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R/C Zone
Preston and Stonebridge, Frisco

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Schedule of Events


Begin registration


Swap Meet Opens


1st Kids Drawing


2nd Kids Drawing


Polls Open - Voting Begins


CineRoc/CamRoc Launch - A Tribute to Mike Dorffler


3rd Kids Drawing


4th Kids Drawing


Polls Close


Final flights for points must be complete


5th Kids Drawing


Winners Announced/Prizes Awarded


Swap Meet Closes


Tear Down/Pack up

Note: This yearís event includes several drawing for the young rocketeers in attendance.Please have you kids sign up at the event tables on the field.

The Fall Classic is dedicated to the memory of James Gartrell

James was a gentleman in every sense of the word.He was a great friend to this hobby, DARS, The Fall Classic, and everyone that knew him.He was a big part of this event in previous years, so it seemed appropriate that this yearís event be dedicated in his honor to celebrate his life and love for classic rockets.He lost a long battle with cancer on September 10, 2010 and will be greatly missed.

Whatí a Classic?

Much of this is in the eye of the beholder.Generally Classic rockets are considered to be those designs that appeared early in the hobby when everything was new and anything was possible.That certainly includes the 60ís when Vern Estes, Lee Piester, and others created kits and components to build safe and reliable hobby rockets.It includes the 70ís, since that is the decade where the competition between Estes and Centuri was the fiercest and other constructors began come on line.We include the 80ís in our competition as there were still many great designs that appeared in that decade that would be a shame not to represent.These Classic designs continue to be popular with the old timers in the hobby that grew up with them, as well as those that came into the hobby beyond these decades.The evidence for this shows up with events like Estes re-release of Classics like the Orbital Transport, Red Max, Scissor Wing Transport, Interceptor, and the 2010 Classic Series.It is also shown by manufacturers like Semroc, Q-modeling, and many others that continue to fill the demand for these classic kits and parts.The fact that the Big Bertha has been made continuously since at least 1965 (the shape appeared as the Ranger in 1962) probably says it all.

What you need to know about this yearís events

The Classic Classic
Rockets qualify for this category if the original design of this rocket was introduced in the 60s, 70s, or 80s.This category is open to originals, clones, and re-issue versions of the rockets from these can be an invaluable resource here, as they have list of all Estes and Centuri rockets made, as well as many of the catalogs they appeared in.†† Rockets are judge by the public, so sometimes it pays to match the original, and sometimes not.Bonus points apply to this category for providing year of introduction documentation, including old catalogs.Flight points also apply as does the special rule for old pictures of the rocketeer and the rocket from the correct timeframe.


Starships is defined by any design that is intended to go into space with people on board, whether it is real or fantasy/sci-fi.The hope here is to see things like an Estes or Apogee Saturn V competing against a Klingon Battle Cruiser and an Estes Interceptor.The possibilities are endless here.The models must have been designed as a model rocket.No specific year of introduction is required.No plastic conversions or static art.Year of introduction bonus points do not apply.Flight points do apply.


Classic Upscale
Vendors like Estes, Q-modeling, and others have brought back a number of classic designs in jumbo sizes.These kits are eligible to compete as well as your own scratch built versions of classic rockets.Only flight bonus points apply for this category.


Best in Show
This one is always hard fought and exciting.This award goes to the rocket judged best in show by the voting public.†† All rockets in all categories are eligible to win best in show.††


Classic Kit Swap Meet

Got some old kits you would like to part with?Are you looking for that one you never got?Well bring them out to The Classic and see if you canít make a deal with another like-minded hobbyist.

Guidelines/Rules for all the events (If you are going to compete, please read this)Guidelines

Map and directions to the site Frisco Field

Tips for building your own Classic Cloning the Classics by James Gartrell

Three Classic must-have sites††† JimZís Rocket Plans†† Ye Olde Rocket Plans

The Hall of Fame winners of past events†† The Hall of Fame

Past Classics Pictures and Reports:   

Event Year

Picture Gallery


External Links



Shroudlines Article

Doug Samsí Pictures




Doug Samsí Report



Shroudlines Ariticle




Shroudlines Article


2006 NSL


Sport Rocketry Article pg1 pg2




Shroudlines Article



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