Now Shipping to Australia and Japan

PackageWe recently updated our international shipping policy. We added Australia and Japan to our international destinations (joining Canada and Mexico) and formalized how we handle shipping charges that are significantly different than wgat our web site adds to international orders.

For international orders, our site charges a standard shipping fee based on the cost of shipping an average package (about 1 pound, one ounce) to the destination country via Priority Mail International.  We prefer using Priority Mail because it is more relliable and faster than other methods.

Sometimes our actual cost of shipping will be significantly lower than the standard shipping fee. If this is the case, we will refund a portion of the shipping fee. Our goal is that you will end up paying no more than about $5.00 over the actual cost for us to ship the package.

If the actual cost of shipping is significantly more than the standard shipping fee, we will contact you before shipping and inform you of your options which will include cancelling or changing your order.  If you agree, we will send you an invoice for the additional cost of shipping and will wait to ship the order until we have received the payment.

Our Deepest Condolences to the Friends and Family of Carl McLawhorn

It’s with great sadness that we learned today of the passing of Carl McLawhorn.

Carl founded Semroc Astronautics Corporation in his college dorm at North Carolina State University in November of 1967. Semroc produced a line of model rocket kits and motors. Quickly growing to a company with twenty-five full-time employees working at two facilities, Semroc faced some fiscal challenges and, in early 1971, the company became insolvent and closed its doors.

A little over three decades later, Semroc returned. Reincorporated on April 2, 2002, SemrocSemroc currently produces a large line of quality model rocket kits including many reproductions of the classic kits of the 1960s and 1970s.

We never met Carl in person, but, through all of our dealings with Semroc, we always found him, and his wife, Sheryl, to be friendly, courteous, and professional.  Carl contributed much to the model rocketry hobby and will be sorely missed.

— Roger and Bracha


Larry W.’s Boost Gliders

Larry W. of Crestwood, Kentucky, recently emailed us to share some photos of rockets he has built using parts that he purchased from and Semroc.

Larry has loved rockets since he was in the fifth grade and watched the Mercury astronuats
go into space.  He’s now a 40-year veteran of public and private education and teaches a course in Aerospace science at a private high school in Louisville, Kentucky.

First up is Larry’s scratch-built glider and booster. “The white rocket with the black glider has been flown before with a different glider as payload. The original glider was lost when it flew across the road from our launch site, passed over a small cornfield and was last seen moving toward some trees.”

Glide with White BoosterLarry has also crafted another glider which is more closely based on the X-20 Dyna-Soar space plane proposed by the US Air Force in the early days of the “Space Race.”

Titan III GliderThe Dyna Soar glider will be flown on top of a model of the Titan IIIC, the rocket that the Air Force had chosen to launch the Dyna Soar.

Titan III CentaurThe white booster uses a standard C6-3 motor while the Titan IIIC uses a larger C11-3 motor.

Thanks, Larry, for sharing your story and the photographs of your rockets!