were quietly spent working on these models.
It doesn't take long for me to put 2 + 2 together.
Vacation time is coming up soon. Without a word expressed, I know vacation time will include launching rockets out in the country.
Any smart rocketeer knows that rockets can get lost. You shoot one off - and it goes 'haywire' without a warning. One second your rocket is sitting on the launch pad, waiting for you to push the 'GO' button. The next instant, the rocket is sky high - and you never see it again.
So you build spare rockets. Lots of rockets.
You sand, you paint, you apply sealant.
You add decals.
And if you are me, you go on the offense.
I don't want to be left in the
dust rocket exhaust.
So I start building too.
My contribution is a little Alpha III. It is simple. Plastic fins, no paint. Lots of decals. And it is very short.
My Alpha III is the little orange rocket is on the right.
The masked rocket on the left is E.'s project, a missile.
|(I made this one... a Ticonderoga Pencil rocket!)|
And isn't vacation all about FUN?