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March 2017



It's hard to believe that on March 1 we begin year 13 for Verna & Randy's Rockets. Through this website over the last 12 years we've made many wonderful friends all over the world and many of you have been coming here every month since day 1!

We hope you've had as much fun as we have and we're grateful for your support of the website, Rocket Babe book series and Facebook page! We're looking forward to hearing from many more of you over the coming year!



Les Randler - Rocket Santa


Next Christmas is still more than 9 months away but for some lucky boys and girls it will come again over the next few months - at a rocket field.

About a million years ago when we started this website we had no idea it would take us all over the world and into so many homes. In that time we've developed so many wonderful friendships with people on every continent and speaking many languages; thank goodness for translation software!

Among the nicest of those we've met so far is Les Randler. To make a long story short, Les is a talented and experienced builder and flyer, not to mention a huge Rocket Babe fan. Over the last 3-4 years of forums, books and emails, we've come to know him as a kind and very generous man as well.

During one of our first exchanges I learned Les had accumulated a large number of rockets (about 40+) and he was ready to, thin the heard. He was aware that we were active in our club and helping with young flyers, so after a brief discussion it was decided he would send his cache to us and we would then find new homes for them.

It's not uncommon for kids to come to a club launch with a dad or friend and without a rocket of their own but for as long as they last, Les' well built and shiny rockets are a fun surprise that put smiles on their faces.

Well, the first batch came and quickly went and by now most have been enjoyed or loved to pieces. You might even say, they were literally loved to death. Obviously it doesn't take long to find homes for these rockets and hopefully they spark the interest of a boy or girl toward science, space and the hobby for more than just a day.


Of course, the original batch Les sent has been gone a while now but just 2 weeks ago he sent us another box of 22 rockets and they have now been recertified for flying. That means as soon as we can get to the field some kid is going home with more than he or she came with.

And at this point I have to tell you that Les is a private person, he'll be surprised to see this. He didn't donate anything to gain from it or to receive any kind of award. He only wanted to give something anonymously to a kid he would never know but I think when someone does something like this for others, especially for a kid, they should get a little recognition and a thank you from those who do know.


Les Randler - Rocket Santa

It's a very special thing to see a kid's face light up when they are surprised with a way to play along with the fire & smoke. Maybe, some of you will consider taking a kit or one of your old flyable rockets to your next launch and you can be a rocket Santa too.



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Prefer Paperback? No Problem!

Signed / personalized paperback copies of Rocket Babe - Dust Storm, Rocket Babe - Fallen Angel and Rocket Babe - Ant Men are all now available directly from the author!

Books are great gifts for any occasion! Holidays, birthdays or just because!

Dust Storm $10.00
Fallen Angel $12.00
Ant Men $13.00

Standard book rate shipping: $4 for 1st book; $1 for each additional book per address in the same order. Please allow 7-10 days for shipping, longer during the holidays.

*Special "Set" pricing! Get all 3 books for $32.00 includes shipping within the continental U.S.! Saves over $9 off the regular price and shipping!

*Shipping outside the USA available. Contact us for a postage quote before placing your order.


Send your email order to Verna at: with BOOK as the subject.

List each dedication separately and clearly. Be sure to include the full shipping address.

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Comes stock to fly on a single D.
Ours is a 3 engine cluster. D12 core with C6 outboards!

We love the Cestris!


We are always looking for great rockets and launch photos for Verna's Photo Of The Month.
If you have a great photo send it in and you might be featured as the Photo Of The Month. Just email your best jif or jpeg to



She'll go with you anywhere! Kevin, owner and moderator at the Alien Soup forum, enjoys Rocket Babe - Dust Storm between innings at a recent ballgame!


Visit Kevin at Alien Soup and tell him Verna sent you!


Vapor - Educational Display Rocket

If you're a teacher or mentor involved with students getting into rocketry for the first time then you'll want to check out the Apogee Components, Vapor rocket.

Its see-through body shows how the internal parts are put together, making it a great way to show your students all the parts that go into a model rocket. Everything is labeled so that common rocketry terms are easily learned and its large size is perfect for rocketry displays and to recruit new club members.


From the Apogee website...

"Because it is clear and you can see into it, the Vapor is one rocket that everyone will pick up. This is what makes it such a great conversation starter about model rocketry.

As they're peering inside it at the internal components, they'll be learning the specific names of the parts, because everything is labeled. They won't be asking you "what is this thingy called?" The learning begins as soon as they touch it. And then they are hooked on rocketry.

The Vapor has all the parts of a flying rocket but we don't recommend that you fly it. As soon as you launch it and the engine's ejection charge fires it will fill up with soot. It just isn't as impressive when it is dirty. The other reason is that we recommend white glue for construction to minimize glue joints. Unfortunately, that type of glue isn't strong enough for flights so you'd have to switch to epoxy or super glue if you wanted to fly it. That is more visible, which ruins the see-through characteristic of the rocket. But that is the first question you'll get from everyone as soon as they pick it up. So have a good answer as to why you're not likely to fly it.

We developed this phantom rocket for the purpose of attracting attention to model rocketry, and to provide an educational manipulative so that students can have a hands-on interactive tool that engages their senses. The big size is an attention getter too. We made it large so that if you're standing at the front of the classroom, the students in the back can see everything without straining."

*Great Educational Manipulative
*Comes with a 19 inch X 27 inch Poster Showing the Parts of a Rocket!
*Made in the USA



Ladies! Don't forget to get your ROCKET MOM sticker from Apogee while you're there!






Bones says...

Be a Rocket Santa all year long!


Verna & Randy's Rockets is proud to have been featured by:


Darrell Mobley's Website Review on Rocketry Planet


Dick Stafford's The Original Rocket Dungeon


Apogee E-Zine Peak Of Flight issue #155


April 2006  Finishing Touches
And Virally In Ezines Like:
Hobby Media Italy


You never know who will show up on Fire & Smoke!


Wan Hu loves Fire & Smoke!


Who do you fly with? Fly with family!




Graphics by Doc's Patriotic Graphics

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Verna & Randy

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