The DARS Fall Classic No. 9

Sci-Fi Spectacular

October 19, 2013†† Frisco, Texas

The Fall Classic is The Dallas Area Rocket Societyís annual contest that is part air show, museum visit, and science lesson all rolled into one!The contests are simple and fun... The rockets are classic and cool.Did we mention that there are prizes?

This yearís theme event will focus will be rockets based on science fiction books, television series, and movies.The images from science fiction have spurred the imagination of many a rocketeer and scientists to wonder what could be possible and what is out there?This year you can get your geek on and bring out your best sci fi rocket to compete and have fun.The sci fi madness creeps across all categories, since many manufactureres in the 60s, 70s, and 80s made kits based on science fiction movies of the time, and any of those can be upscaled.Full size R2D2, anyone?If that doesnít do it for you, move into the starship category and pick any sci fi space ship that strikes your fancy from any time period.Just bring along an picture to line up your story on what it is you built.By all means, if you are going to complete, please do read the guidelines below.

All of the fun can be found just off Preston Road, just down Pather Creek, on October 19, 2012 from 10am to 4pm.If you are new to the event, please take a look around and be sure to check out the articles and pictures from past events at the bottom of the page.


This Yearís Event Sponsors









Click on the logos to link to their sites


Schedule of Events




Arrive and set up


Launching rockets begins!

Begin registration


1st Young Rocketeers Drawing


2ndYoung Rocketeers Drawing

Polls Open - Voting Begins


Star Wars vs. Star Trek

3rd Young Rocketeers Drawing


4th Young Rocketeers Drawing


Polls Close

Final flights for points must be complete

5th Young Rocketeers Drawing


Winners Announced/Prizes Awarded


Tear Down/Pack up


This Yearís Category Line Up
(for all event details, please see the guidelines/rules document below)

Sci-Fi Spaceships

The theme event for this year will be based on models of science fiction starships from books, movies, or telivision.They can be scratch built, kit, or plastic model conversion (PMC).All models are eligible for flight points, but PMC models must fly and have a stable flight to be eligible.Unstable or unflown PMC models will be disqualified from the competition.


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 judged 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 and if you happen to have a Sci Fi model, that will get you a point as well.


Classic Upscale
Kit based or scratch built models of classic rocket models.Flight bonus points apply for this category as do Sci-Fi points for upscales of those classics.Star Trek, Star Wars, Buck Rogers, Battle Star Glactica, and Space 1999 were all well represented back in the day.


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.


Young Rocketeers Prize Drawings

Once again this year we will be holding drawings for the young rocketeers for some great prizes.Rocketeers 14 and under are eligible.You must be present to win.


vs †††

This time itís personal... We settle this here and now.The event to determine who will rule supreme in the galaxy.

The event is essentially a fly off between the competing factions on the field.At 1:00 pm, those who wish to fly their Star Wars and Star Trek models will put them on the pads for all to see, and luanch vollys until one stands supreme.Club members vote on their favorite flight from the event.



Whatís 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, motors, 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 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.


Helpful Links

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

Map and directions to the site Frisco Field

This yearís store flyer

Tips for building your own Classic Cloning the Classics by our departed friend 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





Shroudlines Article

2012 Site



Shroudlilnes Article

2011 Site


2010 Bill Geeís pictures

2010 Richard Benavidesí pictures

Shroudlines Article

2010 Site



Shroudlines Article

2009 Site, Doug Samsí Pictures




Doug Samsí Report



Shroudlines Article




Shroudlines Article


2006 NSL


Sport Rocketry Article pg1 pg2




Shroudlines Article



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