Because of CoVID-19, NARAM went virtual this year, and so did the events associated with it - the NAR board meeting, the manufacturer's forum, and the NARA town hall. I registered for the latter two as they are 2 hours long, but the 8 hour board meeting is a bit beyond my endurance. The NAR town hall is tomorrow evening and the manufacturer's forum was last night, starting at 7 PM Central Time. I can truly say that all 115 attendees signed off pretty stoked from the pitches of the 11 vendors present.
|Ed LaCroix and Peter Alway (Click to enlarge).|
Next up was Andy Jackson of Aerospace Specialty Products. ASP is noted for its competition and scale kits, and Andy showed off their latest releases - a 24mm powered model of the Indonesian RX-250-LPN sounding rocket, and Micromaxx scale models of the Hawk anti-aircraft missile and the Jayhawk drone. Micromaxx is very popular with those rocketeers who have just the backyard available, and these scale models are pretty sharp. Andy also expounded a bit on the "1000 uses of mylar tape", which ASP also sells.
|Bill Stine and Ellis Langford (in mask). Look at all those goodies! (Click to enlarge)|
|Bill and Ellis show off the package art for the upcoming Saturn 1B (Click to enlarge).|
|Tim Van Milligan of Apogee - the new Flamethrower is at left, behind the T-LOC (Click to enlarge).|
North Coast Rocketry was #5. Matt Steele started off with the recently released F-117 Nighthawk boost glider (absolutely gorgeous!) and talked about a near term release called the Vectra, a 29 mm rocket with a missile like appearance. At some point in the future, North Coast may release a model of the Argo Javelin, but Matt warned it would be fairly pricey due to all the custom 3D printed parts. However, if you have some spare cash I do recommend you purchase his Airfoil Assistants, which make sanding the leading and trailing edges of fins much easier - They are hot sellers!
(To be continued...)