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Handbook of Model Rocketry (Mechanical Engineering) [Paperback]

G. Harry Stine , Bill Stine
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25 May 2004 Mechanical Engineering
A fully updated new edition of the bible of model rocketry and the official handbook of the National Association of Rocketry G. Harry Stine was one of the founders of model rocketry and one of its most accomplished and respected figures. His Handbook of Model Rocketry has long been recognized as the most authoritative and reliable resource in the field. Now fully updated and expanded by Harry′s son Bill Stine, who inherited his father′s passion for model rockets, the new Seventh Edition includes the many changes in the hobby that have occurred since the last edition was published, such as new types of rockets, motors, and electronic payloads, plus computer software and Internet resources. This new edition also includes new photos and a new chapter on high–power rocketry. G. Harry Stine, founder and one–time president of the National Association of Rocketry, started the world′s first model rocket company, whose kits are now in the Smithsonian. Bill Stine, also a model rocket expert, is the founder and president of Quest Aerospace Inc.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey Bass; 7th Edition edition (25 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471472425
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471472421
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 15.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 282,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The classic guide by the "father of model rocketry"–revised and updated for the twenty–first century This new edition of the "bible of modern rocketry" shows you how to safely build, launch, track, and recover model rockets–just as the experts do it! Whether you’re a beginner or a veteran model rocketeer, the Handbook of Model Rocketry explains everything you need to know to get your rocket off the ground–from rocket construction and ignition systems to launching techniques, aerodynamics, altitude determinations, and recovery devices. G. Harry Stine’s son, Bill Stine, covers all the latest changes to the hobby since the last edition was published. This authoritative guide, the official manual of the National Association of Rocketry, provides the expertise you need to launch your rocket skyward. Features new types of rockets, motors, and electronic payloads, as well as computer software and Internet resources Includes the latest regulations and a new chapter on high–power rocketry Explains building and flying large rocket models, and using radio– controlled boost gliders and rocket gliders Lists the latest resources as well as information about joining model rocket clubs and entering contests!

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G. HARRY STINE was the founder and one–time president of the National Association of Rocketry. An engineer, science writer, and author, Stine also started the first model rocket company, whose kits are now in the Smithsonian. His son, BILL STINE, is a model rocket expert in his own right and is the founder and president of Quest Aerospace Inc.

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Model rocketry has been called miniature astronautics, a technology in miniature, a hobby, a sport, a technological recreation, and an educational tool-and it is all of these things. Read the first page
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I'm a beginner in model rocketry. In fact, I haven't even had a flight yet. My rockets are sitting at home waiting for some good weather. I've spent some time talking to people on forums, and reading the information on various rocketry sites, so I'm aware of the basics.
This book arrived yesterday and seems to fill in all the blanks, as well as explaining the basics I already knew very well. The author is careful to allow for possible changes in the future, and also impresses upon the reader the importance of safety without overdoing it and asounding like a nagging old-timer.
All relevant areas of the hobby are covered, from using the Ready To Fly kits to making a rocket from scratch, all types of rocket motor, recovery systems etc.
I've already learnt a lot from this book and I'm only halfway through. I would definitely recommend to this to anyone starting out in model rocketry, and probably to more experienced people as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Comprehensive Guide 13 Jun 2001
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Format:Paperback
I was very pleased with this book; as a beginner it covers all the areas needed to construct and fly your own rocket, with lots of additional information for those who want to learn further.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It really is rocket science! 19 Nov 2013
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A well written and well rounded introduction to model rocketry. Mr Stine covers all the basic topics to an appropriate depth for the average amateur model rocketeer. The focus is on building rockets that work, the main features of a typical rocket, the important physical principles that affect rocket stability and the huge variety of rocket types that you might find yourself bulding in the years to come.
The 4 stars is because the book can be a little too hand-wavy and wooly at times but I'm a physicist by day so that may just be me. If you are hungry for more details, more theory, moar physics, moar maths then check out "Topics in advanced model rocketry".
I wish my parents bought me this book when I was younger instead of a PC!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Totally great! 18 Jun 1998
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Format:Paperback
The Handbook provides you with just about everything you would need or want to know about building and flying model rockets. It covers from how to prepare a motor for flight and how to attach fins, to more complicated things such as boost gliders and clusters. Through the whole thing, descriptions are detailed. Mr. Stine's humour keeps what could be some boring but important items fun, guiding you from your first rocket to scale masterpieces. Join the fun!
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The late G. Harry Stine's 6th edition of his "handbook"-1993 is a MUST read; includes how to get started in model rocketry, safety, construction, flight, recovery & special projects from the man who paved the way for all model rocketeers. Young & old alike will enjoy this book loaded with awesome photos, drawings and illustrations!
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